Monday, 26 January 2015
Ken Payton kicks over the Traces@Scrupule
Ken Payton on the right with Jean-Luc Etievent
Some of the photos of the American West
After spending much of the day at Millésime Bio I headed off to the opening of Ken Payton's Traces – an exhibition of his photos from the Midi, Turkey and the American West. His exhibition is housed in Scrupule an alternative bookshop and meeting place in Montpellier, whose attrractions includes a choir that specialises in revolutionary songs.
Leaving the Parc des Exposition I knew I could take the tram and if I chose the right stop I wouldn't be very far from 26 Rue du Faubourg Figuerolles. Unfortunately the internet connection at Millésime Bio is hopelessly slow, so I couldn't load the map on my iPad, so I just had to try and remember what I had seen previously on a map. As I might have known I got off far too early and so had a fair trek to get there as well as an interesting time trying to find the Rue du Faubourg Figuerolles and then Scrupule, which is on the first floor up a steep wooden staircase.
My walk to Scruple and then the return to my Ibis hotel near to La Place de la Comédie further reinforced the idea that I need to explore Montpellier more and that when exploring it's best to go north. Best to avoid the souless and rather nightmarish Antigone and then the flat southern suburbs and instead wander through the maze of streets to the north and west of the Place de la Comédie.
Ken has a keen eye for interesting faces and scenes along with the bizarre. The exhibition was accompanied by songs from Woody Guthrie very much in keeping with a few of Ken's American West photos featuring ruined buildings.
The exhibition runs until 14th February and Ken will be there most evenings of this week.