IMAGE COURTESY OF ASAF OREN
www.asaforen.com / @asaf.oren
“From the series Domestic Moments – The project is composed of a series of staged large-format photos of daily actions, taking place in private domestic spaces. Those domestic spaces are revealed to the eyes of the observer with an abundance of light, color and detail, allowing them to observe and research the properties and symbols of each place. However, those “documented” acts are an extremely daily routine, seemingly totally insignificant actions. The kind of actions we never really pay attention to, and certainly don’t bother to commemorate by taking a photo. This meticulous and penetrating documentation method attracts the viewer and offers them a sharp view into those daily situations, creating a great sense of importance. But, a deeper observation will reveal that the main interest and subject matter are the domestic spaces themselves and their contents, and not the actions taking place in them. The contrast between those “unimportant” actions and between the wealth of information and cultural hints which lies in the details, creates a tension. The same tension which accompanies the question “what deserves to be photographed?””
Editor’s comment: While the eye goes first to the woman in the doorway, it’s a delight to bounce off to the lower left third where the child is. There is so much here to absorb – a beautiful chaos that sums up motherhood quite wonderfully, and that Asaf manages to channel into a semblance of order through his composition. Excellent color and detail of daily life as well.