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Curator’s Choice: Gayatri Bhaumik

Welcome to our ‘Curator’s Choice’ - a special series dedicated to help you navigate through our curated collection
Bamboo Scenes Hong Kong Photography Curator Gayatri Bhaumik

For Gayatri, art is just more than just what you see on the canvas. As a journalist with an eye for detail, she admires the way art captures the feelings, morals, and politics of the society in which they’re created. As well as appreciating the art itself, she’s fascinated by the raunchy yet tragic stories behind Henri-Toulouse Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge paintings, the personal histories of the Dutch Golden Age portraits, and the representation of wealth and beauty of Renaissance art.

Art is just more than just what you see on the canvas. As a journalist with an eye for detail, she admires the way art captures the feelings, morals, and politics of the society in which they’re created. 

But as an amateur photographer, she’s more interested in how photography captures modern society and stories, as in the works of Annie Liebovitz, Steve McCurry, and David LaChapelle. Born in Singapore but raised in Bangkok with stints in Melbourne, London, and Hong Kong, Gayatri is an avid traveler that loves capturing the little details of urban life and the sweeping landscapes of nature on her journeys. That’s why she’s photographed London's mews and New York’s streets, Yosemite’s El Capitan and Jordan’s Wadi Rum Desert, and spent time in New Zealand’s Nevis Valley with Canon Master photographer Mike Langford.

Bamboo Scenes Hong Kong Photography Curator Gayatri Bhaumik

It’s this love of storytelling in art that drew Gayatri to Bamboo Scenes. She appreciates the brand’s unique vision of creating stories around their artists and photography art prints, and how its collection offers a truly unique perspective on one of the world’s most photographed cities.

Through her role at Bamboo Scenes, Gayatri is excited to put her journalistic skills to use in telling these stories. “The stories behind each piece of art often comes second to the work itself, but [Bamboo Scenes founder] Madelon has really found a niche by building a collective of artists that show a compelling side of Hong Kong and supplementing this by emphasizing their stories.” 

The stories behind each piece of art often comes second to the work itself, but [Bamboo Scenes founder] Madelon has really found a niche by building a collective of artists that show a compelling side of Hong Kong and supplementing this by emphasizing their stories.

Curator’s Choice Picks

What If The Sky Is For Show & The Aliens Are Watching - Vivien Liu

Bamboo Scenes Hong Kong Photography Artist Vivien Liu ​​What If The Sky Is For Show (2015) - Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I love this unique view of Central and Victoria Harbour, and the vivid colors, dramatic clouds, and deep contrasts add a real depth to the image.

Ten Years - Elaine Li

Bamboo Scenes Hong Kong Photography Artist Elaine Li ​​Ten Years (2016) - The Peak, Hong Kong

Everyone knows this classic view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, but with the clouds obscuring the harbour, it’s a really different take on it. It’s symbolic of the uncertainty we as a society are going through.

Crossing Light - Kevin Mak

Bamboo Scenes Hong Kong Photography Artist Kevin Mak Crossing Light (2017) - Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Most people think of Hong Kong as being a city of gleaming modern skyscrapers. The reality is captured in this image. Outside the CBD areas, much of Hong Kong still has old buildings that are charmingly wearing their age - though these are slowly being demolished for new builds. This image captures a vanishing aspect of the city.

Old Fashion - Sharon Liu

Bamboo Scenes Hong Kong Photography Artist Sharon Liu Old Fashion (2017) - Kowloon, Hong Kong

We all know and love the view of the Hong Kong skyline by night, but in this image, the city’s vibrancy really comes alive and captures some of the city’s indelible magic.

Crash Landing - Elaine Li

Bamboo Scenes Hong Kong Photography Artist Elaine Li Crash Landing (2017) - Whampoa, Hong Kong

I love the unexpected feel of this photo. It feels like there should be a pattern in the building, but it doesn’t quite emerge, and the boat-mall in the center just feels off-kilter. It shows how urban planning caters to our society’s extreme commercialism.

Call of the Mountain - Kelvin Yuen

Bamboo Scenes Hong Kong Photography Artist Kelvin Yuen Call Of The Mountain (2020) - Sharp Peak, Hong Kong

The ethereal quality of this image is so captivating. With no identifying landmarks, the silhouetted mountain peaks and incredible cloud formations create a scene out of time and place.

Interested to discover more of our art collections? Have a look at our curated photography art collection or discover each selected collection per Bamboo Scenes artist.

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