“I seek to connect with the people in my photos, to see beyond the superficial, how people dress up and subsequently hide. I draw inspiration from 1970’s feminist photographer Jo Spence and her unique ‘Female Gaze’. Sadly, our society is one of lost connections and the result is a sense of isolation and alienation, something I try to redress.
The audience sees what I see in my view finder. I was mostly 3-4 feet away from the model. I like to get in close so we can hear each other breathing, so the clicks of the shutter do not resonate like the keys turning in a prison cell door. I try to empathise rather than objectify.
I think it an important part of my process that I open my home studio in Islington. Potentially making myself vulnerable in order to achieve connections and pictures reflecting the resulting relationship between photographer and sitter who has also taken a leap of faith, trusting and allowing me to make my art. Only cropped and with no special filters, my pictures have been praised for their honesty and realness.
Artist statement by Bruce Wang, edited by Naomi Elfred Ross.
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Bruce Wang has been tenant of Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) for 30 years, in a secure home that enables him to develop his talents. He participates in PBHA’s Enterprises People – Supporting Makers programme at Outpost social enterprise shop and gallery. All photographs are for sale at affordable prices, from £45, with all profits going towards supporting Bruce to continue his work.