Chih Han Yang finds beauty in everyday Taiwan

The 28-year-old analogue photographer captures life in her rural hometown in a series of intimate self-portraits.

Date: 12 March 2020
By Emma Russell

Photos by Chin Han Yang.

It was in the early Renaissance that artists really began experimenting with self-portraiture, as mirrors improved. Ever since, generations of artists have used their own bodies as muses to explore identity. Sarah Lucas used humor to challenge sexual stereotypes and conventional morals. While Frida Kahlo came to terms with her own physical and psychological suffering by painting herself from her bed. Today, Taiwanese photographer Chih Han Yang turns the camera on herself too — capturing the beauty she finds in the ordinary. In her rural hometown of Huatuan, she finds a tranquility and vitality, that’s almost poetic. While in Taipei, where she currently lives and studies, there’s an energy amid the busy shopping streets, colonial buildings and high rise towers.

Can you tell me what it’s like growing up in Taiwan?
Before I went to college to study Commercial Design, I lived in Changhua, a relatively rural area compared to Taipei, where I’m living currently. I feel free no matter where I live. Even though living in Taipei and Chunghua are totally different lifestyles, I’m very happy with both of them. In my opinion, the most critical things for growing up are family and education. However, I couldn’t get used to the systems and rules of schools when I was growing up. I’m a very straightforward person, and sometimes I had conflicts with teachers in my school. Luckily, my family is very open-minded. They always support me no matter what, that’s why I can do what I’m passionate about for living.

Can you describe Taiwan to someone that has never been?
Taiwan is a very warm, charming and friendly place. Let me put it this way… if you ever get lost in Taiwan, I’m sure that someone on the street will be very happy to help you. They’ll also probably tell you where to get the best food in the neighborhood.    [FULL  STORY]

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