“Whenever I move to a new city on my own, I have the same sort of experience within my first few days. I go to a bar, I sit down, stumble my way through ordering a beer in whatever language is spoken (often with lots of hand gesturing) and take a look around. Inevitably, I end up with a similar scene in front of me: a couple fighting, a couple in love, an awkward date, an older man alone. In the same bar there will always be a group of young people laughing, enjoying themselves, fully comfortable with who they are and what they are doing, or at least appearing so. This is who I’m always most interested in. How did they get to be friends? What moments have they shared together to lead to that round of laughter? Who has hurt who? Do they know it? A complex algorithm of trysts and adventures, mistakes and triumphs leading to each quip, each kiss, each stare.”( Gabi Manga)
The book "is a journey with a group of young people, a night, a weekend or a life of desire, of love, of lust. They want to have fun and to let go, they feel like doing crazy things, hormone levels are high, they are teenagers or young adults and they don't care...
But in Chad Moore's eye, things also stay soft in a certain way, no alcohol or drug is shown, the skin and nudity are very simple and always joyful or passionate... he succeeds in conveying the wildness of the moment and the underlying desire without being intrusive or voyeur, and offers raw portraits, mainly of young girls, that seem quite common but always display a form of love and an energy that builds throughout the book.
A not so unusual setting, no real story, simple portraits, but somehow a quite interesting and quite powerful book!" (Andrea Copetti)
'The New Portrait', Stieglitz 1, Antwerpen from March 31 to July 11th 2015
Ein kleiner, kraftvoller Beitrag zur Fotografie der Jugendszene; es mischen sich Tages- mit Nachtaufnahmen, Innenräume oder Außenaufnahmen, ohne das der örtliche Bezug von besonderer Wichtigkeit ist (obwohl im Hintergrund auch schon einmal der Paris Eiffelturm zu sehen ist). Wichtiger ist der Blick auf die Gemütslage: traurig, verliebt, beschwingt, überschwenglich, versunken, betrübt. Der Betrachter wird Zeuge von Ereignissen, die das Leben der abgebildeten jungen Menschen, beispielhaft nicht nur für diese Generation, mit entscheiden.