Sheung Yiu | PHOTO(graphy)
Born 1991 in Hong Kong, based in Hong Kong, now in Hong Kong.
(PHOTO)graphy is a conceptual still life project that re-examines the limitation of photographic image to the representation of reality, by treating photographs as surrealistic objects. When an image is printed on a photo paper, the paper acquire the appearance of the photographed subject and the subject obtain the physical quality of a paper sheets. Each work in this series attempts to accentuates the physicality of the photo paper. Through bending, cutting, burning and other ways of physical manipulation, I release the image from its 2 dimensional surface back into the 3 dimensional reality. In this way, I probe questions about the way we understand a photos, a visual artifact we has grown so accustomed to in its merely 150 years of existence, it has embedded into the common language in the contemporary consciousness.
In 1839, when Sir John Herschel coined the term ‘photography’ and announced the innovation of ‘painting with light’ to the public, people almost instantly started exploring its use in science and fine art. Nobody seemed to be stunned by the idea nor the perfect replication of ‘reality’ using light. Today, in the omnipresence of digital photography, smartphones and social media, humanity has never gotten a greater abundance of visual imagery. Throughout the history of photography, attention was placed on the possible application and commercialization of photography, everything but recognising the photograph itself as a visual miracle.
Being the last generation to witness the whole transition from analog photography to digital photography, photo albums to profile pictures, I want to remember that excitement of looking at a portrait of my younger self taken by my mother, the enchantment of seeing a developing image in the chemical bath. Photography, first and foremost, is about the photograph – the paper and the image.
(PHOTO)graphy re-examines photography as an expressive medium and photographs as surrealistic objects. Each work in this series plays with some aspects of photographs – the compression of dimension, the signs and symbols, the appropriation of reality etc. It is an imagination of the photograph from a perspective with which photography is a foreign concept.
Photograph is a representation but not the essence of the subject photographed. Acquire the appearance and texture but not the physical properties