Eyes in Mountains
— Archival Pigment Print, wood
This work is completed during my stay in Canada, when I was travelling to the Rocky Mountains and the falls around. It explores tourism’s role as a mediation between human and Nature. It also attempts to examine the subjectivity of the non-human existence (namely, objects, animals, plants, etc.).
Nature is generally considered as an object of our gaze. However, when entering the mountains, I found that Nature overwhelms humans and expresses itssubjectivity. Reverse to what we normally conceive of it, the natural beings cast their gaze upon humans. Humans, as intruders, stumble into the cosmos of Nature. The distinction between the seeing subjects and the objets seen is blurred,and they become interchangeable. This phenomenon fascinates me.
This project attempts to seek and reflect on the imagery of the “EYE”. Tourism offers a series of new ways to look at Nature on the one hand, and it also turns humans to the objects seen by nature on the other.
* I’m selling all the prints (some framed) in the original exhibition. Please email me if you are interested.
Exhibition view from:Dizygotic Intergrowth I, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China