We Are Photographing For ……
In Jiang-Hu-Se, there is a famous saying, that is, ‘we are taking pictures because we wanna be happy together’. Such saying may make photographers in the Jiang-Hu-Se sound less professional, but, it has conveyed some other important connotation. First of all, these people at the Jiang-Hu-Se are rather relaxed so far as photography is concerned. Despite of the fact that they just work as hard as any professional photographers, none of them cares about joining any associations of photographers or winning certain Grand Prix of Photo Contests. Among themselves, they have a strong sense of identity. They are earliest group of photographers who stepped into cyberspace, and they intrinsically have much broader vision, freer concept and more flexible photographic techniques, all of which only makes them more pioneering. Not only have they innovated the way of communication by photography, but also have they changed the traditional way of climbing the
photographers’ ladder. Such abandonment of banners long held by the predecessors, such disregarding the photographic doctrine are forming the most significant part of the Jiang-Hu-Se and also the entire online photography.
Just like cyberspace having liberated literature, cyber photography has liberated image. From the photos shown at this Exhibition, audience may notice the trace of influence by classic photographic masters in these works, but at the same time, one may observe the unbridled individual creativity. These works and their style are simply irreplaceable. Standing in front of these works, you can hear their names ringing into your ears. They dare to overthrow the law of Golden Composition, and still produce awesomely perfect pictures. They dare to use flash bulb to smash the doctrine of lighting, but still they give people refreshingly new visual sensation. They dare to face up people without posing as a worshiper; still they portrayed people in their own frank, natural and crude way. Cameras in their hands are no longer a tool of teaching or preaching, neither are they passport for chasing power. Photography is a way of life, a way of self proof, a
lone path leading to self enlightenment, and finally a path to serious reflection. But what photography is NOT is that it is not an optical reflection of reality. This is the very aesthetic meaning of the Jiang-Hu-Se.
These photographic works are truly representative of those tens of thousands of photos posted in the Jiang-Hu-Se, but this does not mean that they are the exclusive or authoritative interpretation of the spirit of the Jiang-Hu-Se. Among various Chinese photo forums, the Jiang-Hu-Se is most unique in terms of its endless search for ‘the unlimited operability’ of photography (words by Jura). It is the Jiang-Hu-Se that has incubated bold concept of up-close snap shot, namely ‘long live 20mm’ (focal length), it is the Jiang-Hu-Se that has experimented with possibility of ‘making great Photos with a point-n-shoot camera’, it is the Jiang-Hu-Se that has explored the ‘blind’ way to press shutter release with a thumb, it is also the Jiang-Hu-Se that has fashioned a bohemian style of ‘photography without camera’. All these efforts serve to testify how far photography can go in the direction of defying itself. This simply reminds us of
those numerous pioneering attempts in the van-guard theater and pop arts. Amid such seemingly maniac exploration, the embedded essence of photography is increasingly gaining its radiating glamour.
Just like troubled water, the Jiang-Hu-Se always staging non-stop episodes of common-men stories. Perhaps, there are people constantly checking out of the Jiang-Hu-Se, but actually they can never leave. This sheer fact accurately demonstrated the dual attraction of photography and being happy together.