TIFA 2022 Fine Art / Other

The Way of The Erhu

  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/Other
  • Photographer
    Cheraine Collette
  • Technical Info
    Digital Photo Composite, Own Photographs Taken With Canon 5d Mark Iii And Hasselblad H5d

A self-portrait, for whenever I pick up my erhu, which is a traditional string instrument from Mongolia with a history of over 4000 years, I find the sound and melodies transporting me to another world. An imaginary mythical place with vast landscapes and endless horizons. In folklore, an erhu player embarks on a journey to play the instrument in a tranquil place, to bring the player into peace and harmony with the self and with nature.

Detailed creatures of the natural realm paired with fantastical scenes of the imagination have created a signature style. An oeuvre that has become widely awarded and that can be found in esteemed private collections on a global scale. Cheraine Collette is a Dutch artist who specializes in fine art photography and digital painting. Essentially, she creates imaginary worlds composed of photographed parts of nature and locations across the globe. Her work can be summarized in three ways - Authentic, Imaginative, and a longing for beauty.