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Street Abstractions: January 3 – February 3, 2018

Solo Show
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 1/3 – 2/3/2018.
Reception: FRIDAY, January 5 (Rescheduled), 6 – 8 pm.

Street Abstraction #04733 Susan Bowen

I began taking pictures of the ground in the messy winter of 2015, when we had frequent snow and ice. Because I was looking down a lot so as not to fall, I started documenting abstract shapes I would find along the way. These ‘ground pictures’ have been continued more recently on my Instagram feed (@susanbowenfoto); the upcoming January exhibit is of the images that started me on this path.

Artist Statement: “‘Street Abstractions’ is an exploration of the abstract shapes I find on the streets and sidewalks of New York City, mostly in the neighborhood where I live. Often created by leaks from garbage bags left at the curb, dropped liquids, residue of winter street salt, and the like, most people would see only ugliness… if they notice at all. I like to find beauty in these unexpected places.

The look of an abstract painting is what I’m trying to evoke. They vary as to the degree to which they have identifiable details, but it is the abstract graphic quality I’m looking for in these images.

Though my neighborhood is getting more gentrified (and destroyed) by the second… it is still not the cleanest of neighborhoods. I have found this to be of great benefit to me, as there is always something new to find spilled, dropped, or dragged on the sidewalks in just in the handful of blocks I typically wander.”

Also posted in 2018, Solo Shows

In Your Face: June 7 – July 1, 2017

Solo Show
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC, 6/7 – 7/1/2017.
Reception: Tuesday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm.

In Your Face #02331 Susan Bowen

Gallery-wide show on the theme of the New York City character. My show, ‘In Your Face’, is 15 images shot with me walking nearly head-on into my subjects as they approach me. Find me in the upstairs left-hand gallery.

Also exhibiting are Norman Borden, Neil Lawner, Carol Julien, and Anthony Almeida… Come join us for this fun show.

Artist Statement: “The energy of the city, the density of crowds, is what inspires my various ‘people walking’ photographs. For this series, I am in motion as well as my subjects. I am as much as I dare walking head-on into my subjects as they approach me. I use a normal or slightly wide-angle lens, so I am only several feet away from my subjects at the “moment of impact”. For some reason I find this exhilarating.

It is no accident that I mostly shoot these pictures in Times Square or on Canal Street… as these are among the most pedestrian dense areas of the city. Crossing intersections is the most fruitful, as people are (rightfully) focusing on getting to the other side and maybe not so focused on their cell phones (or on the strange woman coming towards them). I am responding to people as moving shapes, as abstractions. I may be capturing the liveliness of humanity, but I do not want any picture to be “about the person”. I want my people to be anonymous and to represent us all. So if anyone were to stop me, I’d explain that the picture I just took of them really isn’t about them at all.”

 Susan Bowen

Photo by Norman Borden

 Susan Bowen

 Susan Bowen

Also posted in 2017, Solo Shows

Now on Instagram (@susanbowenfoto)

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Also posted in 2015