„By the roadside“ Photographs by Michael Nguyen:
Calmness in Sight
Artistic photography today moves quite differently than it did a few decades ago as a visual force and communicative intervention. This is amid an overflowing stream of images whose production, administration, and dissemination have long since run out of control of conscientious management. After film, television, computers, it is above all the smartphone that has catapulted us into a new visual age. Often, the challenge is to give the eyes an occasion to linger between their unsteady jumps from image to image. Michael Nguyen succeeds excellently in creating such an occasion with his photographs by creating clarity of vision and a challenge of interpretation through reduction and focus.
Michael Nguyen working in Munich
for his series “By the roadside”
Photos by Thanh Tung
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 accompanies us on little journeys through places in Bavaria, and elsewhere, to discover what the random walk leads us to.
Michael Nguyen roamed various cities in Bavaria, Austria and Italy 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 photography he refers to a reality that we all know, but interprets this reality with his images.
Click on an image to open the full-size gallery 2022:
(Munich, Starnberg, Gauting, Ismaning, Schwangau, Füssen, Eibsee, Zugspitze, Starnberg, Augsburg, Eichstätt )
By the roadside # 3082 - Augsburg (A house at the Fuggerei in Augsburg. Behind a window stands a man, in the middle a tree that casts a shadow. The Fuggerei in Augsburg is one of the oldest existing social housing estates in the world. Jakob Fugger donated the terraced housing estate in 1521. Today, 150 needy Catholic citizens of Augsburg live in the 140 apartments of the 67 houses for a very cheap rent. In return, they say an Our Father, a Creed and a Hail Mary once a day for the family Fugger.) © Michael Nguyen / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Click on an image to open the full-size gallery December, 2021:
Click on an image to open the full-size gallery November, 2021:
(Bologna, Venice, Venice-Mestre, Lido, Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo, Padua)
Click on an image to open the full-size gallery October, 2021:
(Munich, Günzburg, Neu-Ulm, Ulm, Mittenwald, Mühldorf/Inn, Simbach, Braunau/Austria, Würzburg, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Hanau, Aschaffenburg, Ingolstadt, Lindau/Lake Constance, Bregenz/Austria, Gauting)