Swoon-worthy photography at Tarzeer Pictures

The sensation of confiding without constraint, of being in front of each other without judgement, of bearing witness to bare nakedness.

The art of photography, in a sense, builds on honesty: capturing moments as they happen, however they happen, with less room for calculated perfection and a propensity for raw representations of reality. It’s everything as it is, and it’s this that embeds the art with its own brand of intimacy – where subjects open themselves up to being captured in a moment by another, to surrender to their vision, and to welcome connections with those who come across it.

In Tarzeer Pictures’ Swoon, John Eric Bico, Christine Chung, Regine David, James Lontoc, Ralph Mendoza, Renzo Navarro, Cenon Norial III, Mav Bernardo, and Raymond Paredes explore this intimate bond between photographer and subject and make a case for the power of photography, granting viewers witness to the connections made in capturing shared experiences, private moments, and intrapersonal musings.

The exhibit possesses a marked sincerity, surrounding viewers with images that exude a complete openness. Upon entrance, the walls are graced with captured moments: celebrations of friendship, moving pedestrians, and mundane vignettes of the everyday that in turn unravel into passionate tableaus of interlocked limbs, touching flesh, and sultry gazes. Endearing, contemplative, and sometimes shocking, these images gracefully welcome viewers into quiet and intimate moments put forth without judgement or pretense. Punctuating the exhibit’s end behind two curtains is a black room, closed off from the stretch of pastel orange walls to enshroud viewers in the luminous glow of twelve lightbox portraits: close ups of tearstained faces emanating revelations of vulnerability – a capsule that confronts poignant introspection and cathartic release.

The cohesion of the gathered pieces works brilliantly; walking down the linear space feels like looking at lives tied by a string, so that somehow the carnal image of a couple in bed can exist in the same room as the endearing image of elderly friends on a park bench. This can only be a testament to the sincerity of the cause – the directness of the images presented. Ultimately, Swoon accomplishes a celebration of human connection, an invitation to bare all.

The exhibit is on view at Tarzeer Pictures until October 26.