Intimate Moments: Kenji Onglao

Kenji Onglao

Kenji Onglao

Kenji Onglao

Kenji Onglao

In much the same manner as Nan Goldin and Lina Scheynius, Brussels-based photographer Kenji Onglao blurs the division between public and private and transforms the intimate into the exposed. Interchangeably utilising disposable cameras, 35 mm film (in both colour and black and white) and instant film, Onglao appropriates his personal life as the raw material for his body of work. The fact that he uses film rather than relying on the pristine exactness of digital machinery lends his photographs a beautiful grain and natural quality that complements his portrayal of narratives directly taken from everyday life.

Capturing both people and places, there is a strong sense of wanderlust that runs through Onglao’s imagery. Journeys unfold and the viewer is witness to a spectrum of emotions and moments. Like any good artist, Onglao leaves us poised at the brink of understanding, leaving questions answered and instilling the desire to see more.

Danica

March 18, 2011