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Photography - The way to take note of my seeings and visual thoughts   

Nothing is created from nothing. Creation is only possible from something. Based on my experience, my artwork takes two parts in general. Its first part is "the source" in order to receive the information, inspiration, awakened emotions, and evoked thoughts, desire to output or to express. This part of my work is never limited by time or space.  The second part is the physical production of visual artwork. Photography has been one of the ways to stay conscious, record what I see at transient moments, and keep the notes of my visual thoughts. I often tell the students it is like grocery shopping to get the best ingredients for cooking a delicious meal. 

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The interplay of light and shadow, curbs and turnings, the petals letting the light pass through their body, delicate gesture in response to even the subtle air movements, a tiny insect masterfully crawling on this fragile structure...

This stillness and silence called me louder than all sounds around me. 


I am pulled into the visual dialogue and take a note with my camera. 


Pink magnolia in the afternoon light in spring 2021. I get a glimpse of time-space through the events in nature.


There are countless flowers and their petals in the world, but only some of them call my attention, or talk to me in a way I can hear. My seeing begins this way. They begin to converse with me. I am pulled into the visual dialogue and take a note with my camera.


Music to my eyes like "Flower Duet" from Lakme.


During my daily walk, the elegant spiral structure of he Calla lily was revealed in the last drop of sunset light.

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Seeing. Daily gardening.  A lemon tree leaf left for composting last winter was found left with its fibers. An Intricate design of its interconnected life structure. 

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Late spring 2022. There are numerous factors that inform me of the time; the intensity of sunlight, the length of daytime, the hue of new green leaves, and the types of flowers. 

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Time reveals itself to me in various ways. The beauty of time. Tulip bulbs blossoming and fading away in spring 2022 in my garden.  

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"I disappear." Billy Elliot replied when the audition juries at Royal Ballet School in London asked him, "why do you dance?"  Billy Elliot (2000) film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Lee Hall.


During COVID19 pandemic in early 2021, elegant movements in space were found during the walk at Lower Arroyo Park, Pasadena. 


Morning light coming through my studio window from the west.  Seeing the light filling up the space and the space being soaked up with the light.

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After rain in my garden. Deepened saturation of colors and sensual gestures of the succulents.


Azalea white flower after a drizzle. There are full of graceful lines and movements. The delicate and thin petals reveal its veins, the life support system carrying the water and nutrition. Every corner of the Earth, I find the superb system that builds a life on the earth and sustains them. 

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Around 6 pm on July 23, 2016. 
As I was leaving my studio, I saw this unusual yet beautiful pink yellow sky in La Crescenta this afternoon caused by Santa Clarita brush fire and the box with this elegant spiderweb covered with ash. 


The late afternoon walk during the 2nd "stay-at-home" order in Los Angeles in 2021.

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Textures and colors of moss and rock at Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Light is everywhere.


How light reveals forms and how the light is captured by water. 


Algae formation on Lower Arroyo Seco Park. Arroyo Seco means "dry river." From daily hike, I have watched its process of formation, a time-based "earth sculpture."

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The way water moves over various surfaces and the sunlight near horizon landing on the earth.


I found myself daydreaming in front of these trees in my neighborhood. Their shedding bark reminds me of the sculpture of St. John the Baptist by Donatello at Museo del Duomo in Florence. It takes me back to that moment in Florence when I stood before the sculpture, feeling overwhelmed and overpowered. 

The beautiful torn and cracked bark of trees emerges out of necessity. As trees grow and their trunks expand, their rigid outer layer is torn and ripped, akin to the stretch marks on a pregnant woman's belly.


"Form and Function" is everywhere in the nature. The pattern. The outcome of the growth pattern. The essential beauty out of necessity.


Often it is called random. But, I always see the preconceived plan and execution in nature. From the sky, this can be witnessed how the countless plants in a forest have formed the perfect order and balance in order to sustain life, to receive the sunlight, the energy for life, and the food. There is no accident, but the conscious mind.

During the sunset and sunrise, all appearance changes fastest. 


"Dutch Light." Morning light in Amsterdam during my way to Rembrandt Museum.


"Dutch Light." Sunset in Amsterdam. I made this trip to see "Dutch Light" as well as their newly reopened Rijksmuseum and artworks, especially by Van Gogh and Vermeer. "Dutch Light" has been known due to the water particles trapped between the water and the clouds and the light bouncing between the water particles. 


Compositions found by the sidewalk on La Brea Ave.

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