Made in darkness
It is commonly accepted that social acts and cultural creations
are most practised in time and space with light. Light becomes the
base for humans to create the world and we are becoming increasingly
dependent on light and trust the visual images captured by the camera.
However, DARKNESS gives us a particular space in which we temporarily
forget time and location, and DARKNESS can stimulate our imagination
and liberate us from the light cave..
My work is closely connected with the different processes
in which I make visual photos without using a traditional camera.
It is true that the camera gives us freedom to capture images, however
it seriously limits our imagination to mechanical machine and we may
not escape from it.
The main course:
1. I make graphic on the photo paper in the DARKNESS and use the ancient
photographic PINHOLE box in which I place the photo paper.
2. Out of Darkness and back to light reality, I look for the environment
location which could be combined with my graphic photo paper and then
use the PINHOLE box to capture this environment into images.
3. I have to be back to DARKNESS again and develop these images into
negative images with chemical liquids.
4. Last, I leave the DARKNESS again, and I scan the negative images
into the computer to turn them into positive images.
NEGATIVE images in the physical realm and POSITIVE images in the
digital realm are reminiscent of the ancient Chinese philosophy YING
YANG. DARKNESS and LIGHT are two major key points in my work and they
make me wander in dreams during the daytime.