FUSION – a collaboration through photography
“And my aim in my life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well as I can; then, at the end of my life, I hope to pass away, looking back with love and tender regret, and thinking, ‘Oh, the pictures I might have made!'”
Vincent van Gogh
Photography is an international language which empowers people hailing from diverse societal and cultural backgrounds to communicate through imagery. This exhibition, a collaboration between renowned Chinese photographer Zeng Yi and Malta’s Joseph P. Smith, demonstrates the close relationships which can be forged through persons who share the same artistic passions and interests. Great images need neither captions nor descriptions when, through their content, they can communicate a message, a mood or a feeling. No matter how differently human beings relate to photographs, images can bring distant cultures together. This is what makes photography so powerful and what today’s image makers should never lose sight of. Producing “pretty pictures” is fine but how much more valid are photographs that can influence and impact viewers?
The work of Zeng Yi and Joseph P. Smith clearly illustrate the power that this photography has: of enabling us to gain an insight into the lives of the ‘protagonists’ captured in their photographs – people who are different and remote from us but who we can magically relate through carefully and cleverly executed imagery. Although the work of these two photographers differs in subject yet the human content and sensitivity of their photographs is more than evident and cements their imagery together. The quality and variety of the works in this exhibition propels viewers towards an interesting experience of aesthetic as well as informative journey.
‘Fusion’ brings together a fine selection of photographs mainly from China and Malta. The project extends the valid interaction between Chinese and Maltese photographers spurred on by the China Culture Centre in Malta and aided through the collaboration of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography and the Spazju Kreattiv at St. James Cavalier.
Kevin Casha 2016