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In recent years, my son PoHan continuously makes public of his pictures in one of the best web photographic blog-Flickr (another renowned web photo album is Picasa), in addition to his vocation, he has some hobbies in depth such as playing the piano, writing classical music critics, and oil paintings, since the last one he felt the obstacles in expression, he then changes the vehicle into camera to paint his another blue sky.

Around four years ago, I started to give comments on the photos candidly and straightly about the structure and framework of the photos, I rendered my opinion that some of them are subject to revise or edit or totally give up in order to achieve a neat and pure ambiance or realm—the pursuit of beauty is exactly the same as life, that never a good thing is not from efforts and hard working. During the communication to and fro with my son, I deeply perceived the mutual tacit agreement in between us. I usually wrote comments with ideas and opinions on each photo, but also wrote single “good” in few of them, and afterwards, when we were collaboratively filtering the works, as long as we came across the work with a single “good”, he just laughed and said “Well, I think this is not good enough”. That's it! How could I comment a genuine artistic work by only a single “good” word? He knows that’s not my behavior.

During the several years, he works harder to sharpen his eyes and technique, his vision is founded on a rapid insight for absorbing the spontaneous events, confronted by a dense urban scene or fleeting moments in time and space, he especially employs his strong desire in desert shot, the oblique array of mountain, trees, rocks and sand dune, or a complex intersecting planes and ambiguous reflections- to distil an urban visual poetry that is by turns deeply affectionate, edgy and breathtakingly poignant. I visited his photo albums at times, I found them stunning with purport and was strongly appealed by the title of each photo with a depth of sophistication, which is naturally and significantly related with his multiple interests in music, arts and literature readings.

PoHan has an photography work named “Milonga for Three”, he writes under the title: 「When working on this photo, strangely an audio hallucination took place- It was Piazzolla’s Milonga for Three. I suppose the music talks about a struggling love triangle, which is irrelevant to the image, but I did hear it. The original performance by Piazzolla himself was eerily haunting and hopeless. Hmm, who would have guessed that music actually helps create art in another form.」

“Milonga for Three” won the Flickr Award and NPA(National Photographer Asso.) Award in 2010, there were several other photos such as “Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway” was nominated for the cover selection of National Geographic, it also won the Flicker Award, NPA Award, and was selected as the “Spirit of Photography” in 2011, another photo “Temple of Prometheus” is nominated for the cover selection of National Geographic as well and gets the “Riceworld Award”.

He has a strong affection of lonely wilderness, and this topic in recent years has become his fluent language in photographs, he finds himself as an artist in such creations, which has become the outlet of a new aesthetic interpretation in photographs. PoHan is a self-taught photographer with keen eyes, comprehensive vision, and a delicate, sensitive spirit toward beauty, he is particularly indulged himself in the vast landscape of southwest United States, he finds the tranquility through the wildness and his capture of the characters is sharp as well which was imposingly compel viewer’s heart to read its tension or otherwise the calm introspection. His many works have been nominated for competition of National Geographic award, another work named "Urban Pictogram" has also been selected as the “photograph monthly” by Ephotozine (British online photography magazine) , and he was invited to participate the documentary film program "The Thousanth Tower" by National Film Board of Canada.

The way of seeing is an art, and discovery brings the pleasure, when our eyes follow the movement of the sun, the darkness won’t be existed.

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