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鏡頭下的追光者 | Chasing Light Through the Camera Lens

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」。

尋找虛實中的純粹

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.

在一切宅居化的情況下,梓勤表示藝術和非實體的創作或許將會成為新的趨勢。靈感的啟發是靠外在的事物刺激,但來源和發想終究是由創作者去激發。像是把鏡頭轉換成放大鏡,他打破了疫情的象限,將居家環境中的一切化成如宇宙般浩大的靈感來源去探索。「回到最基本的方式,從離身邊最近的事物開始大量去汲取。」他意外發現了許多以前並未注意到的東西:像是窗外光線的微妙更迭,家中毛小孩如人類般有早起看日出的習慣,或是發現頂樓藏著一塊自給自足、綠意盎然的小菜園。就像梓勤所體悟到的,在疫情前忙於工作的日常一直被我們當成「生活」,也許現在的模式才是真正的「活著」。隨著待在家中的時間不斷延長,感官框架也同步縮小,我們將會發現身邊的事物其實都涵蘊著生命的美,也讓我們找回生活中最原始純粹的樣貌。

余梓勤充滿暗黑劇場感的《CUBE #0》| © Tzu-Chin Yu.  All rights reserved.

余梓勤 | @jackill0501

現居於台北,畢業於國立台灣師範大學圖文傳播學系。2016年作品首次獲選參展 2016 fotofever Paris,作品首次展出並於法國受藏家收藏,同時獲得fotofever當年度前十四位優秀藝術家。2020年獲美國建築師學會-洛杉磯分會所舉辦之 AIA|LA Architectural Photography Awards,唯一獲得兩項最高榮譽獎 Best Image 攝影師,2021又再次獲得 Best Image 殊榮。

傳遞溫暖中的寧靜

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。

鍾情偏黃的色調,如太陽般的溫暖調性,她的每張作品都流露出人情間的療癒暖意。藉著光和影的呼應,她希望能帶著觀眾短暫抽離現實中的紛擾,隨性的遊走於腦中的想像,並找到屬於自己的一片寧靜。

曾經在紐約時尚街區工作十年,Shin 決定要將此生致力於旅行,因此不難想像新冠疫情對於創作過程所帶來的影響。面對外出限制,她很慶幸自身居住的地方有個小院子,可以看著那顆黃花風鈴木不斷茁壯,通透的花磚牆,如世外桃源般的寧靜小角落,讓她沒有感受到太多囚禁感。久久一次出門的機會,空蕩的街頭讓她得以用全新的視角看待熟悉的城市,並捕捉到人潮褪去後所留下的那抹暖陽,象徵著後疫情時代的希望。藉由慢下來的步調,她意外發現相機裡捕捉到的畫面不再吵鬧,而是多了那份她一直在尋找的純淨。

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。

黃詩茵 Shin Huang | @shin_shin_shin

界外設計執行總監,文字及影像創作者。旅居大蘋果十二年,曼哈頓時尚街區工作十年,人生精力最旺盛的時候都奉獻給紐約了,於是決定畢生致力於旅行,奔跑時裝週、⾛訪現代建築,著有《一個人的時尚旅⾏》。熱愛拍照,每天都要按下一次相機快門。

捕捉分秒間的完美

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。

兩年前獨自一人搬到語言不通的大阪,洛堤選擇用鏡頭和世界對話。曾經為了捕捉作品《太極》裡影子完美切割十字路口的畫面,連續兩個禮拜到同一地點重複拍攝,是他對於影像捕捉的堅持。透過事前的觀察,再進行鏡頭中人物行為的預判,靠的是長年累積的經驗和他心中獨有的「直覺」。在洛堤的作品裡,看他如何在流動的時間中,找到動與靜的平衡,以及分秒之間一個個可遇不可求的的絕美瞬間。

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。

洛堤 Lotti® | @10.tti

旅日兩年經驗,拍攝過日本的春夏秋冬、文化慶典、山水風景及城市建築,最後從街頭光影中找到自己喜歡的拍攝題材。喜歡拍下建築物的美學與都市中的繁忙人群,用鏡頭詮釋屬於自己的獨特視野。曾獲得2020 TIFA東京國際攝影大賽「自然」專業組銅獎、2020 PX3巴黎攝影大賽 「自然、街拍、旅行」專業組榮譽獎、2019 TIFA 東京國際攝影大賽「廣告」銅獎等國際殊榮。也與日本政府觀光局宣傳合作、阪神甲子園形象拍攝、虎航駐派攝影記者、桃園青埔 Xpark 水族館及 teamLab未來遊樂園等合作。

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. 

Breakfast at Orient | © Tzu-Chin Yu. All rights reserved.

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.

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