TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
在時光流逝之餘，我們也被迫一直往前走。或許只有按下快門的那一刻，才是時間真正停格的瞬間。這次 enya Fashion Queen 時尚女王雜誌很榮幸邀請到黃詩茵 Shin、余梓勤和洛堤 Lotti 三位風格迥異的攝影師參與這次七月號的特別企劃。從時尚旅行、街頭風景到建築攝影，希望能透過一系列鏡頭下的影像傳遞正向能量。如影子追著光，這些影像創作者們正捕捉著疫情下最美好的瞬間，與自己的對話中詮釋著他們所認知的「心生活」。
人在變，周圍的環境也正經歷著新舊交替的傳承，乘載著不同文化的歷史脈絡。作為一名建築和空間攝影師，余梓勤在鏡頭下看到的是人和景觀、建築之間的相互牽動。不管是讓人聯想到電影奇異博士裡上古尊者的《Lego House with Yellow Raincoat》，還是充滿暗黑劇場感的《CUBE #0》，他的作品都散發著一種電影般的戲劇化色調。並非刻意要讓畫面具有電影感，反之，是想以電影的方式來詮釋現實。透過鏡頭捕捉畫面，再以鮮明強烈的色調精準傳遞當下所感受到的情緒，他的作品彷彿帶著觀影者進入了一個幻想與現實交疊的世界。這些作品裡的建築和人物都真切地存在著，卻有著電影場景般的虛實，令人著迷。
靈感由生活而生，在疫情前我們忙於工作的日常一直被我們當成生活，反而現在的狀況讓我們更接近真正的「生活」。—— 攝影師 余梓勤
《Lego House with Yellow Raincoat》| © Tzu-Chin Yu. All rights reserved.
拍照是一件很謹慎的事，應該靜靜的做，換句話說，攝影師該像個隱形人。——已故傳奇時尚攝影師 Bill Cunningham 。他的一句話，奠定了黃詩茵 Shin 靜謐的攝影風格。
左為《心視界 01》中圓形建築門洞替代窗戶、瞳孔或代替輪播疫情新聞的電視，而所框出的畫面是極其溫暖的陽光普照 | © Shin Huang. All rights reserved.
我們有多久沒有停下來了？疫情升溫雖帶來諸多負面；反觀，也是一次 pause and reset 的機會。本攝影作品中，我的背影停留在新竹動物園的一片綠意盎然中，那是許久不曾有的寧靜。畫面隱約可見水泥窗戶，引含內心被現實困住的部份越形越小。利用疫情宅家的時間多與自己對話，藉由慢下來讓生活重新升級。—— 攝影師 Shin Huang
《心視界 03》 | © Shin Huang. All rights reserved.
「身為創作者無論大環境如何改變，創作的初衷不會輕易被影響。」Shin 眼中的未來是透過科技的力量，去創作出療癒人心的畫面，並以更多人文攝影的角度去詮釋作品。機器或許是冰冷的，但照片和掌鏡的人卻很有溫度。像一條溫暖的弦撥動著觀影著的感性世界，Shin 透過一張張染上暖色調的攝影作品，正向世界傳遞著她的堅毅和正能量呢。
隨著攝影文化的改變，街拍成了常見的題材，卻也容易淪為單調的客觀影像記錄。對洛堤 Lotti 來說，他想要捕捉的是街頭中最扣人心弦、無法複製的那一個瞬間。旅居異鄉時，他總是會問自己：「什麼才是只有我能看到的角度？」在他的攝影作品中感受得到居住者的情懷，卻又沒有當地社會既定的包袱和價值觀。以「暫居者」的視角看世界，反而多了一份瀟灑的自由既視感，這想必就是專屬於洛堤的攝影視角。
如果說一座城市的路口能夠展現當地的風俗民情，我認為是有其根據的。這張是我2018年 TIFA 東京國際攝影大賽的銅獎，也是我到目前為止最喜歡的一張作品。—— 攝影師 洛堤 Lotti
《太極》© Lotti. All rights reserved.
在去年也曾經歷日本緊急事態宣言，回台不到一年又再次遇上疫情的挑戰，洛堤表示心態上的調適是所有影像創作者需要面對的課題。對於無法走出戶外做街頭攝影，他選擇退一步將注意力拉回街拍前需要做的規劃和模擬。除了透過 Google Earth 3D 模式去探索和構想未來的題材，他也重新審視了以前的作品，在調色和攝影構圖上找尋新的詮釋手法。或許我們也能利用這個機會，重新檢視過去的自己，蛻變成更好的自我。即使受限於宅居生活，洛堤的前瞻視野已經看準解封後的無限可能性，令人期待他沈澱後的創作爆發。
As time slips through our grasp, we are forced to move forward. Perhaps only in the moment when a photo is taken, time stops. For our July issue, enya Fashion Queen is honored to invite three very different Taiwanese photographers—Tzu-Chin Yu, Shin Huang and Lotti—for a special report. From lifestyle, urban to architecture photography, we hope to send a positive message to our readers with the collection of images. Like shadows chasing light, these artists are still trying to capture the beautiful moments amidst this difficult time. Through conversations with the self, they are showing us what it means to be truly alive.
In Search of Purity
People are changing, so is our surroundings. Embodied with the history of different cultures, architecture is also going through the inheritance of old and new. As an architecture and interior photographer, Tzu-Chin Yu sees the interaction between people and the environment through his camera lens. Whether if it’s “Lego House with Yellow Raincoat” that reminds people of the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, or “CUBE #0” that is filled with a dark theatrical visualization, his works convey this dramatically cinematic tone. Not intentionally trying to make his image cinematic, Tzu-Chin is interpreting reality in the way of movies. Using the camera to capture moments, while adding the right colors to accurately depict his emotions, his photography takes his audience into a world in which reality and fantasy overlap. What’s fascinating about Tzu-Chin’s works of art is that the buildings and characters do exist in real life, but simultaneously convey a sense of cinematic reverie.
In the wake of the pandemic, Tzu-Chin believes the collaboration between art and abstract creations will become the new trend. Although inspiration relies on the stimulation of our surroundings, the source of it still stems from the creator’s mind. As if turning his camera into a magnifier, he breaks the limitations of the pandemic and turns his surroundings into a microcosm of the universe that is filled with all kinds of possibilities. “In order to return to the simplest way, we can start by drawing inspiration from the objects around us.” By doing so, Tzu-Chin realizes there are so many things he didn’t pay attention to: the subtle changes of light through the windows, his cat’s surprisingly humane habit of watching sunrises, or the secret garden that has been nurturing life on the roof all this time. He asks the question: we were so used to our busy pre-pandemic life, is it possible that our current lifestyle is what it truly means to live? As we begin to spend more time at home, it shrinks our sensory framework in order for us to discover the beauty of life hidden within the environment, allowing us to find the purest, more primitive way of life.
Peace within Warmth
“Photography is something that requires caution and should be done quietly. In a way, photographers should be invisible.” This was what Bill Cunningham, the late legendary fashion photographer, said that inspired Shin Huang’s tranquil photography style. Inclining towards using yellow color tones that resemble the sun, her photos radiate with a warming sensation that captures the tenderness of human emotions. Through the arrangement of lights and shadows, she hopes to take her audience on an escape from reality. As we enter Shin’s world, we can roam free in our imagination and find the peace in our mind that belongs to no one else.
opportunity of going out as the perfect time to look for inspiration. With the streets being empty, Shin is able to look at the familiar city from a brand new perspective and find that streak of sunlight without the usual hustle and bustle. By slowing down her pace, she realizes that the images she took with her camera are no longer “noisy.” Instead, she might have discovered the tranquility she had been looking for all this time.
“As a creator, no matter how the environment changes, the heart of the creation will not be easily affected.” Shin’s vision for the future is to utilize the power of technology to create images that are more therapeutic and with a humanistic perspective. Perhaps machines are ice cold, but the photography and the person behind the camera are both filled with warmth. Through each and every photo, Shin is spreading her perseverance and positivity to the world, like a warm string tucking at the audience’s world of sensitivity.
《心視界 02》 | © Shin Huang. All rights reserved.
Perfection in a Split Second
Through the changes of photography culture, street photography has become a common subject, but also an easy way of making mere documentation. To Lotti, he is always looking to capture the single, most captivating moment that cannot be duplicated. While he was traveling and doing street photography, he’d always ask himself, “what is an angle that only I can see?” By looking at Lotti’s work, we feel the emotions of a resident, but not the partiality and values of the given society. Perceiving the world as a “temporary resident,” he creates this unique sense of liberation that becomes a signature of his photography.
Two years ago, Lotti moved to Osaka alone. Without knowing any Japanese, he chose to communicate through his camera lens. He once visited a shooting location every day for two weeks, just to capture the exact moment when the shadows would cut through the intersection diagonally. “Tai Chi” is just one of many exemplifications of Lotti’s determination when it comes to photography. Through preparation and observation, in order to arrive at the correct prediction of what the character’s next move will be, it requires years of experience and the innate intuition that resides in the photographer. In the works of Lotti, we see how he finds the perfect balance between movement and staticity in the flow of time and turning them into beautiful moments that cannot be repeated.
Having encountered COVID lockdown twice by now—last year in Japan, and now in Taiwan—Lotti believes that adjusting the mentality is important for all artists in this difficult time. Despite not being able to go outside and do shoots physically, he chooses to take a step back and turn his attention to the planning stages of street photography instead. In addition to exploring possible themes in the future through Google Earth 3D, Lotti would also revisit his older works and retouch them with different editing and color schemes. Maybe now is the perfect time for us to re-examine our past, and take this opportunity to grow and evolve into our better self. Even with the limitations of the pandemic, Lotti had already set his vision on the infinite possibilities after this lockdown, let us look forward with excitement to his blaze of creativity in the future.
《僧侶》| © Lotti. All rights reserved.