|My images are about
beauty in a world where modern ruins and high technology coexist, where the
old and the new contrast and complement each other. Full of mystery,
quandaries, and questions, without any given answers, they do not fit into
any conventional or tangible notions of beauty, except perhaps in the beauty
of geometry. Predominant are the hard surfaces and shapes of structures --
metal, concrete, brick, and glass -- that consist of strong angles and
curves. Among the shadows and mazes of these structures lay implied
narratives, which I attempt to show rather than tell by utilizing maximum
depth of field and thus allowing viewers to actively explore a scene and
create their own story.
The modern beauty that I explore is
clean, strong, and, most importantly, infused with a sense of exoticism and
intelligence derived from easier global access and a mix of global
influences. This exoticism is what differentiates it from most of
yesterday’s strictly minimalist aesthetic and makes it pertinent to today.
Most importantly, it is warm and vaguely nostalgic in order to
counterbalance and make sense of the impersonal, intellectual, and
controlled nature of our increasingly high tech world.
Warmth in my work comes from high
quality of light, which, amidst constantly changing concepts of art and
beauty, remains timeless and classic. Night or day, the right lighting can
turn a good image into a great image. When the lighting and the image work
in perfect harmony to express a specific thought, the result is sublime. I
thrive on the challenge of working with existing light and situations rather
than constructing or reconstructing a scene. By relinquishing control, I
open up the possibility of a happy fate -- a sudden passing car, a trail of
smoke from an airplane, a ripple of water -- that takes an image to a higher
level. These surprises are delightful, tiny epiphanies and the ultimate
manifestation of beauty.