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Daily Newspaper Münchner Merkur "An occasion to linger" INTERVIEW: Photographer Michael Nguyen talks about his inspiration and passion
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Oct 21, 2022
Photo artist and documentary photographer Michael Nguyen lives in Gauting, near Munich, and is co-founder of the online photo magazine Tagree. He is now exhibiting 34 of his photographic works under the title "Clarity of Seeing, Fantasy of Interpretation" in the foyer of the Max Planck Institute in Martinsried. The exhibition can be seen from Oct. 24 to Dec. 9 at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry (MPI) in Martinsried, Am Klopferspitz 18. Our staff member Miriam Pietrangeli-Ankermann spoke with the artist.

... "Which motifs captivate you?
There are four motif areas that captivate and inspire me. Facades of buildings, because for me buildings are not static objects with four walls and a roof. They are sculptures. The design made of bricks, glass, wood or other materials that architects use are their "clothes" that make our cities and urban spaces more beautiful and alive. Then I am captivated by plays of light and reflections. I capture magical moods. Reflective surfaces inspire reflection. Looking into a mirror image opens up new perspectives, the viewer is invited to look very closely. Likewise urban elements and details, where I focus my elaboration on the geometric, the symmetrical and the shapes and colors in detail. I leave aside the manifold surroundings. And I love shadows. They are like Yin and Yang, disorder and order, fire and water. The interplay between these elements makes everything interesting. The light casts the shadow... the shadow casts the magic.

What inspires you?
Seeing and perceiving. I try to walk through the world every day with my eyes open and to perceive my surroundings very consciously. What does a person perceive in their surroundings? Seeing and not seeing in our everyday life and in our environment is the subject and inspires me in my artistic photography in the previously mentioned four areas. Many people are, when they are outside their home, are busy with different thoughts. Problems within the family, in the partnership, stress at work. Ukraine war, Corona, financial worries. This has an impact on our perception, be it on the way to work, shopping or other activities. However, if we "See Deeper" this can be an enrichment for us."....

Read the Interview at the Online Edition Münchner Merkur (German)
Read the interview at The Limited Times (English)

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