The biggest difference between painting and photography is that painting is more focused on the creation or composition, but photography is based on reality. Although, photography can also be manipulated and composed, the fundamental notion of reality is embedded since it was invented from people’s strong desire to capture reality. I love the honesty of the photography, thus I want to convey what I believe through the medium.
What I want to capture through photography is things that are eternal, and the first theme of that is ‘breath’. Breathing is the beginning and the end of one’s life, but from perspectives of entire human being, breath is eternal, because everyone must breathe. I believe that the breath has been passed down from generation to generation, endlessly changing its form. Therefore, I chose clouds, which are always transforming and recycling like breath. Everything that moves and changes has a life force that we do not know or understand. With this life force, everything moves and changes while continuously creating new meanings. The reason we do not understand it is because we have different viewpoints and, also, due to lack of communication with humans. I have been feeling the life force from 'clouds', a part of natural phenomena. I recognized and express the cloud that appears and disappears, and continuously changes, as a being that has a life force. The purpose, responsibility and meaning of a photographer are connecting the objects and us by setting up our equipment in-between objects, which we haven’t recognized or known, and us. Therefore, I set my equipment up in-between the cloud and myself.
For expressing time and breath, which have been continued for a long time, pinhole is a great tool because it can accumulate and flow through time. Pinhole accepts and provides the sense of time that we recognize, visual angles little bit differently. Because I am using Pinhole's unique property, which is different from simply operating camera mechanically, also they inspire and breath us to discover the meaning of existence of countless objects which have life forces. Those objects reveal their life forces and meanings in different viewing angles and times. Thus, we can get a step closer to having communication with those objects.