以「INFORMAL CHEMISTRY」畫展，香港街頭攝影師Gideon de Kock的首次攝影展，為宀畫廊踏入第二年揭開新一頁。是次展覽將展出Gideon de Kock一系列35mm鏡頭攝影作品。
圍繞著街頭上人們日常生活和聚集之地，2018年他走過橫街窄巷，出版首本相集「Some Near. Some Far」，而「INFORMAL CHEMISTRY」是其延續之作，見証從對帶有對抗性和直白的風格，演化到有如偵察的細緻而脫俗的傾向。技巧性的取景構圖，Gideon鏡頭以遙距觀察四周環境，平庸主體變得具裝飾感的豐富之作。
宀 Gallery kicks off its second year with INFORMAL CHEMISTRY, the first solo exhibition by Hong Kong-based street photographer Gideon de Kock. For one night only, the show presents an exclusive collection of unique artworks creates from 35mm film photography.
Gideon De Kock moved from South Africa to Hong Kong in 2015 and in the same year picked up his very first camera. In the space of only four years, what started as a creative interest has developed into a full-time profession. Aside from his commercial work, Gideon is passionately committed to a personal practice which is almost exclusively shot in 35mm film.
His subject matter gravitates around the streets, the every-day and the people who inhabit collective spaces. In 2018 his journey through the avenues of Hong Kong culminated in the publication of his first photo book, "Some Near. Some Far". INFORMAL CHEMISTRY is a continuation from this project, with a photography style that has evolved from ‘confrontational’ and candid, to a more detail orientated investigation of concepts like supramundanity and purpose. While expanding beyond Hong Kong Gideon builds upon his distinct perspective of contemporary environments; turning objects into ornaments and elevating banality with the skillful act of framing.
INFORMAL CHEMISTRY is not a collection of grand gestures, it’s a series of fleeting moments. When captured, these moments ask us to examine the importance of the ‘every day’, the subtle strokes that go unnoticed.
How do you value your home and place? How do you value the people around you and the space they inhabit? What importance do you place on your immediate environment? And what is the value of these images in a space so concerned with grand ambition and artistry?
Here, common objects and moments have transcended to become the supramundane. A hyperfocused view allows things that were once simple in nature to take on meaning beyond their original form and purpose. Through these new ways of seeing, I hope we develop a stronger bond with the world around us, and find empathy and sympathy for our home, and our place in it. With our environment as a mirror, how might we better understand ourselves, and each other?
Informal Chemistry delves into subdued moments of rest, tension, relaxation, isolation and love in places like Hong Kong, South Africa, Namibia and Thailand. We experience solitude, community, trips to the 711 and pure chance. Sincere, honest and untouched moments.
If you see something in a new way, will you ask different questions? Maybe, things become more beautiful the longer you look.
Gideon de Kock
Gideon de Kock www.gideondekock.com