FOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURE THE SOUL OF THE CONTINENT
Well before the invention of photography, pictorial art already played a privileged role in Asia, from Japan to China and Vietnam. Many artists, such as Rarindra Prakarsa, André Arment, Long Ly Hoang, and Daniel Metz later used photographic means to showcase their environment and express their vision. It is their photographs available in your local gallery and on YellowKorner.com in numbered limited edition that YellowKorner wishes to share.
THE RETURN TO THE ORIGINS
Rarindra Prakarsa places humanity at the heart of his artistic work and questions the relationship that he maintains with his environment, whether it be cultural or natural. He therefore brings a sensitive and poetic gaze to bear on the picturesque landscapes and on the lifestyle of its inhabitants, which he naturally relates to his childhood memories. The production of his images are designed for international publications.
Passionate about naturalism, Rarindra Prakarsa strives to create photos as faithful as possible to the reality he perceives, so that the spectator can feel the same fascination as he does when faced with the grandeur of the Indonesian landscape. Whether it be a tree, a river, or a waterfall, Rarindra Prakarsa uses the elements offered to him by nature to give a scale of interpretation to the spectator.
The image “Water Harmony” was created in 2011 in Klungkung on the island of Bali. Children play, splashing one another near a waterfall and thus form a choreography with the movements of the projected water.
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The photographs of Andre Arment, captured in the province of Banten and Western Java in Indonesia, reveal all of the harmony and magnificence of his native land. Careful to find the perfect light, the right moment, and the best position and angle possible for producing his shots, the artist manages to create extremely dynamic and colourful compositions.
Starting with an emotion, he succeeds through photography in giving it a form that is full of imagery and as symbolic as it is artistic. Shown in enchanting landscapes bathed in light, figures photographed in the course of their daily lives become exemplary representatives of the sacred dimension of these places. The artist takes pains to find the perfect light, the ideal moment, the best possible positioning and point of view for his shots, creating dynamic and colourful compositions that plunge us into the tropical and bewitching atmosphere of the islands.
DANIEL METZ: PAINTING IN RELIEF
The photographs of Grenoble-based Daniel Metz often contain iterations of mountainous landscapes. His series on China intended as the manifesto of a traditional past on the verge of extinction reveals his appetite for the landscapes of the region, made up of thousands of small mountains and the karst topography characteristic of the Guangxi region. A fan of naturalism, above all, he wants his photos to be as faithful as possible to nuanced reality, so that the spectator can experience the same fascination that he feels when confronted by the harmony and grandeur of nature.
Daniel Metz works on his photographs like a painter constructs his painting, only shooting after a period of reflection, a study of the composition and chromatic choices. Based on his background as a theorist of colour, the subject of many publications, he makes it a point of honour to showcase this aspect as an essential element of imagery in his works; the juxtaposition and contrast of colours effectively enable the forms to be revealed and accentuate the depth of the landscape. These characteristics confer a very graphic and pared-down dimension to his photographs, in a similar manner to Japanese engravings.
LONG LY HOANG: THE “KING OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY”
Ly Hoang Long was born in 1965 in Dalat, a city located on the high plateaus of central Vietnam. This former designer embraced his destiny and is now nicknamed the “king of digital photography” with 210 prizes won worldwide, including that of Best Travel Photographer in 2014 (TFOTY). Several of his photographs have also earned him awards from CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year and National Geographic.
Ly Hoang Long is fascinated by his native country and uses photography as a means of expression to paint a sensational portrait of it. Taken in December 2013, “Fishing on Nam Ka Lake” is one of the works that testifies to the rich diversity of Vietnam. This artificial lake located in Dak Lak province was formed by the construction of a hydroelectric dam in the region. The landscape was modified under the effect of industrialisation and the residents’ lives were totally revolutionised. Formerly a farming community, it turned to fishing and now takes advantage of the lake’s resources. Attracted by travel, Ly Hoang Long takes his projects beyond the Vietnamese borders, along the routes of Nepal, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, but also Switzerland.