I have known Azul for quite some time now, and he has been doing mainly street photography for quite some time. Being a native of KL, he understood the nook and cranny of the city more than most people and has the knack of being at the right spot to pull the trigger - in the photography sense I must add.
So, when he announced on Facebook that he would be holding his first solo exhibition - KL Urbanism, I was delighted. Just name the time and place, and I would be there.
It turned out it would run for a couple of months at MATIC, starting from the middle of Ramadhan. Last weekend, I had the chance to meet him at the exhibition space, and he was kind enough to take me through his works. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a rush and could not spend too much time. But there was enough time for a pose or two and the one he took of me showed his eyes for the right spot.
I counted more than 30 of his prints mounted at the venue, all in black and white. He used the same camera for all his captures for the exhibition - a Fuji mirrorless. Grainy and with plenty of grit, the contrast was amazing, all printed on Epson papers. The photos were just those which you would encounter walking around the busy streets of KL. They do not show any faces clearly to add to the intrigue
I wished that there was more narrative to each of the captures as it would add colour on what was an already great aesthetics. I plan to bring my son along once more before the event ends. Idlan planned to take up Media Studies for A levels, and this would open him up to what entails.
Please give the exhibition a visit if you are not busy. MATIC is located along Jalan Ampang, within walking distance from KLCC if you choose to park there. There were plenty of spots to park at MATIC itself, or better still, just catch a Grab. The show will end on the 21st of July 2019.