TIANQI SONG (Brooklyn NY, USA)
Tianqi Song is a fine art photographer currently living and working in New York, Brooklyn, United States. Her work is based on memory and situation. Since she came to a ‘mature’ age, she has kept on moving to different places to study, maybe that is why she has no sense of belonging. She is just like a bystander and a memory recorder, endeavor to show her personal perception of alienation and loneliness within her work.
After spending almost three years in the United States, she said “I am still a free loner.”
My work is rooted in my memory as well as in situations. Modern life is so fast, everything is already gone before you had the chance to really see it. That’s mostly why I chose to work with large format. It makes everything slower. Life is a trip through the illusory. Waiting for lost time. To find out emptiness and loneliness are the true significance of life. I show that sense of alienation and loneliness in my work. In photography things can appear but not be changed into something else, another time, another chance, or any other real thing. I believe photography is like reality’s physical chemistry. Although to most photographers, it often can be just quite the opposite. A connection to emotion, photos as their lonely fragments, always reminding us everything is always being lost. Photographic images are still and thus lifeless, but it is the subject’s intention and his/her memory that will activate them, make them alive. Sometimes we use our imagination to got to an image, and these are much clearer than what we see in the real world. We think we see through our eyes, but it’s actually rather through our experience and imagination that we can see. It is that foundation that defines any situation. We may talk about photography and art as conventional languages. Yet none exists to talk about emotion and feelings. As photographic images impact and direct our lives more and more, sometimes in defining roles, images need to remain emotionally connected to us, or they can have no place or meaning in our hearts; they can then be our true compass, as they faithfully mirror who we are. They become a fundamental part of our identity.
Practice Statement: How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
Film hands me a world I have never been in. I am dreaming of that world day and night. Film has made me addicted to it. I just can’t live without it.