The exhibition comprises of 17 pieces (shot on film), all portraits of owners and artists whose professional lives reside at the border of Tollcross and Bruntsfield. The project’s idea is the result of an earlier encounter between Latif and the gallery’s owner, Ian Farmer. The space of the independent art gallery is tastefully crafted and perfectly suited for powerful and engaging exhibits.
The artist’s works seem to capture the very essence of people, who consequentially are immersed in their special professional environments, which in turn are moulded to suit their characters and needs. Latif’s work can be characterized by his clear and flowing style (which is especially apparent in his portrait pieces), as well as the breadth of his subject matter. The photographer’s oeuvre demonstrates a certain ability to transcend the limitations a medium such as photography might entail, by putting an emphasis on the human mark left on its surroundings and vice versa.
Latif himself states that for him: “The outside is an extension of the inside.” The artist shares that before taking the portraits he tries to establish a connection with his subjects. This approach can be very comforting and sagacious: “in a world where people tend to disregard reality to a certain extent” according to Latif.
One of the pieces called Gordon: Gordon Stevenson Violins is especially intriguing. It is a well composed, yet effortlessly touching photograph, where the viewer can quietly observe the inseparable bond between Gordon, who seems to epitomize the violin shop owner, and his environment. When asked what defines a successful picture, Latif states that for him this point is reached once what he feels has resonated through the image he creates.
Latif’s work is certainly visceral and palpably humanistic.
By Liliya Nikolova
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