Photography as time capsules
|What makes photography powerful isn't the tonal contrast, the composition,
the color, the pixels, the grain, or even the subject matter of the image,
but instead it's the emoting idea conveyed by the image. Photography
captures time in a butterfly net and puts it in a capsule for later consumption.
This exhibit is a personal indulgent retrospective of three subjects in
roughly three different time periods:
Nothing beats a good eye through time. It is as if I've been learning
to see, learning what will make impact, and discovering people’s innate
characteristics. This isn't just a time capsule of my growth in photography;
it's a story of how I've been learning about living through photography
¾ bringing to life the secrets of how to see rocks bleed.
(1997) Nature has one good quality: it doesn't move, usually. Most
photographers start out working with nature, so that they learn how to
compose, frame, zoom, and choose contrasting angles. The challenge here
is learning to see.
(2000) Architecture presents the additional challenge of increased play
with light and shadow, exacerbating composition issues. Framing might
have been difficult in nature, but architecture dares one to find new interpretations,
new ways to make visual impact.
(2001) People are unfortunately notorious for moving around rapidly and,
worse, erratically. This is a major source of headache. The
solution is learning to recognize and anticipate their movements, getting
to know them, using one’s senses to guide the lens and camera, and using
this awareness to discover what is innate in their motions.
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Pictures from the Reception
(September 28, 2001 4.30pm--6.30pm)
Ed H. Chi
Palo Alto, California September 2001
Born in Taiwan, Ed H. Chi started pursuing art seriously in 1989 as
a ceramist, starting with hand-built sculptural forms and moving on to
utilitarian vessels on the potter’s wheel. Most works were vases
ranging from 1.5-3 feet tall. At the University of Minnesota, he
started studying photography in 1992. In 1997, after a 3-year hiatus,
he picked up the camera again. Starting with a series of studies
in nature on several trips, he moved onto architecture. Not fearing
the unknown, he is now on a quest to understand the human form and its
relation to the surrounding contexts. In his spare time, Ed enjoys
doing research on his computer, and martial arts.