(Chinese, b. 1955)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 36.9 x 48.6 cm (14 1/2 x 19 1/8 in.); Paper: 40.2 x 50.5 cm (15 13/16 x 19 7/8 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.)
Gift of Friends of Photography 2003.11
A concert violinist turned photographer, Ming is attracted to
nature, both native and cultivated, rendering it in viscerally
appealing pictures. These three photographs are from Free
Element, a series of seascapes produced between 2001
and 2003 depicting the awesome power and drama of the
sea. The coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia and the outskirts of Hong Kong have been her primary locales. She created these compelling black-and-white images by combining two negatives, one of the sea and the other of the sky. In each composition, all indications of land and humanity are eliminated, allowing Ming to concentrate on the sea and sky and their junction. Within these confines, she featured the conditions that make each negative unique, such as geographic location, atmosphere, light, and wind and wave patterns. Her camera angle seemingly places the viewer in a position to be submerged by a cascade of water.
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