Clouds Over Half Dome
Clouds Over Half Dome
No. 93
Whatchu lookin' at?
Two Medicine
Eye to eye
Shrouded Path
Fly Half

J.C. Chang

That's me to the right, over there. I was attempting fire dancing (for the very first time), so I decided to take a self portrait — alone, with strobes, at night... and on film!

My work explores contrasts within an individual or society, such as science vs. art, the intellectual vs. the visceral, or skepticism vs. faith. My images usually portray them in double entendre. My style and methodology borrow from masters of photography, such as Edward Weston and Robert Mapplethorpe, while taking inspiration from Jungian artist-scientists, such as Leonardo DaVinci and Lewis Carroll. I use title and subject as keys to the rabbit hole, which convey what is through the looking glass — form and shadow endow the viewer equal to their engagement.

My latest work depicts social issues within the context of board games. Layering somber topics within devices that are meant to be lighthearted distractions is a thoroughgoing thread that ties the ensemble. In the work, I try to present the issues from a neutral perspective, in which the viewer themselves are able to derive meaning, according to their own biases. The rights and wrongs, moral and ethical, or pros and cons of these issues are not my primary concern. This work aims to remind people, individuals and society, that these issues do still exists — though we sometimes choose to ignore, or perhaps have become anesthetized to them.

In the ultimate essence of the word, I am an amateur of photography.

Selected works

The Games of Life (2012)

Mancala Games are usually what we use to get away from reality — to spend some time with family and friends, and forget about the world for a while. Here, the constructs are altered, in one way or another, to reflect social issues that are usually avoided in polite society. What each person sees will differ greatly, partly due to the level of observation and knowledge about the games, but mostly due to the person's own cultivation. Each image is a layered puzzle: some blatant, others latent — not all are meant to be "solved". In a way, viewing the ensemble becomes a game on its own.

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Canon FL 55mm ƒ/1.2 lens onto EOS cameras

23 Jul 2012

"Why would you want to do such a thing?", you may ask. Simple. This legacy lens is solidly built, has superb optics (even when wide open), and does not cost an arm and a leg. I've had the pleasure of shooting with the Canon EF 50mm ƒ/1.2L USM — the lens exhibits marshmallow-like sharpness wide open, and the ultrasonic motor leaves much to be desired (it's REALLY slow for a USM). So, I decided to look for an alternative lens within the same focal range.

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Hello World!

23 Jul 2012

“It’s always best to start at the beginning…”
— Glinda, the Good Witch of the North