An exhibition of award winning photographs is to be held in the Community Room at Confucius Plaza in Manhattan, New York City from February 28 to March 1. The competition committee selected 145 photos out of over 13,500 submissions for final evaluation. Out of the semi-finals photos, 69 received awards. During an Epoch Times interview, Dai Bing, renowned photographer and chairman of the jury, explained how he chose photographs for the upcoming exhibition—choosing the essence of works of photographers from diversified ethnic backgrounds.
Perfect Combination of Theme and Techniques
The competition was fierce in selecting only 69 works out of over 13,500 submissions. Dai used a Chinese idiom “the benevolent see benevolence and the wise see wisdom” to describe the different feelings one may have looking at each photograph. An outstanding photograph can express the photographer’s theme without a single word. People can feel its realm and inner meanings. The award-winning works have stood out in their accurate depiction of reality when it comes to people, items, scenes and social status, conveying justice, kindness and beauty.
Dai said, “Art is divinely inspired and passed to man. It reflects brightness, beauty, nature and the life that truly belongs to people. Each art form has its idiosyncrasy. Photography features its spontaneity and documentary nature.
Traditional aesthetics requires that an artwork has a theme. Without a theme, it’s like a person without a soul. We have seen photographs without a clear theme or concrete focus. It indicates that people have thrown away traditional aesthetic standards. We hope this competition will help promote people’s traditional aesthetic values and raise their traditional aesthetic awareness.”
One Can Only Catch it Without Seeking
Photography is a language. A photographer use various techniques, that is to use various language elements to describe different themes, aesthetic awareness and spiritual realms.
Dai commended the Great Wall in Clouds, “It emphasizes the grandeur. Using macro language elements to depict magnificence of the snowy scene of the Great Wall through variation of lighting. The light rays through the morning fog bring the viewer a feeling of being within the realm of deities.”
Commenting on the perfect composition of Three Pelicans, Dai said, “It emphasizes details, using refined techniques and micro language elements to bring out the rich and exquisite details. For example the transition from light to gray and to dark, the pose and facial expressions of the pelicans, the texture of feather, and so on. It is a top-notch black and white photo work.”
Advent is of typical European style. It is fun and entertaining. It is appealing in its personalized presentation,” Dai explained. “The difficulty in photography lies in capturing the fleeing moments and render them in concrete images. When it comes to natural scenes and phenomena, the idiom that ‘one can only catch it without seeking’ is especially fitting.”
Dai considered photography as an entertainment art. It entertains oneself, and it entertains others. To excel in this, one need to study good art works, practice taking pictures, sharpen one’s observation, judgment, and creativity. One can only produce outstanding art works by focusing on a theme and accumulate first-hand experiences.
Dai hopes professional photographers and all those who love photograph come to the exhibition to share their thoughts through discussion and exchange.
Exhibition hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. February 28 – March 1, 2009
Confucius Plaza, Community Room, 33 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Sponsor: The Epoch Times, The Epoch Times Website, and The Epoch Times Foundation
Original article in Chinese:epochtimes.com/gb/9/2/23/n2439371.htm