City images reflect photographer’s free spirit

Local | 6 May 2016 12:27 pm

Hong Kong-based painter and photographer, Janet Pancho Gupta, will exhibit color and black and white photographs from next Monday to June 4 at the Culture Club Gallery in Central, Hong Kong.

Her photographs capture the daily life in the city, the busy urban landscape and nature in the New Territories. As a painter, Janet is also known to create bold, detailed watercolor works and intense portraits that draw the viewer to the expressions.

She calls her photo collection a documentary of her life as a woman, wife, mother, and painter, hence Finding Space, the title of her exhibition.

Finding Space is about searching for time from her busy daily routine to take pictures. “When I do photography, I am completely happy and rejuvenated especially from a long day in the studio contemplating my next subject to paint. My photography expresses a lot of my free spirited nature and my silent wishes. I like macro photography because it brings me back to my child-like curiosities and beliefs in finding magic in ordinary places. My urban images reflect a lot of the daily life reality and my longing for balance and order. I’m driven to shoot symmetry, geometrical style of perspective, and minimalism. But there are also times of creations that pop into my head and which is more like a painter’s mind that capture moments by taking advantage of what already exists from out of nowhere — from rain droplets, to screens, and many more,” she says describing her style of photography.

She calls her work a transformation and not a transition because both painting and photography become a perfect marriage in her creativity.

She has held solo and group exhibitions in the past eight years in Hong Kong. Her works are in collections with art lovers in China, Hong Kong, Australia, India, United Kingdom, Norway and the United States. She's currently working on her next solo painting exhibition towards the end of this year.

More of her works are available at www.janetpanchoguptafineart.com

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