In recent years I've carried on bold exploration for the innovation of traditional manual silver halide photography for the rebirth of this art ... Contemporary art does not have to be away from tradition but should combine with the ancient art form!
The statues of these gods that I aim my camera at are the avatars of people’s ideals; they are the backbones of people’s spirits and souls. People used their hands to create these clay gods out of imagination, and created their magnificent temples and lotus seats according to the ranking in the heavenly world. These gods are worshiped everyday and asked to protect the beings from disasters and sufferings; however when facing disasters, they can’t even shelter themselves, let alone to take care of the human beings. The “all mighty” ended up shattered and scattered, what can humans do under these circumstances? In fact, when I was photographing, I never saw these statues as clay and gods, but treated each and everyone of them as if they were flesh-and-blood humans. I used 8x10 large format to capture their expressions, from which to ponder the relationship between human and nature. The ever-deteriorating survival environment alarms us, let’s hope the voices of protecting and improving the environment are not merely empty words that are spoken to foreigners anymore.