But when reflected from a shop window or a shiny surface of a marble floor, it takes on a surreal quality, distorted and fragile, likely to vanish in a pattern of ripples blown in by a sudden wind.
Such is the audience’s impression of Luna Lliro’s latest collection at the Locker Room restaurant and bar in DC Mall, Kuala Lumpur.
The 40-year-old Spanish photographer calls this her Axis Mundi collection.
This body of work is themed on architectural structures that have been erected as monuments to inspire nations and commemorate its people’s achievements.
The Petronas Twin Towers, seen from different angles, is her main subject for the eight pieces on show here.
Giving an insight into her technique, Lliro revealed to spending hours at a single spot, looking for the “right” reflections of her subject matter in the rear mirrors of nearby vehicles, puddles, shop front windows or the polished surface of a floor.
And there she will park herself with her trusty camera, waiting for just the right amount of light or a passing object to lend a blur of colour to her composition.
In “Southern”, one of her pieces, a passer-by unwittingly becomes her model when he stops to observe her at work.
“He was looking at me, perhaps wondering why I was taking a photo of the floor.
“As he stood there, his frame formed a silhouette beside the twin towers and completed my composition,” said Lliro, who had captured this mottled effect from the reflection on a marble floor.
Straight from the camera, done in a single exposure with no digital retouches, Lliro’s artistic style has seen her taking images of landscapes from moving trains and to cities in Hong Kong, Spain, Hawaii and Thailand where she is currently lives.
On her travel experiences, Lliro, who is single and lived in Hawaii for five years before this, said she has come to realise one thing about people.
“We may be isolated by bureaucracy, borders and politics but inherently, we are all the same. As such, we should start sharing our cultures, not just taking from what we think is superior,” said Lliro.
Axis Mundi is on show until Aug 31 at Locker Room, L3-01B, Jalan Damanlela, Damansara City Mall, Damansara Town Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
For enquiry on purchase, call 012-211 6095 (Chelsea).
Exhibition time is from noon to 1am (Monday to Friday) and 4pm to 1am (Saturday). Closed on Sunday.
Admission is free.
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