Claiming to be “special in the prop”, Michael Nguyen’s images were taken during the pandemic and show us buildings, streets, stairs, vehicles and the like that we might come across at any time by chance in our daily life. .
By highlighting the colors and shapes of each carefully framed scene, we get a new perspective on the often mundane elements of our surroundings, whether it’s empty seats in a stadium and their attractive alignment against a bright blue sky. or how a shadow might cast across an otherwise dull concrete wall on a summer evening.
There is always a play on geometric lines and shapes in Michael’s work. Regular and symmetrical. We can almost see a constant search for perfection, where all the elements, be it color, light or surface textures, harmonize to offer us photographs that are as impressive as they are revealing.
“If we walk with our eyes open, we can see interesting, beautiful, but also ugly things on the side of the road every day,” says Michael in an interview with Münchner Merkur. “And if we look at the things around us not only with open eyes but also with open hearts and minds, we will discover a world that is otherwise closed to us: sometimes spectacular. Sometimes ordinary, but surprisingly wonderful. be it a view of a modern building, a glimpse of a construction site, a riverbank, a bus stop or just a footprint someone has left on the other side of the sidewalk. “
A self-described photographer and poet, Michael Nguyen has lived in Gauting near Munich since 2015. After a long break from the cultural industry, he has devoted himself entirely to art again since 2018. His work focuses on things seemingly daily, giving a new perspective and a new soul through a subjective lens.
In this latest series, we accompany Michael on short trips through regions of Germany, Austria, Italy and beyond to discover where a random walk might lead us. Through Michael’s lens, we see his particular eye for detail, compelling us to take another look at our own familiar streets and local haunts.
By the Roadside will be on display at Bosco Gauting in Munich from March 8 to May 5, 2022. In the meantime, you can browse Michael’s series at nguyensminiaturen.de.