Through Their Lenses —Alexander Wong

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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“The modern camera is a tool that allows me to seamlessly create visual representations of my thoughts and concepts through the usage of light as my premier medium. From pencil to paper, thoughts to words, and ideas to my camera, I am able to confidently express a part of my consciousness that I typically keep quiet from the world. As a visual artist, I believe that the true art of photography allows an emotional connection between the viewer and the photograph exhibited. Through my passion for wedding, lifestyle, and editorial fashion photography, I am drawn to create images which consist of unique compositions, strong emotional context, and dynamic use of colours and contrast.

“Born in Antioch, California, but raised in St Catherine, Jamaica, I often use my background and culture to deeply connect with individuals that I am in company with. I would like to believe that I am a good listener, whereas, through this ability, I am consistently inspired to make work through the people I meet and interact with on a daily basis. With that, I dare say that I am most influenced audibly more than anything else. The wonders of sound inspire me. When my attention is caught by the rhythm or lyrics from a musical composition and/or the sounds of my environment, I almost immediately conjure up a concept that I would like to execute.

“My point of view, as an artist, is to live life through art and curiosity. I believe that I have a privilege that a myriad of individuals do not have; that is, having freedom of expression. I have had the benefit of being able to visually express, with virtually no restriction, my creative process and visuals. This freedom has allowed me to benefit from numerous campaigns and projects, both personal and commercial. One of, if not the largest, personal projects that I have been afforded under this privilege of self-expression was a series that I conceptualised in the summer of 2017. My series boyZ, which in summary was a 'soft rebellion' that visually challenges the perception of masculinity and hypermasculinity through the careful placement of glitter against my subjects' hard physical features.




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