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  • There's a reciprocity between death and life.

  • One informs the other.

  • And I think the problem with humanity is that,

  • The life part of the equation is not respected

  • the way it should be.

  • Human beings still now, are incredibly destructive and disrespectful

  • of how precious and unique and how fragile life is.

  • People keep on saying after every major war...

  • 'Never again, we can never let this happen again.'

  • And of course.

  • In another country, in another part of the world.

  • It happens again.

  • You feel a disillusionment about that, or I have.

  • But within that whole pathos, that darkness

  • there's always individual people who choose peace

  • over conflict.

  • They are the light, and the spirits.

  • The true heroes of the world.

  • When I was young I would really get angry about the way the world was,

  • and about people who were suffering when they really didn't need to suffer.

  • And photography was kind of a way of me channeling that anger

  • into something that was more constructive.

  • Telling the stories of those vulnerable people.

  • In the hope of building some sort of bridge of understanding.

  • Being in war zones for ten years took it's toll.

  • I had cronic nightmares for years and years,

  • waking up in the middle of the night and being

  • terrified and sweating and screaming.

  • With all the death that I've seen

  • it's a confirmation of your own mortality.

  • I'm probably in the last chapter of my life.

  • You start thinking about death.

  • And being in Nepal, it's really interesting just seeing the way

  • that they've weaved it, not only into their own spirituality, their own religion

  • but into their daily lives.

  • This is the only one place in Nepal where you can see

  • life and death together.

  • Hindus believe that this is not our final life.

  • When you see their burning dead bodies you can see 5 elements together.

  • First they light dead body.

  • That's fire.

  • Fire goes back to fire.

  • Smoke rises up with the help of air.

  • And the cloud it takes form of sky.

  • All the ashes they're swept into the river right after cremation...Water.

  • And the small pieces of bone gets to the earth, back to five different elements.

  • Then persons gonna have another life.

  • A photographer making pictures of that if it's done in a respectful way,

  • and if you've asked and it's fine for you to be there,

  • they're absolutely at one with it.

  • Taking photograph it is not considered to be taboo because,

  • you are learning something from death as well.

  • Death is part of our life.

  • When you're in these intimate situations I find with Fuji cameras,

  • especially a camera like the X-T4 is that it's so small.

  • It's not imposing.

  • You can float with it.

  • What I really love about it, is the film simulation.

  • And one that I've been using which is new, is the bleach bypass.

  • The colour is not too saturated or overstated.

  • That for me is what I want because in documentary photography

  • it's reality that you're photographing. It's unguarded moments of humanity

  • in it's ebbing and flowing.

  • The things that made me angry when I was young

  • they're still going on. It's the same stupid dance but

  • I don't think hope has been snuffed out.

  • Hope is all that we have left.

  • And it's those individual people, many of them who I have documented,

  • that hold life up as something that's extraordinarily precious

  • and should be loved, you know?

  • And enjoyed until it ends.

  • Love is God.

  • God is Love.

There's a reciprocity between death and life.

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    jhyang0529 posted on 2020/06/16
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