Ten Years On
The images in Ten Years On are records of the bygone eras of the 1970s and ‘80s, but more than remembrances and nostalgia, they are my inner reflections on society. I deliberately avoided the aestheticist approach highly popular at the time, and mapped out a different path outside of that framework. My compositions and use of light did not take aestheticism into consideration, but were based on a more humanist concern: respect towards the photographed. Each of my photos is a gaze on the current state of life, and indicates an inner desire of mine to give expression to society. I only had a 28mm lens, so I would gauge an eight- to nine-foot distance when shooting, and left it up to the naked eye and a sincere heart to catch the real world and social vibes as I understood them in an unadorned manner.