This year, 2020, is a big year for the whole world. The Corona virus has affected everybody’s lives. It also affected mine, I had to leave my adopted home in Italy and return back to place of birth.
Yet a funny thing happened. I started to realize how important it is to be with the people I love and to appreciate them while they are still around. The world is changing every second and life was changed completely into something different within two weeks.
This project started the moment I had to leave Italy due to the virus. I decided to try to visualize the feelings I had as I was traveling back home.
I took a completely empty train from Florence to Rome and the first time I saw a completely empty Rome. It as if the city was inaialated.
When I arrived in Taiwan there was a huge contrast. Rome was empty but in Taiwan there were people everywhere. Everyone was in mask.
That scene was like the end of the world, people escaped from dangerous countries back to Taiwan, with panicked faces. Due to the law I had to be sequestered in a room for a two week quarantine. In those two weeks I couldn’t see my family, I mean, they were allowed to bring me some foods but we barely had any body connection.
That time I felt lonely, the first time in life I desired so much to be with my family like when I was younger… a past life. From the time I was 13 I studied and worked away from home, I used to like being alone and independent. But the corona virus situation made me want to see my family badly and it put me in a depression.
After my quarantine I realized more about the importance of cherishing. To look at the Corona virus in a good way. It gave me have chance to be with my family. When I look at them I realize they are already older. Being away years and years from home, I realized made me miss them a lot and my sister just turned 18. I could not believe this, I never participated in her growth and she became a big girl.
Alive is a gift, while a lot of people is dying, loosing people they love in the world, my life is so grateful. I can be here, the land I was born in and with the people I love while they are still healthy. I can have this chance to stop here, to look at them, to understand them more.
Alive, for me its just our individual feeling, the religion, family, and the nature environment.
When I returned I received a big surprise. My stepfather finally became our official father by law. Since I was 10, he met my mom and they started to be together. Having no child, he took us as his daughters in blood and treated us even better than our real dad.
A childhood memorie. When mom just started dating my stepfather, there was a night when we went for a family trip. When we returned home I saw my real dad’s car was waiting outside.
My dad jumped out from his car with two golf clubs in hands, he started yelling and beating my mom and my stepfather. in that moment, the only thing my stepfather did was to push us to the side and he ask my dad to go with him. He was without any weapons and he let my dad beat him until both of golf clubs broke. My dad left with satisfaction. My stepfather was all in blood. Right at that moment I understood who would stay with us to protect us forever and he did.
For me, my stepfather is a hero. He was never a rich man but was willing to give me everything he could. He says he is not smart. He couldn’t make lot of money but he would rather use his his hands and labor to build dreams for our family. He will be there and wont ever leave. He gave me all the love and he did everything my mom needed and never fought with us. Years and years passed. My stepfather and my mom spent all their effort to fix the finance problem my dad left and finally, last year in 2019, they finished all of their debt and got married.
After a year of fighting in court, after I got home, we finally got the announcement that we are a real family under the law.
So 2020 for my family is remarkable. To record this amazing year, I choose their stories as my project. I made images of them to show who they are to me and how grateful I am to have them.
Chin Hu | FUA-AUF Career Photography Student
Modern Peaks is a collection of photographs that incorporates many different photographic techniques and processes. Buildings are everywhere and people may not realize that they are their own works of art. Someone had to design it with the intention to be viewed and utilized. With this series I printed or rearranged buildings of contemporary and classic design to create a new space out of existing architectural forms. By utilizing the forms and textures of old and new buildings and then blending them together one may see the similarities and differences that are in one city alone. This collection of photographs is a look into what urban or rural architecture may look like as contemporary architecture design is becoming more popular. By looking at the parts of these rather innovative and futuristic structures we can get an idea as to how we might build our urban landscapes now and into the future. These images inspire one to look at more than just the building as a whole, but at the individual parts and the design that they embody.
In this way, my work parallels the multiple layers of perception involved in the experience of architectural space.
I enjoy the double take, the investigation that is needed to figure out just what it is that one is looking at. By transforming what is familiar and common around us I hope to reveal something more complex and mysterious. This draws attention to the ways that we construct the world by looking at it as it makes us question the origin or history of a building or style of architecture. When our perspective shifts or is distorted, new understanding and meaning becomes possible.
Joe Castellucci | FUA-AUF Photography Student
How many times have you or someone you know felt anxious and in pain from societies hypocritical rules? How many times did you feel like screaming but couldn’t because you didn’t know what to say and how to say what you are feeling?
Take a moment and think about that, think about your pain and internal struggle with societies hollow laws. Let me ease your mind and tell you that you are not alone, you were never alone, in fact I invite you to join me, I invite you to scream with me and fight for what everyone wants, fight for love. However, this time we will do things differently, because if we fight love with destruction we will lose before we have started. This time we will fight love with love. Join me to face society in the face and scream that their narrow understanding of what they call unconditional love doesn’t have rules on who to love unconditionally.
Being vulnerable is never easy, but here I’m opening my wounds, my pain, and my struggles. An open book as they say. I didn’t choose who to love, as much as I didn’t choose what gender I was born. I love being a woman, and my heart also fell for one. How is that wrong? How is that societies know what is wrong and what is right for me? I could only think of one reason, is that they never felt what real love is. Therefore, I decided to show it to them. I invite you again, and together we will fight love with love.
M. | FUA-AUF Career Photography
This is about a venerable moment in a common space. Each image is carefully curated to seem as if the model has taken control of her area because of her power and exposed self towards the camera. These strong women portray their confidence in myself as the photographer, and the way they are shown on camera. Many local people have been to these locations hundreds of times a day, but allowing to create ones own space in a public setting is very special.
This body of work are a various group of images taken from east and west coasts. The relationship between my love for both places are shown in the dedication and time put into the execution of each image. The paring of images are based on the setting and shot. I want to show the viewer the image at its full but also its most detail. The woman who star in my works are friends who I have made on the internet. Some I met for the first time on set and some are life long friends.
Colors and props are very prominent in these images because of how I want the viewer to feel. I purposefully have the dressing compliment the tones of the background so the model stands out in the foreground. Props are used to show the fun and flirtatious side of the images as well. It adds an element that many viewers did not know it needed until it was there.
My work for the past year has used a combination of revealing aspects and aesthetics hope to make an impact on the viewer. In the current state where many people believe this path has no relevance, I find myself returning back to the root where I found my niche in the first place. The context of the work with its location, style, and modeling, impact on the relationship as a whole.
My work ranges from all over the world. I find the props I use to emphasize the location and make it look natural. The angles of each image depend on what I am trying to tell in the whole picture. A wider shot to convey the scene, while a tight to show detail and precision. I focus on what is pleasing to the viewer in colors. My tones are very soft and vintage like. It transports the viewer into a realm in my eyes. There is movement in my images where the viewer can feel as if they could picture the behind the scenes themselves. My imagination runs wild as I wander through this lifetime looking at everyday places as if I could turn it into a place for my own creativity.
Amanda Burton | FUA-AUF Photography Student
Flower Walk is a series of double exposures taken on expired film. The techniques are not special, and I didn’t arrange anything in the frame, and as the final image, I want to choose the square format for present it, to cut out the unnecessary outside the frames, and focus on the Flower itself – which is the main topic in this work.
I have one semester in the past to learn about flowers anatomy, which was the part of my environmental studies program, and I always wander can they understand my speech? I have spent too many times to talk with those flowers when I was living alone, like real conversation, but they are not like animals, they cannot reply to me, and it is keeping inside my mind for so long about can they understand me? Do they want to talk back to me, but they cannot? Those kinds of questions make me wonder and wonder more about how the flowers react with this world, are they only blooming as that is the only reasons they live? How about those flowers that cannot bloom? Over and over those years, it quite makes me believe on the soul of the flower, as I perhaps believe on flowers have their own soul, like us. And I want to do one project for just express on what I think about those flowers.
As a traveler, I mostly travel alone, explore the world outside by myself and as too many times I went around, I wonder how is it when you cannot move? I always see flowers and trees in many photos I took before, but they can’t move themselves. They are fixed in one location as we put them in, or they grew up themselves in that place. In my opinion, it is the sad life that they cannot see the world outside by themselves. Their views for their entire life are fixed in one frame, one view, literally they don’t have another view or another options, maybe their views are shaken by the wind, and then that’s it, nothing more. One time, I travelled with my film camera, and one expired film roll; and then I decided to invite those flowers I saw to join the journey with me. I want to have someone to explore my travel with me, remember where I have been through, and how things were around when I was there. I chose those flower in the botanic garden, as that was the time their blooming colorfully. The first layer in this whole series is focusing on the flowers, can be either horizontal or vertical. Then the second layer as double exposure was the routes I have been travelled during that specific of time. This project perhaps works like my diary on the journey with my friend (in this case – flowers).
Anh Nguyen | FUA-AUF Career Photography