Vivian Maier and Filippo Minelli: London Gallery - Beetles & Huxley

Vivian Maier and Filippo Minelli

Looking into images that were taken in a past generation has somewhat changed the way i see portraiture. Vivian Maier captured some truly compelling images in her time through the streets of Chicago. Filippo Minelli has changed the way i see colour in my images. The enigma that he presents in his work is a testament to his graffiti work and a lot of graffiti work in general. Colour can captivate and dramatise the most mundane or 'ordinary' places. 

Vivian Maier was a nanny in Chicago (mainly). It’s said that she pursued photography in her spare time. Her images have only recently been uncovered. Her portrait work is striking, as the connection she has with her subjects seem close yet distant. The intense attention to detail alone coupled with the strong composition, which is in turn anchored by the black and white tones. 

ooking at her work, its very apparent she had a strong understanding/Link with human relationships. Observing her work has also enabled me to understand the importance of capturing a moment in time as opposed to orchestrating the world around me to suit my wants/needs. There are instances where a documentary approach is the best approach to take when photographing a subject/scene.  

The gallery space was well suited to the images. The minimalist approach seems to be a recurring theme with most modern galleries and exhibitions concerning the photographic practice. This is something I will have to bare in mind when I come to exhibit my own work. 

Filippo Minelli’s work was also present at the exhibition. At first sight it struck me a great deal more than Vivian Maier’s work. This is mainly due to the vivid colours that Filippo has chosen to use for his smoke bombs. The colours that he has chosen counteract with the colour pallet of the entire scene.   

The fact that he has chosen to use smoke bombs (a timely and stealthy substance) and freeze them in time and make them seen, is in of itself a great concept. Looking past the obvious or using the obvious and twisting it for your own measure can intrigue the viewer and compel them to see the landscape as an ethereal plane of existence.