This work is the branch project of ‘
The Lasting Future’,
which is in progress from 2019. Currently there are about 12 photographic pictures，memory game cards and some related paintings and texts. Starting from the research path of ‘non-artificial nature’, I focus on the entry point to capture a kind of subtle awkwardness and sense of distance in the relationship between human and landscapes. This work shows how human’s ‘outsiders’ position is further emphasized when facing non-artificial nature after escaping from the piled up urban spectacles.
The appearances presented by these photography seems to be documentary, in fact they have been digitally modified or reconstructed, in order to emphasize the “the outlier” feeling：the appearance of human in landscape is like having just landed on the surface of an unknown planet. When shooting the original images, I chose a flat angle of the landscape, coupled with the digital processing of the details, so that the images formed a stage setting (tableaus) without context, lacking the spatiotemporal axis. People and man-made objects appear inside this "tableau", but lack a narrative connection. The appearance of human in the image seems to be an instant that can be completely ignored by nature.
When I just arrived in Iceland, I was amazed at the fantastic and delicate beauty of every detail of nature. But after a few days, I began to ignore them, just as we often ignore the beautiful but ordinary things around us. I felt sorry and wanted to do something for them, so I took photos of the same location at different times and made them into a memory games, named “The Good Things Are Prepared For Strangers ”. The content of each photo is just flowing water that spreads on the ground, not grand, not special, and only subtle differences that require very focused observation to distinguish. It's like when I wake up every day and look at the scenery outside the window: it is the same, but at the same time it is different.
Those who have played memory cards may have realized that the set of cards I designed is very difficult, because the patterns of each card are too similar, requiring players to concentrate their attention on observing the differences in every detail. This is also the effect I want to achieve: this kind of in-depth observation of details brings us something deeper. After long-term hard watching and obsessive memory, we can see things more clearly and more clearly. In this way, these beautiful details will pass through our body in a transcendent way and stay in our memory. If you see similar details in the future, those beautiful, complex, unique but ordinary and common details, you may feel that they are awakened from within you: watching is transform.