@openeyegallery - Open Eye Gallery

Contemporary photography gallery, Liverpool Waterfront. On now — Kinship. 9 May - 7 July. We also run LOOK Photo Biennial!
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Hi, I’m Denisa Molnar (@denisanmolnar) here on my third day of the takeover. My series 'Efemer' is currently showing as part of Open Source 08. /
Shot during my fleeting visits to native Romania, ‘Efemer’ attempts to record the places and faces of what was once the familiar– a bittersweet nostalgia of viewing those closest to us from afar. The imagery serves as an on-going link to a country I feel displaced from while portraying the ties we have that make a place home. /
#efemer #identity #documentary #photography #familiar #nostalgia #romania #belonging
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Hi, I’m Denisa Molnar (@denisanmolnar ) here on my third day of the takeover. My series 'Efemer' is currently showing as part of Open Source 08. / Shot during my fleeting visits to native Romania, ‘Efemer’ attempts to record the places and faces of wh

Hi, I’m Denisa Molnar ( @denisanmolnar ) here on my second day of the takeover. My series 'Efemer' is currently showing as part of Open Source 08. /
Shot during my fleeting visits to native Romania, ‘Efemer’ attempts to record the places and faces of what was once the familiar– a bittersweet nostalgia of viewing those closest to us from afar. The imagery serves as an on-going link to a country I feel displaced from while portraying the ties we have that make a place home. /
#efemer #identity #documentary #photography #familiar #nostalgia #romania #belonging
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Hi, I’m Denisa Molnar ( @denisanmolnar ) here on my second day of the takeover. My series 'Efemer' is currently showing as part of Open Source 08. / Shot during my fleeting visits to native Romania, ‘Efemer’ attempts to record the places and faces of

Hi, I’m Denisa Molnar ( @denisanmolnar ) here on a takeover for the week. My series 'Efemer' is currently showing as part of Open Source 08. /
Shot during my fleeting visits to native Romania, ‘Efemer’ attempts to record the places and faces of what was once the familiar– a bittersweet nostalgia of viewing those closest to us from afar. The imagery serves as an on-going link to a country I feel displaced from while portraying the ties we have that make a place home. /
#efemer #identity #documentary #photography #familiar #nostalgia #romania #belonging
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Hi, I’m Denisa Molnar ( @denisanmolnar ) here on a takeover for the week. My series 'Efemer' is currently showing as part of Open Source 08. / Shot during my fleeting visits to native Romania, ‘Efemer’ attempts to record the places and faces of what

 🧢Keith Haring launches tonight at @tateliverpool, our neighbours. Open from 6:30, hope to see you there! ——— This shot is by @ben_buchanan_photo, and we’re showing it (and many others) from Friday in ‘New York Scene/Unseen: portraits of Keith Haring and friends’, on a display outside the gallery in Mann Island atrium. Having a launch party for it too on Friday — come and hang! There’ll be a donations bar, a panel discussion on the New York underground (6-7) and then a party from 7-9, with an all-NY soundtrack. Curated by @susan_supercharged. Part of our responsive programmme - if people come to us with an exhibition, we’ll do what we can to put it on.
#keithharing
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🧢Keith Haring launches tonight at @tateliverpool , our neighbours. Open from 6:30, hope to see you there! ——— This shot is by @ben_buchanan_photo , and we’re showing it (and many others) from Friday in ‘New York Scene/Unseen: portraits of Keith Haring

Tate Liverpool
New York underground, shot by @april8nyc. ———
We’re showing these (and many others) from Friday in ‘New York Scene/Unseen: portraits of Keith Haring and friends’, on a display outside the gallery in Mann Island atrium. Having a launch party for it too on Friday — come and hang! There’ll be a donations bar, a panel discussion on the New York underground (6-7) and then a party from 7-9, with an all-NY soundtrack. Curated by @susan_supercharged. Part of our responsive programmme - if people come to us with an exhibition, we’ll do what we can to put it on. This also coincides with TATE Liverpool’s Keith Haring show, launching the day before on Thursday — we’ll all be there for the party, and hope to see you too. 
#voguing #vogueball #houseninja #willininja #housextravaganza #newyorkunderground #newyork80s #keithharing
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New York underground, shot by @april8nyc. ——— We’re showing these (and many others) from Friday in ‘New York Scene/Unseen: portraits of Keith Haring and friends’, on a display outside the gallery in Mann Island atrium. Having a launch party for it to

Manhattan, New York
 Voguing legends Willi Ninja and House Xtravaganza, shot by @johnsimonephotography. ———
We’re showing these (and many others) from Friday in ‘New York Scene/Unseen: portraits of Keith Haring and friends’, on a display outside the gallery in Mann Island atrium. Having a launch party for it too on Friday — come and hang! There’ll be a donations bar, a panel discussion on the New York underground (6-7) and then a party from 7-9, with an all-NY soundtrack. Curated by @susan_supercharged. Part of our responsive programmme - if people come to us with an exhibition, we’ll do what we can to put it on. This also coincides with TATE Liverpool’s Keith Haring show, launching the day before on Thursday — we’ll all be there for the party, and hope to see you too. 
#voguing #vogueball #houseninja #willininja #housextravaganza #newyorkunderground #newyork80s #keithharing
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Voguing legends Willi Ninja and House Xtravaganza, shot by @johnsimonephotography. ——— We’re showing these (and many others) from Friday in ‘New York Scene/Unseen: portraits of Keith Haring and friends’, on a display outside the gallery in Mann Isla

New York, New York
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Thank you to everyone who made last night so beautiful. LOOK Photo Biennial chapter one is open — catch @yanwangpreston at Birkenhead priory (pictured), and two exhibitions at Victoria Gallery and Museum: Shanghai Sacred (Liz Hingley & Chen Hangfeng) and Cant See The Wood for the Trees (@tabithajussa & John Davies).
Photo by @kengrantinfo. Install view of @yanwangpreston’s Forest.
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Thank you to everyone who made last night so beautiful. LOOK Photo Biennial chapter one is open — catch @yanwangpreston at Birkenhead priory (pictured), and two exhibitions at Victoria Gallery and Museum: Shanghai Sacred (Liz Hingley & Chen Hangfeng)

LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 Chapter One launches this Thursday! Super excited to show @yanwangpreston’s ‘Forest’, which recently won a @worldphotoorg prize. Join us at Birkenhead Priory (an 850 year-old building) to launch it at 8. There’ll be a free bus leaving from Victoria Gallery & Museum at 7:45, where we’re also launching Liz Hingley & Chen Hangfeng’s ‘Shanghai Sacred’ from 6. The bus will be returning to Liverpool later that night. Email declan@openeye.org.uk to reserve a space on the bus.
Image: Egonyan Park, Chingqing, China, 2017, @yanwangpreston.
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#look #look19 #environment #landscapephotography
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LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 Chapter One launches this Thursday! Super excited to show @yanwangpreston ’s ‘Forest’, which recently won a @worldphotoorg prize. Join us at Birkenhead Priory (an 850 year-old building) to launch it at 8. There’ll be a free bu

Chongqing, China
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LOOK Photo Biennial chapter one launches this Thursday! Join us from 6 at @victoriagallery, all welcome. 
Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of China’s largest city, which sits at the forefront of the country’s unprecedented religious revival. Displayed on a bamboo sculpture built by Chen Hangfeng. @lizhingley1
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LOOK Photo Biennial chapter one launches this Thursday! Join us from 6 at @victoriagallery , all welcome. Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of China’s largest city, which sits at the forefront of the country

Victoria Gallery and Museum
Today is the last day of my takeover! Thank you to @openeyegallery and everyone who’s followed me during this week, it’s been a pleasure! My final post is from the series Maciej
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Maciej recently applied for his Settled Status. The process was arduous and we spent a long day combing through paperwork and trying to figure out the nuances of the app which he had to initially register on before proceeding with the main part of the application
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I was more than happy to help but I mostly felt helpless and confused, but Maciej remained calm and rational
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@marie_elaina_ 
#identity 
#portra400 
#portraitphotography 
#fujigw690iii 
#introvert
#120film 
#mediumformat 
#filmphotography
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Today is the last day of my takeover! Thank you to @openeyegallery and everyone who’s followed me during this week, it’s been a pleasure! My final post is from the series Maciej . . Maciej recently applied for his Settled Status. The process was ardu

Maciej is from northern region of Warmia-Muzury in Poland, this region was historically once part of Prussia. Warmia-Muzury is known for it’s lakes and forest, Maciej has a deep affiliation with nature. Although he has lived in London for 10 years, he still finds time to escape the daily grind of the city
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Maciej has always had a passion for drawing and illustration. After completing his studies in Warsaw, he decided to move to UK to pursue his creative career. Maciej graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins. Wherever we go he always has his sketchbook with him
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#landscapephotography 
#portra400 
#portraitphotography 
#identity
#fujigw690iii 
#introvert
#120film 
#mediumformat 
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Maciej is from northern region of Warmia-Muzury in Poland, this region was historically once part of Prussia. Warmia-Muzury is known for it’s lakes and forest, Maciej has a deep affiliation with nature. Although he has lived in London for 10 years, h

Hello! It’s Marie Smith, on the penultimate day of my takeover of @openeyegallery and I’ll be posting work from my most recent series titled - Maciej
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I’m shooting this project on a mixture of 120 and 35mm film. This series seeks to investigate the nuances of my boyfriend’s Polish identity, not just within the context of Brexit as I believe it’s important to frame an individual’s identity outside of a singular subject
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Although Brexit is very much in the background of the our life, I want to look at the nuances that make him the person he is, and those particulars that have evolved especially as he’s lived in UK for the majority of his adult life
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#landscapephotography 
#portra400 
#portraitphotography 
#identity
#fujigw690iii 
#introvert
#120film 
#mediumformat 
#filmphotography
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Hello! It’s Marie Smith, on the penultimate day of my takeover of @openeyegallery and I’ll be posting work from my most recent series titled - Maciej . . I’m shooting this project on a mixture of 120 and 35mm film. This series seeks to investigate th

Hey! It’s Marie Smith, continuing with my takeover. Today I’ll be posting another image from my series The fog has lifted slightly and I can think clearer
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Also as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought it be apt to reflect on this subject a bit more with you all
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In the most recent extract, I reflected on how my anxiety/depression has been a help or hindrance to my creativity. Here’s an extract for your perusal. You can find a link in my bio @marie_elaina_ to full series
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How has my mental health been a help and hindrance? 
I am slightly ashamed of admitting this but I feel that my anxiety has been a key driving force in my achievements to date. These past few years I have been very productive and I found many of the ideas that I have been procrastinating on coming into fruition, finding that extra energy sometimes from my anxiety has left me feeling fraught and exhausted. 
Especially after completing my MA, my brain went into overdrive and it took me a good year for my body and brain to work in sync again. 
The experience of my Mum dying and completing my MA (my mum died three weeks after I started my MA) altered my identity, it changed me - physically and mentally. 
There’s no going back.

I wouldn’t want to necessarily and I suppose I’ll never know how I would have been if my Mum hadn’t died so suddenly, I still would have done my MA and my brain would have altered due to that experience anyway. 
In some ways it has been a help, more so than I care to acknowledge, it’s slightly scary to think that I’m not capable of working without the added tension that my anxiety/depressions creates as sometimes I can’t relax and I get panicked if I’m not being ‘productive’ even on walks in my daily grind I feel the compulsion to bring my camera ‘just in case’. It’s like I’ve developed a photography FOMO syndrome unintentionally
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#35mm 
#35filmphotography 
#blackandwhitephotography 
#reflection 
#mentalhealthawareness 
#ongoingseries 
#landscapephotography
#anxietyanddepression
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Hey! It’s Marie Smith, continuing with my takeover. Today I’ll be posting another image from my series The fog has lifted slightly and I can think clearer . . Also as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought it be apt to reflect on this subject a

Here is an extract from the series The fog has lifted slightly and I can think clearer
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The fog has lifted slightly and I can think clearer
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I didn’t realise the side effects would be so severe. Sometimes I’m a bad reader of my body and state of mind, I can show a complete lack of self awareness. I’m also inconsiderate towards myself and this can be projected onto others.

I didn’t mean to stop my taking my anti depressants, I just did. 
I should have done this gradually over a course of time so I had control and awareness of what was going on.

It started with the dizziness, heart palpitations and this constant feeling that I was getting the flu. I remember waiting for a train at E&C station, it was around 10pm and I had several layers on, none of this could stop my body feeling like a block of ice. I was shaking and shivering even walking up and down the station platform didn’t get me warm. This was only magnified by seeing non one else as in much discomfort as I had felt. My body ached and my feet felt like they didn’t exist. 
I felt numb, totally dead inside
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#35mm 
#35filmphotography 
#blackandwhitephotography 
#reflection 
#mentalhealthawareness 
#ongoingseries 
#landscapephotography
#anxietyanddepression
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Here is an extract from the series The fog has lifted slightly and I can think clearer . . The fog has lifted slightly and I can think clearer . I didn’t realise the side effects would be so severe. Sometimes I’m a bad reader of my body and state of

Hello! It’s Marie Smith continuing with my takeover. Over the next few days I’ll be posting work from two of my recent ongoing series. These images are taken from the series, The fog has lifted slightly and I can think clearer
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I recently came off anti depressants, to process my decision and quantify what my depression/anxiety has affected me I started to write things down. This evolved into an ongoing photo/essay series, it’s provided me with a space where I talk frankly about my mental health history
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#35mm 
#35filmphotography 
#blackandwhitephotography 
#reflection 
#mentalhealthawareness 
#ongoingseries 
#landscapephotography
#anxietyanddepression
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Hello! It’s Marie Smith continuing with my takeover. Over the next few days I’ll be posting work from two of my recent ongoing series. These images are taken from the series, The fog has lifted slightly and I can think clearer . . I recently came off

This shot was taken on 28/10/18 which was her anniversary of my mother’s death, performing the final segment of this series provided a sense a closure and an opportunity to contextualise my new identity whilst consolidating on my prior experiences
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#filmphotography 
#migration 
#visuallanguage 
#selfportrait 
#familyarchive 
#landscapephotography
#motheranddaughter
#simonedebeauvoir
#portra400
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This shot was taken on 28/10/18 which was her anniversary of my mother’s death, performing the final segment of this series provided a sense a closure and an opportunity to contextualise my new identity whilst consolidating on my prior experiences .

Hey! This is Marie Smith here and it’s the second day of my takeover. The series Blown out like a candle is an attempt to deconstruct my identity by analysing my mother’s migration from Jamaica to UK
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This was facilitated by having access to her personal archive which I inherited when she passed away. It seems that we both have a sentimental streak and like to keep items that represent key moment in our life. This self portraits features a keepsake from my walk from Peak District
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#filmphotography 
#migration 
#visuallanguage 
#selfportrait 
#familyarchive 
#landscapephotography
#motheranddaughter
#simonedebeauvoir
#portra400
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Hey! This is Marie Smith here and it’s the second day of my takeover. The series Blown out like a candle is an attempt to deconstruct my identity by analysing my mother’s migration from Jamaica to UK . . This was facilitated by having access to her p

This series coincided with the 3rd year anniversary of my mother’s death
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During this process I was reading De Beauvoirs’ A Very East Death and going for long walks to ease my anxiety, this shot was taken in Peak District/Yorkshire
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Being in the rural English landscape made me reflect on my mother’s early life in rural Jamaica and provoked me to ponder on the imagined landscape of her youth
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I also incorporate writing into my work, I see text as another form of visual language. The handwritten text provide personification and adds context for the viewer. Also as I studied MA History of Art, my writing evolved and is now an integral part of my practice
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#filmphotography 
#migration 
#visuallanguage 
#selfportrait 
#familyarchive 
#landscapephotography
#motheranddaughter
#simonedebeauvoir
#portra400
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This series coincided with the 3rd year anniversary of my mother’s death . . During this process I was reading De Beauvoirs’ A Very East Death and going for long walks to ease my anxiety, this shot was taken in Peak District/Yorkshire . . Being in th