Thirty photographs of buildings, interiors and bric-a-brac of life on the Lazimpat street line the gallery walls. This unusual composition transforms ordinary objects into items that demand our attention: implements outside a hardware store, clothes hanging on a line, the sun catching the straw baskets of a street cleaner-none of it is mundane viewed through Damien Murphy's lens.
Some of the strongest pictures are that of shops and their interiors. They are imbued with all the magic of Aladdins caves. Cast in rich shades of vermilion, the shops echo the sacred colour of the city.
Murphy recently took this series of photographs in Kathmandu in just one particular location-the main street of Lazimpat-and in a very short space of 24 hours. The result is an exhibition of fresh and inspirational photographs that are both magical and quintessentially Nepali. He has the keen eye for the unusual, interesting and appealing that is so necessary to a good photographer. Murphy's perspective challenges us to examine what we take for granted. (Alan Rudderham)
"A day in Lazimpat" by Damien Murphy is showing at the Lazimpat Gallery Caf?.