LA Noble Gallery: Chris Steele-Perkins 'Japan Suite' (until 1st February 2014)
One of the most visually stunning pieces is 'Child with Kite at Grand Spring Festival', pictured below. The viewer finds themselves instantly transported to within the frame of the photograph, taking the place of the child. The cloud of haze around the child epitomises the feeling of being young, free and boundary-less. A distant, vacant gaze on the face of the subject is captivating beyond description, as our attention becomes drawn to the toy kite, joining the focus of the young boy. Intriguingly, the adult figures in the photograph have been blurred and almost made anonymous by the foggy haze that frames the child, ensuring that the boy maintains possession of our attention, however much we may try to divert it. It is often easy to dismiss the true value of photography, due to its reproducibility and sometimes repetitive subject matter, but here Steele-Perkins contests such an idea with this engaging and beautiful image.
Image courtesy of www.magnumphotos.com