The images I work on today are the result of years of study and exploration of traditional Chinese arts. I find it’s fascinating that how visible subjects communicated the spiritual world of an individual in traditional Chinese arts. I have the desire to show the viewers the essence of oriental philosophy and personal esthetics in close-up views of landscapes.

Similar to traditional arts, photography is realistic yet non-representational. I enjoy creating “miniature” landscapes by playing with composition, lights and perspectives. The details and texture of hills, rocks and trees are emphasized when they are looked from a different view. The sense of space and time changes in the scenes as the perspectives is altered. This technique enables the audience to “see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower.”

As a series of work, “Rock Garden” is an experiment of photography with techniques and esthetics of traditional Chinese arts in terms of the selection of viewpoints and expression of thoughts. I want people to see the world beyond time and space–the hills, rocks and trees are more than what they see in a certain place, in a certain light and at a certain time. Imagination can go far beyond the boundaries of picture frames. Close your eyes, you will be able to hear the heartbeat of the universe.