Dutch artist has laid-back opening for 'slow photography' exhibition

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 December, 2008, 12:00am

It was a laid-back opening for acclaimed photographer Erwin Olaf's exhibition Fall at the Art Statements Gallery on Thursday - and that's the way the jet-lagged Dutch artist preferred it.

After travelling non-stop for the past month or so to promote the photos and his accompanying book, he was a bit worn out. 'I was a bit [sensorily] overloaded when I arrived,' he said. 'I needed to go up to Victoria Peak yesterday and get some distance. I couldn't handle so much energy.'

Other than that, Olaf (pictured) loves the city and finds inspiration here. 'You see so many faces with fantastic character. I have to do something about that. Plus, in the last 48 hours, I think I've met more people from different nationalities than in the last two years.'

His photos juxtapose placid still life with off-kilter pictures of subjects caught with slightly disturbing and comical facial expressions. 'I thought a lot about it: why am I doing this quiet kind of photography? I realise there's so much going on in advertising and film, getting quicker ... more shock art and sexuality on TV, [so] I think my consciousness is reacting to that. You have Slow Food and maybe I want to create 'slow photography'.' The show is on until December 27 at 5 Mee Lun Street.