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記錄「在山這邊」瞬間 看見無限未來
 
成功的攝影藝術是能運用影像特質傳達感受,對主題和內容進行紀錄、詮釋與思辯,繼而讓觀眾以多元的視角與深入的觀點來解讀「客家」精神。

在這樣的願景之下,本次「在山這邊~浪漫客庄攝影」特展很榮幸邀請到臺灣優秀中生代、資深的客籍攝影及十位來自國際的好朋友,共計二十二位攝影家,展現攝影團隊對攝影本質及其關於客家生活風貌的觀察與思考。

攝影藝術也是一種深入與專注的觀看態度。應邀參與計劃的攝影家們,年齡層世代融合、風格兼及紀實與藝術創作,其多元文化背景更交織出既豐富又引人入勝的視覺版圖。他們用真誠的態度,在客庄時空的經緯下不斷地位移和觀察,與村民對話,與自然共感,啟動決定性的快門瞬間,傳達對客庄景物、歷史建築、生活觀察、民俗藝術與人物等的真實感受。

今年適逢攝影術發明一百八十年,國內外攝影家的創作手法與風格包羅萬象。為了向此次獨特的客庄創作經驗致敬,使用的攝影媒材橫跨卡羅式攝影古典技法、傳統底片、數位科技乃至空拍機。攝影家用不同的速度、韻律與視野來捕捉吉光片羽,體察客家美學,進而感受及詮釋客庄的活力和溫度。

在數千張攝影中,精選出一百五十張照片,以六大主題,透過影像敘事,展現客庄的「在山這邊」的過去榮光、現代活力和未來展望。

「浪漫臺三線」曲折有情,凝聚著客家充滿多元魅力的人文風景與勤樸耕植的產業軌跡,與文化母體緊密相連。我們希冀體現客家樸實親切的精神,透過戶外展覽的方式與觀者互動,與環境融合,誠摯地邀請更多人能了解及親近客家文化與攝影藝術。

自國內外的攝影團隊透過本次專案過程,深刻感受到且一致認為客家人是臺灣發展史裡相當重要的族群,應該給予更多的尊重與關注。我們希望2019 「在山這邊~浪漫客庄攝影」是啟動客庄影像紀錄的開端,未來能邀請更多臺灣與國際攝影工作者的參與,探究客家深藏的文化底蘊與人文精神。
 

策展人 全會華 Hooi-Wah Suan
協同策展人 孫維瑄 Wei-Shiuan Sun
 

Hills, Homes, and Heritage Moments
Looking ahead onto a bright and boundless future​

 
Exceptional photographic art conveys emotions via this visual medium’s unique characteristics and intrinsic ability to record moments in time, offer interpretations, and stimulate dialectic conversations on the subjects and objects within. Through such explorations, artists invite viewers to decipher the essence of the Hakka people from diverse perspectives and points of view.

The Exhibition of Photographs Highlighting the Romance of Northern Taiwan’s Hakka Villages is honored to have received the active participation and contribution of 22 photographers, including superior midlife Taiwanese photographers, seasoned Hakka photographers, and 10 photographers from around the world. Together, this team of photographers shares their observations and thoughts on both the nature of photography and life in Hakka villages.

Photography is a profound and focused approach to seeing and interpreting the world around us. The photographers involved in this project span a wide range of ages, and their approaches reflect both documentary and artistic stylings. Furthermore, their diverse backgrounds come together to form a rich and intriguing visual tapestry. With earnestness and sincerity, these photographers venture forth on a journey of displacement and observation across time and space in Hakka villages. They communed with the villagers and immersed themselves in the natural landscape. With each decisive click of the shutter, they convey their innermost feelings on the sights, historical architecture, day-to-day life, folk art, and people of these Hakka villages.

This year marks the 180
th anniversary of the invention of photography. The myriad of creative techniques and styles used by photographers from Taiwan and abroad in this exhibition underscores the maturity in this art form. To mark this unique experience photographing in Hakka villages, the photographers used photographic techniques ranging from classical calotype and traditional photographic film to digital and drone photography. The photographers imprinted themselves onto the beauty of their Hakka village subjects by capturing priceless moments at various speeds and rhythms and from varying perspectives. Their experience and interpretation highlight the vitality and warmth of these villages.

The 150 photographs that were selected for this exhibition from the thousands of submissions have been categorized into six main themes. The past glory, present vitality, and future hopes of the “Hills, Homes, and Heritage” of Hakka villages have been brought to the fore through these indelible visual narratives.

Dreamy and meandering Romantic Route 3 is interwoven into the multifaceted Hakka cultural landscape and runs through the center of the area’s simple and industrious agricultural life. Romantic Route 3 is intimately connected to the Hakka cultural matrix. We hope in this outdoor exhibition to showcase the down-to-earth and warm nature of the Hakka people, to inspire visitor interest in this special corner of Taiwan, and to make you too a part of this landscape. We cordially invite all to visit the exhibition to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation both of Hakka culture and of the photographic arts.

Over the course of this project, everyone on the photography team has gained a much clearer appreciation of the importance of the Hakka people in Taiwan history and heritage and concurs that the Hakka should be given deeper respect and concern. It is our hope that this 2019 Hills, Homes, and Heritage Exhibition is the start of a movement to produce an ongoing, visual record of our Hakka villages. We invite even more photographers from Taiwan and abroad to join this project and help uncover and examine the deep historical and cultural roots of the Hakka people.

 
Hooi-Wah Suan, Curator
Wei-Shiuan Sun, Co-Curator