Art Interests and Practices
Over the years I have taken many photos in several areas at various places. I still need more time to sort and process them. On these pages I demonstrate some of my photo works. New items will be added when they are available. Brief background and photography comments are provided beside each work. For the sake of copyright protection, all the photos are watermarked. If you are interested in any image with higher resolution, please contact me.
Notes on the photo display system: Thumbnails of the photos are displayed together on the main page. Mouse hoovering on a photo triggers the corresponding comments being displayed. For better experience, clicking on any thumbnail brings the viewer into the virtual gallery exhibition. This system is adapted from an improved version of the popular lightbox system. I changed the lightbox view into a framed photo hanging on a wooden wall, to simulate the museum experience. Once you enter the virtual gallery, please make necessary adjustments through scrolling, zooming and/or brightness/contrast tuning, to obtain the best view for your particular window. Navigation in the exhibition is controlled by forward/backward buttons below the photo and/or the corresponding keys on the keyboard (→/←; PageDown/PageUp; Enter/Backspace). To exit the gallery click on the "X" button below the photo or press the key Escape or X. You're welcome to use my adapted system, but please be a good netizen to add a link to my webpage, just like what I am doing here to the lightbox system.
From 2010 to 2013 I lived for almost three years in Europe. Photography was not my major objective, but an important one. Europe is very different from America, although they share some fundamental beliefs and values. I could feel the difference once I first left the Frankfurt airport. This was clearly reflected in my photography activities. While I focused on photographing nature and landscape in the American West, I shifted my focus to architectures and events in Europe. Even the gardens and parks in Europe had a different feel than the parks in America. Comparing the photos displayed here with those taken in the American West one can discern a general transition from nature to culture.
In most part of the three years I stayed in Karlsruhe. Fortunately there were quite a few great cities nearby, in Baden-Württenberg and Hessen. I managed to visit those places on my own and with my family, most of them more than once. Outside Germany we only had chance to venture into Italy with a tourist group and Paris on our own. So the photos are grouped into 6 sections, according to the subjects.
The following poem recorded some of my first impressions of Europe.