“Ordinary Sacramento”: A photo project finds playful, unexpected scenarios in the familiar




March 12, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Enoch Ku, shared with permission

Suit-inspired landscaping, overgrown shrubs, and misaligned stripes are just a few of the scenes that make up Enoch Ku Ordinary Sacramento, an ongoing project documenting the visual language of the California city. Ku is adept at identifying humor and peculiarity in the otherwise everyday urban landscape and framing a street sign or a bicycle stand in a playful way. Generally taken in a quiet moment, the compositions are evidence of the photographer’s keen awareness and ability to observe what others may not be doing.

Before the start Ordinary SacramentoKu worked as an actor and wedding photographer, two jobs that meant rushing from place to place. In addition to the performative nature of the work, the pace of this lifestyle triggered his desire to slow down the world and document it through a different lens. He explains:

In an Instagram world with stylized photos, highly processed photography, advertising and emotional conditioning, I want to convey and enhance the beauty of the ordinary and everyday. Silence, walking slowly, and being present is against the grain, and I want to encourage people to choose that. The world is a beautiful and fun place.

Prints of Ku’s photographs are available on the website Ordinary Sacramento Page? ˅and keep an eye on his Instagram for his first book, My Neighborhood Rosemont, CA (우리 동네 로즈 먼트), a visual love letter to be released later this year. (over Ignorant)


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