Our Chief Article Writer Brittany Sutcliffe vistited Ezra Evan’s exhibition “Special Bruu” in BUMF Gallery.
A short walk to the BUMF gallery to try some of Ezra Evan’s “Special Bruu”, an exhibition featuring five photographers with images of countries outside the UK. Each wall had me feeling a little like I’m using Cerebro, a classic X-Men reference for those of you who have a life and accidentally think I’m referencing a medical condition. The images flow across the walls like a growth or an ivy, making the audience feel sentient as they’re given access to many small windows into what everyday life looks like elsewhere. Even the wide shots of cities, away from any kind of human subject, makes it feel intimate with the black and white hinting soft affection for the surroundings.
Eivind’s wall introduces subtle colours, the images look almost romantic where the photographer has chosen small unappreciated features like dry patches of grass or a shadow on a wall. There’s a focus and care to the work, wanting to capture the best or the taken for granted of the surroundings.
Tobias’ wall feels like a horde, the images portraying honesty in amongst the beautiful and mundane aspects of the everyday. You get a sense of time going by as you scan across the wall. It feels primitive, not by lack of photographic skill or comment on the subjects but because you’re witnessing a modern society swamped with such greenery, something you don’t get in London or Manchester. I imagine the phrases “modern life in a city” and “peaceful” teaming up well for once. The photos actually frustrate me a little when I can see all this stillness of the nature around the locals and yet they don’t stop to take in the space around them, I’m only capable of perceiving this frustration because I only have full-blown concrete jungles to compare their home to. This cements the need for us to know what life is like in other countries and how travel encourages a wider appreciation for what we already have on this planet.
All in all, a successful use of the gallery space, sticking the images up to feel more animated as opposed to stationary leaves us free from the imprisonment of a frame. I think this kind of presentation gives the work texture, the temptation to reach out and touch. Where our minds are so used to the confines of A4, this set-up gave me the eye for more than one photo at once, something that I think aptly matches our speed to process images, what with tech challenging our patience by throwing more and more at us. It’s satisfying to see the physical world (in the context of this exhibition) keep up with such an advanced part of our lives.
Words by Brittany Sutcliffe, Photographs by Ezra Evans