Ou Chia Cheng
At the age of 28, I left Taiwan to live the life far away from "home", which I once yearned for. I ever felt whenever I went back to the land it would be still my hometown. After travelling between Taiwan and other places time and time again and along with the growth of the age, I gradually saw the entanglement between the previous generation. My father was Hakka, and his family always spoke the Hakka dialect that I didn't understand. My mother's family were Tianjinese who withdrew from the mainland to Taiwan in the early years. We rarely gathered together with her relatives except on the particular holiday since she passed away.
However, it might be impossible for me to escape from the reality that the term "home" gradually grew into "family”. Every time I came back to Taiwan I felt strange. The contradictions of the previous generation continued to influence me. So I photographed and sought for my family things, looking for proof that my family existed, which I called the "Legacy". It was also to look for my own space in the family.
Family Legacy / Ou Chia Cheng
Born in 1984 in Taipei, Taiwan. Freelance photographer, Currently based in Shanghai, China.
Most of my previous works are direct snapshots into the flashes of private life, which enables me to explore how personal emotion responds to the changes of time. The blurred and sparkling image mimicking the experience of a quick glance,My goal is to make photographs that draw viewers into the now. A focus on details keeps us in the present, it stops us from fretting on the future or regretting the past.
My recent work focuses on man-made landscape, capturing the relocation of the artificial environment as an ongoing background. Perhaps the meaning of identity is something more than an origin, it can also be the progress of locating ourselves and, adapting to the processes accordingly.