A Lens into the Soul
With his distinctive perspective and mastery of time-honoured techniques, Taiwanese photographer Chang Chih-huei captures the ephemeral beauty of nature using monochrome film
In a world of ubiquitous mobile devices prepared to swiftly capture each passing moment, encountering a photographer committed to film cameras and the meticulous development of images in a darkroom is rare. Taiwanese photographer Chang Chih-huei shines as one such rarity.
A student of celebrated humanist photographer Yizhong Ruan, Chang chose the less-travelled path by dedicating his art to landscape photography. Immortalizing idyllic scenes exclusively in black and white, Chang’s work imparts a depth uncommon in coloured renderings. Through these landscapes, he delves into the intricate relationship between humanity and nature by deftly expressing his innermost thoughts and emotions.
Beyond the frame
Chang envisions photography as a harmonious collaboration between the subject (the presenter) and the human (the discoverer). He meticulously orchestrates shadows and textures in his images, playing with thoughtfully arranged exposures and refining details. “By rendering swans whiter and lake water darker, for example, I create a serene, melancholic atmosphere, resulting in an image that is as powerful as it’s deeply spiritual.”