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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

Street Photography and the Urban Scene
May 20 – June 18, 2017

Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren St., Hudson, NY. 5/20 – 6/18/2017.
Reception: Saturday, May 20, 5 – 7 pm.

Four-person show; I’m one of the two Showcase exhibitors. Richard Sandler, William Hellermann, Susan Bowen, and Peter Donahoe. I am exhibiting 12 pieces from the New York Walking series.

Davis Orton Gallery is a charming gallery in the artsy small town of Hudson in upstate New York.

From my statement: “This group of images were shot at busy street corners in New York City, as I like to record the swirl of activity around me. The vantage point is low; I am sitting on the ground with a small tripod and rapidly capturing people as they walk by.”

Davis Orton

Also posted in 2017, Group Shows

Below Canal Street: July 5 – 22, 2017

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 7/5 – 7/22/2017.
Reception: Thursday, July 6, 6 – 8 pm.

Group show in the upstairs gallery. I will be exhibiting four of my Instagram images.

Show Statement: “New York City can be divided into familiar areas and for our first, location-based group show we are asking for images made on the streets and shoreline of Manhattan below Canal Street. TriBeCa is our immediate neighborhood, but there is also a wealth of material around Battery Park City, the Financial District, South Street Seaport and the Courts. People, places, small details and large buildings: the only restriction is that the original image was made Below Canal and that the final print speaks to the show’s title.”

Also on exhibit downstairs is Soho Photo’s annual National Competition.

Also posted in 2017, Group Shows

Street Abstractions: January 3 – February 3, 2018

Solo Show
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 1/3 – 2/3/2018.
Reception: Thursday, January 4, 6 – 8 pm.

Street Abstraction #04733 Susan Bowen

I began taking pictures of the ground in the winter of 2015, when it snowed and was icy often. Meaning I was looking down a lot so as not to fall. I’ve continued this series more recently on Instagram (@susanbowenfoto); this show is of the images is what started me on this path.

Artist Statement: “‘Street Abstractions’ is a series of images of abstract shapes I find on the sidewalks and streets of New York, mostly from the neighborhood where I live. Often created by leaks from garbage bags left at the curb or 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 such unexpected places.

The look of an abstract painting is what I’m trying to evoke. I do beef up the color and contrast and do other enhancements of the digital image, but the shapes are as I found them, framed to make an strong design. 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.

I live in the East, and though the 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

LensCulture Street Photography Awards
Top 100 Photographers: Sept. 2016

I am pleased to announce that I have been included in LensCulture‘s list of top 100 photographers in 2016 in the topic of Street Photography.

Click on the image below (New York Walking #54985) to see this image on the LensCulture site and to see the many other wonderful winners.

Also posted in 2016, Awards / Proposals, Group Shows

Master Class with Bruce Gilden: Sept. 13 – 16, 2016

I had fun this month attending an Akademie workshop held at the Leica Store in Mayfair London, from Sept 13 – 16, with Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden.

It was an inspiring and entertaining few days with Bruce. Stay tuned for more of my “Walking Pictures”, this time set on Oxford Street, London. Thanks for a fun time Leica and Mr. Gilden.

Also posted in 2016, Group Shows

Now on Instagram (@susanbowenfoto)

Follow Me on Instagram (@susanbowenfoto)

Well I’m finally diving into the Instagram craze. You can find me here: Sign up to “follow” me. (Note the user name is F instead of PH in this case.) Thanks!

Also posted in 2015