Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 Fine Art / Abstract

Appearance and Essence

  • Photographer
    Wentao Wei

When I was little, my father often drove me to scenic spots in his home province of Yunnan, one of the most beautiful places in China. He would tell me about Lao-tzu and Taoist philosophy, and the Chinese obsession with landscape. He told me that the supreme goal is to achieve harmony between humanity and nature. As I grew, I came into touch with the Western rational and scientific way of thinking, and this work is the outcome of this double influence. Switching positive into negative offers me insights into the image of the tree, which is in darkness. Frequently, I feel that film negatives can get closer to the truth. While the circle represents balance, it can also resemble the observation of nature by using X-rays and microscopes. The equilibrium between positive and negative also reflects the “Yin” and “Yang” in Chinese philosophy, two opposing principles that coexist in everything. Yin can be absorbed from the earth by the trees through their roots, and reconcile with Yang so as to develop a dynamic beauty of balance.