About So Close
So Close is a 2002 Hong Kong action film directed by Corey Yuen and starring Shu Qi, Zhao Wei and Karen Mok. The film's English title is derived from The Carpenters' song "Close to You", which has a prominent role in the film.
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The photos that capture Glasgow's cultural melting pot
By Paul O 'HareBBC Scotland
Asked where she was off to, Eliza told the award-winning photographer: " I'm going to Farmfoods. "
Murphy found out where she lived, knocked on The Family 's tenement flat window and spoke to her mother.
He then Set Up his tripod, adjusted his medium format camera and captured a striking street portrait.
It is now one of More Than 150 black and white images which feature in, a new exhibition celebrating one of Scotland's most diverse communities.
An estimated 88 languages are spoken in the densely populated area, which covers about a third of a Square Mile or 85 hectares.
The community has been close to Murphy's heart since his grandmother moved there from the nearby Gorbals in the early 1970s.
" It is a real Melting Pot of different nationalities and cultures. "
In 1999 Murphy rented a flat in the area before taking on his first job, as a postman in nearby Clarkston.
Asked how he selects his subjects, Murphy said: " It's all about wandering. I might see someone who looks a bit interesting.
" It's definitely a visual thing. It could be a haircut, a guy who looks craggy or something slightly off kilter. "
The father-of-two started his street portrait project in 2016 and, during the Covid lockdown, he created a window trail exhibition featuring 25 images.
One of his most celebrated pictures features Paisley, whom he met with her young son in McDonalds.
He Said : " She was wearing a camouflage jacket and had amazing hair.
" Paisley featured in my first exhibition and came to represent The Project .
In Sara's case it was her over-sized Fur Coat that caught his eye.
Murphy recalled: " It looked amazing and turned out it belonged to her mum.
" I Imagine That the mum's coat was the closest thing to hand.
" I loved it and thought it made Sara look very regal, queen-like. "
Murphy has become so embedded in the community that he has even photographed some of his subjects on More Than one occasion.
But he only discovered the coincidence when he spoke to Eliza's mother.
" They had just got out of a taxi and were wearing beautiful dresses and were clutching huge presents wrapped in LOL doll paper.
Last Year Eliza again found herself in front of Murphy's Mamiya R267 camera.
Murphy said: " Scott said he wouldn't normally do it but let me take his picture.
" He looks like an intimidating character but if you look really closely you see what matters to him.
" Above his right eye he has The Word 'family' tattooed.
" There is a softness there. We don't spend a lot of time looking at people's eyes. "
When Murphy first encountered Performance Artist Seamus he had recently lost his elaborate costumes in a fire.
Murphy, who is a lecturer at Glasgow Kelvin College, said: " He was quirky and playing a character.
" The ideas that Seamus comes up with and brings to life could form a whole project on its own.
" It was tongue-in-cheek as the area has been portrayed as having a rodent problem.
" Govanhill does have issues, and I'm not aiming to hide or amplify them, that's not my job.
" But if you look properly, you will find treasure in Govanhill and that treasure is its people. "
More recently he chronicled the harrowing plight of in Bangladesh on A Trip with aid agency SCIAF.
" But when I started travelling my priorities shifted. Photography opened my eyes.
" It gave me a greater empathy and understanding of what is going on in The World and the difficult lives people have.
" I really think it shaped me. I became less interested in celebrities and just photographing Real People . "
Murphy's passion for the traditions of his craft in the Age Of digital also makes his raw portrait work stand out.
He Said : " I use medium format film, which gives the images a lot of clarity and sharpness, even when they are blown up.
" The Street is my studio and I want people to be proud of their pictures. "
Govanhill runs at Street Level Photoworks in Trongate, Glasgow, until 27 JanuaryRelated Topics
Source of news: bbc.com