May 4, 2021

Exhibition Dates: 13 May – 13 June 2021
Preview:  Thursday 13 May,  2021, 4-8pm
Venue: Blue Lotus Gallery, G/F 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–6pm , closed on public holidays 

Michael Kenna 'Mina, Study 4' Japan, 2011, Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

Michael Kenna, 'Mina, Study 4', Japan, 2011. Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery


‘NUDE STUDIES’ explores the age-old fixation by artists to represent the human body specifically through the lens of three current photographers. All practice within the analog domain and yet their work manifests in unique forms. From the Grand Master of the minimal black & white aesthetic, Michael Kenna breaks new ground by photographing the human figure for the first time but not without his signature style. For colour and the vital female gaze we turn to Au Tze Long whose intimate and deeply personal works move between stories, dreams, ritual and reality, whispering of life’s inherent messiness and pain. Ben Felten’s project on photosynthesis marriages content and technique as his double exposures of plants on nudes come to life through cyanotype printing which are developed in sunlight.

Benoit Felten, 'Palms on the Back', Hong Kong, 2021. Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery


Although ‘the nude’ is a gigantic field within art and photography - we humbly present to you three voices and three photographic studies on the topic. In doing so we also open up our own horizons, this being the first time Blue Lotus Gallery presents an exhibition of only photographic nudes.
Prints, books and zines by Au Tze Long, Ben Felten and Michael Kenna will be available at the exhibition.
The opening reception on the 13th May is part of the Central West Galleries Day and the exhibition is an Associated Project of Le French May 2021.

Au Tze Long 區子朗, 'Siu Ding 04', Hong Kong, 2018. Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery



About the Artists:

Au Tze Long sees photography as a sublimation from reality to spirituality. A graduate of the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, she was awarded a scholarship through the Julian Lee Asia One Photographic Awards in 2017. Her first photo-book Intosomnia was published in 2018, and in 2018-19 she held solo photography exhibitions in Hong Kong and Tainan, Taiwan. Au is also an indie singer in two bands - Carame/ and Artichoke Heart -- her music interests are diverse, from dream pop to improvising ritual chant.

Ben Felten is a French born photographer living in Hong Kong. He started his photography work 15 years ago shooting jazz musicians in small Parisian clubs. When he moved to Asia in 2014, his work shifted towards street photography using a panoramic film camera. This led him to exploring the more unusual features of film photography, including double exposures. He was also commissioned to illustrate a couple of large format books, Dreamhounds of Paris (2014) and Unknown Armies (2016). This led him to perfecting his portraiture work, and in 2018 the double exposure and portrait threads merged into the Photosynthesis project. This in turn rekindled his love of cyanotype printing which he'd dabbled in 10 years earlier. In 2020, he released a zine of his panoramic street work called Colours of Shanghai.

Michael Kenna was born in 1953 in Widnes, Lancashire, England, just 12 miles from Liverpool. In 1981 he received the Imogen Cunningham Award and subsequently sold out a major exhibition at The Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco. Since then, there have been close to 400 solo exhibitions of Michael Kenna’s work in galleries and museums throughout the world. Kenna has had over 50 books published on his work and has won numerous awards. His limited edition fine art photographic prints are in the permanent collections of such important institutions. Michael Kenna currently resides in Seattle, Washington, USA. 


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