Something About Life
Cheng Yen Yu’s photography evokes the absolute stillness in the landscapes around him.
Ranging from seemingly abandoned urban street-corners to desolate mountain ridges, a sense of emptiness pervades his images with a disquieting effect. Statues and phone booths alike seem frozen in time, forgotten by the world and fossilized by their documentation on a roll of film.
While most are drawn to the youthfulness of summer or the monochrome ghostliness of winter, Cheng Yen’s photographic intrigue focuses on the liminal period in-between: the drooping branches, the wind-swept streets, the creeping process of decay.
His close attention to the texture of his spatial surroundings is also remarkable; the beauty of this series lies to a large extent in the intricate patterns created by warped Autumn branches, and the jagged compositions that emerge from natural elements. There is a certain sadness looming in the air, and yet the scene is calm and beautiful.
In these snapshots, Something About Life is captured.
Cheng Yen Yu is a young Taiwanese photographer.