MYOUNG HO LEE

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It’s a simple idea, really. Stick a white canvas behind a tree found in nature and take a picture. Then again, some of the best ideas come down to execution. For each of these photos, South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee singles out one tree in his native country and then places it against a stark white backdrop. His large, 60 by 45 feet canvases are brought in by a production crew with heavy cranes and then extraneous components of the canvas support system, like ropes and bars, are later removed by digital retouching. The result? The backdrops look like they’re floating.

Lee not only searches for a specific tree with a certain “personality,” to add to its character, he also chooses a season and time of day. He’s also very careful to fill the frame around the canvas so that you can take in the tree’s natural surroundings. As Yossi Milo Gallery states, “By creating a partial, temporary outdoor studio for each tree, Mr. Lee’s ‘portraits’ of trees play with ideas of scale and perception while referencing traditional painting and the history of photography.”

Of course, one has to ask, “Why a tree?” He says, “I chose a tree because you see it everyday but people forget it’s there.” Didn’t you find yourself appreciating the little details?
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source: lensculture

Myoung Ho Lee, a young artist from South Korea, has produced an elaborate series of photographs that pose some unusual questions about representation, reality, art, environment and seeing.

Simple in concept, complex in execution, he makes us look at a tree in its natural surroundings, but separates the tree artificially from nature by presenting it on an immense white ground, as one would see a painting or photograph on a billboard.

The work demands thoughtful analysis.

Sang Yong Shim (Art Critic, and Professor at Dongduk Women’s University), has written a long intellectual essay about this work. Translation of these dense ideas is difficult. So, what follows is a shortened and very simplified version of the long essay:

Physical Isolation
and its Visual Confirmation

Myoung Ho Lee separates subjects from their original circumstances to derange the difference between subject and image. His work reveals nature by twists and turns, a little fabrication and optical illusion.

Myoung Ho Lee enacts his works as ‘a series of discourse on deconstruction on the photography-act’.

His works are largely composed by following four procedures:

1. Selection of The Subject
2. Separation of The Subject (meta-subject)
3. Photographing
4. Confirmation of The Separation

First of all, Look at the procedure (2), separating the subject from its environmental condition artificially. By setting a big white fabric vertically for playing a square surrounding role behind the chosen subject (with significant physical force), he makes the subject appear neutral from its original context. The object becomes ‘separated object’, ‘ambiguous subject’ and ‘meta-subject’.

The challenge of ‘Photography-Act’ is deep. Because ‘Photography-Act’ is not a real subject but a decontextualized and isolated variant from the subject, and is a real subject and nonsubject simultaneously.

Procedure (4) confirms the creation of identical chaos to the ‘Photography-Act’ itself by this separation and decontextualization.
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source: collateral

Myoung Ho Lee nasce nel 1975 a Seul, capitale della Corea del Sud e ha presentato il suo progetto al mondo nel 2007. In pochi giorni più di duecento siti web e blog hanno raccontato le sue creazioni.

Affascinato dalla solitudine di alcuni alberi in mezzo a paesaggi naturali e vergini, li ha isolati con l’utilizzo di sfondi di tela bianchissima di notevoli dimensioni dando l’illusione che essi siano bidimensionali in un contesto tridimensionale.

L’elaborazione dello scatto per quanto minimalista nella sua composizione ha dietro di sé un lungo lavoro. La tela, che si estende tra i quindici e i diciotto metri viene posizionata dietro gli alberi con l’aiuto di una squadra di assistenti e una gru. Gli elementi utilizzati per mantenere la tela in quella posizione, come corde o barre, vengono poi eliminati con un lavoro minimo di post produzione dall’artista dando la sensazione che lo sfondo bianco sia in realtà in grado di mantenere quella collocazione da solo.

Con un eccellente uso della luce che non permette la produzione di ombre sullo sfondo, quegli alberi diventano agli occhi dello spettatore dipinti posati su paesaggi vastissimi.

Un concept semplice e geniale che ha dato vita a un progetto surreale che gioca sulla possibilità di separare un oggetto, come un albero, dal suo contesto naturale. Come se quel albero fosse visto per la prima volta dagli occhi di chi lo immortala.
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source: iphotoeditora

O tema natureza está em alta na fotografia nos dias atuais, porém, é difícil encontrar alguma série de fotografias criativas nesse tema ultimamente. O fotógrafo sul coreano Myoung Ho Lee foge um pouco da mesmice. Com fotos básicas e porém criativas, Lee chama atenção pela simplicidade e beleza com foco apenas para o personagem principal: as árvores.

Com um painel branco colocado atrás das árvores, a união com o cenário se torna agradável para os olhos, tornando a composição das imagens belíssima. Confira essa bela série de retratos.