By the roadside (ongoing)

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The footprints of man

If we walk with our eyes open, we can see interesting, beautiful, and also ugly things along the road every day. And if we walk with not only with our eyes but also with our heart and mind open, you will discover a world that would otherwise remain closed to us. Sometimes spectacular. Sometimes ordinary but surprisingly miraculous. Be it a look into a garage, a view onto the riverbank, the bus stop before the chewing gum vendor machine, or just a footprint somebody has left on the opposite side of the pavement.

Michael Nguyen shows urban landscapes as well as urban spaces (mainly in Munich) in different cities. They all can enrich a life between buildings. In sports facilities, parking lots, bus stops, children's playgrounds, sidewalks, bike racks, shopping mall forecourts, among others, necessary, optional and social outdoor activities are feasible and offer the possibility of growing social life in the city. Nguyen accompanies us on little journeys through places in Bavaria, and elsewhere, to discover what the random walk leads us to. He shows the footprints of man.

Most of the images were taken during the 2020-2021 Corona Pandemic. Michael Nguyen shows in many of his works a melancholic picture of our world with Covid-19 through his subtle digital processing of the photographs. Nguyen roamed various cities in Bavaria during the Corona pandemic. A focus of his works since COVID-19 are urban landscapes as well as urban spaces in different cities. Urban spaces can all enrich a life between buildings. Sports facilities, parking lots, bus stops, children's playgrounds, sidewalks, bike racks, shopping mall forecourts, and more are all places where necessary, voluntary, and social outdoor activities are possible and offer the opportunity to grow social life in the city. Since Covid-19, social interaction in the Urban landscapes with their spaces has lain fallow. Michael Nguyen conveys this sensitively in his mostly "deserted pictures“. Nguyen enters the motifs of his urban landscapes with a great deal of empathy. He makes the city, urban landscapes and architecture visible and documents them for posterity. With his artistic documentary photography he refers to a reality that we all know, but interprets this reality with his images.

Latest images: Gauting & Starnberg Gallery

The images of the series "By the roadside" are sorted in 15 different galleries:

one “Main Gallery” and 14 Galleries for the “Starnberg District” (including the hometown Gauting Gallery)

Eyes of concrete bodies
When walking to a lake in Tutzing - Gemany, my eyes wandered the landscape, and my mind drifted into trains of thoughts. An interesting new apartment building with a massive fence in front caught my eyes. I wondered: Is living in a big, stylish, modern apartment really different from my living in a modest nest by the Gautinger woods, where I can always see through my windows vast stripes of trees? What would the people there see every day? Of course, they see things through their eyes. The eyes, in turn, see things through the windows. The windows become the eyes. If we look closer, really closer, we see what others see in the reflection of the world IN their eyes. Sometimes darker. Sometimes rosier. Sometimes obstructed by a wall, physical or mental. Beautiful. Distorted.

Main Gallery “By the roadside”

Scroll to the bottom of the page to read editorial articles on the series Werksviertel Munich, MIRA Shopping Center,  Gauting Public Swimming Pool - Waiting for the summer and One year Corona Pandemic.

Moonlight is actually sunlight reflected from the moon's surface. The light in this picture (which was taken at the Campus Garching- Germany) is in fact sunlight of a late winter afternoon. But somehow it is cool and gentle like moonlight. It shines through a moon-shaped hole, paints the walls with its soft glowing silver-white, renders the tree silhouette-ghostly, and lights up the forbidden stairway to an unknown place.