2020年欧洲杯赛程

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Explore Muge’s unique approach to large format photography based on ancient Chinese philosophy

The acclaimed Chinese photographer talks us through his ongoing series informed by the philosopher and writer Lao Tze’s “theory of nature".

Date
23 March 2020
Reading Time
3 minute read
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Muge: Ash

Here, he ponders the ancient Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tze’s “theory of nature,” approaching scenes, objects or places from the perspective of an insider and not as an observer. The pared-back book of large format photographs is separated into three sections; “Ash”, “Shan Shui” and “Scenery”. On one hand, the still life section “presents things in our lives just the way they are,” while “Shan Shui reflects my thoughts towards this reality,” explains Muge. The Scenery section, on the other hand, represents traces of nature, echoing the Lao Tze’s idea of: “Do nothing and leave nothing undone.”

2020年欧洲杯赛程Following this philosophical train of thought, Muge hopes the viewer will see beyond what is presented in the image’s composition, and instead, “become receptive to their own feelings when they look into the images.” Rather than reflecting his own identity in the artworks, Muge is more interested in how different people from different places in the world will interpret the images in their own subjective way. It’s an intention carried throughout the design of the refined publication, avoiding the usual curation of images that follow a logical reasoning. Made in close collaboration between the photographer and Amanda Lo, the book’s design emphasises how “the images are more abundant than our logical values.” Muge goes on to say: “It is my greatest wish that my readers can look at the book in their very own perspective and grasp hold of their true feelings inside their heart.”

The ongoing series allows Muge to constantly assess his relationship between the external world and his feelings towards it. For the poignant photographer, the body of work is “not just another project,” it is part of his life work to slowly become more receptive to his own feelings. When considering a composition to capture, he asks himself whether the particular subject exists in the way it originally is. And if it is, then that is exactly what Muge wants for his images. In this vein, not only does photography offer up a platform to express himself, “it teaches me to love the world, because in doing so, the world will give you a lot in return.”

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Jyni Ong

2020年欧洲杯赛程Jyni became a staff writer in March 2019 having previously joined the team as an editorial assistant in August 2018. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Communication Design in 2017 and her previous roles include Glasgow Women’s Library designer in residence and The Glasgow School of Art’s Graduate Illustrator.

jo@pag-ipg.com

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