Piece description from the artist
During the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, photographers practiced an international style and aesthetic movement called pictorialism. It was the first effort to stray from straightforward photography and present an image that reflected the interpretation of the artist. Building on that beginning, photographers today pursue various abstract expressions, including the techniques of impressionism that are used in this piece. Using long exposures, camera movement, special lenses, textures and color, photo impressionist work like this image is inspired by the Paris-based impressionist painters of the 19 Century.
This work is part of Robert Dodge's "Dreams of Bangkok" series, an emerging portfolio that captures fleeting moments of scenes in Bangkok, Thailand. The images capture popular scenes of Bangkok and reflect it back on the viewer in blurry flashes of night-time or even waking dreams that one would experience after visiting this Southeast Asian city in Thailand. Always front-and-center of any time in Bangkok are fleeting moments of streets flooded with motorbikes, street food and outdoor produce markets. Here in Robert's work, we find in bold and colorfull prints of those dream-like moments of our last stroll through this magic city.
Robert Dodge is a writer and fine-arts photographer with specialities in travel, documentary, portrait and LGBT themes, as well as iconic scenes of the nation's capital. Robert has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 years, first as Washington correspondent for The Dallas Morning News. He is currently on a long-term, self-assignment in Bangkok, Thailand, and photo shooting in Southeast Asia as covid restrictions permit. After leaving daily journalism in 2006, he founded Robert Dodge Visual Media. His first major project focused on what happened to Vietnam in the four decades after the war. The project was printed in 2014 as a book, "Vietnam 40 Years Later," by the Italian art-book publisher, Damiani. Ten prints from the project were acquired by the U.S. Library of Congress for its permanent historical collection. The project won top honors in FotoWeekDC's Uncover/Discover contest in 2013. In 2010, an image from the project won an honorable mention in the Santa Fe Workshop's LIGHT contest. And more recently, an image from the book was a winner in LifeFramer's 2020 contest, YOUTHHOOD. As a journalist, The Dallas Press Club honored Robert for his Dallas Life Magazine story "Mr. Bentsen and the President," which chronicled the close relationship between Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and President Bill Clinton. In 1999-2001, Robert was president of the National Lesbian and Journalists Association. Robert continues to work on writing and photography projects and is available for commissions.