The Saul Leiter exhibition held in February 2022 at Piknic was full of photos that captured the signature stillness and mellow of New York, teleporting the audience to the streets of old New York. The subtle city landscape permeating in the windows, umbrellas, mirrors and rainy streets generated an illusion of a watercolor painting. The Collection was inspired by the unique shape that is naturally formed by the aesthetics of blurry images, soft colors and the void and the occupied, on top of the layers that were created by the reflections and mirrors of objets.
The in-depth perspective of Saul Leiter can be observed in the soft and cozy alpaca wool coat, the Alyda dress structured with the combination of blue and mauve, the Anok skirt boasting a unique shape and multiple layers, the Leiter dress that resembles the watercolor-like work of Leiter and the Felice sequins/glossy jersey skirt inspired by the rainy damp streets.
His words, as shared below, well as his work, stayed with me;
There’s just too much.
It is not where it is or what it is that matters but how you see it.
I like it when one is not certain of what one sees.
When we do not know why we are looking at it, all of a sudden we discover something that we start seeing.
I like this confusion.
His lab assistant once remarked in boredom: “Not umbrellas again!”
to which Leiter simply replied: “I love umbrellas!”