the White Cloud
The space and floating quality in Le Nghi’s photographic creation is reminiscent of a white cloud. This imagery of white cloud (白云), up and away from the modern world of noises, visually translates into moments of tranquillity and meditation on the transience and impermanence of all things.
In Le Nghi her most recent work, she reflects on capturing the scenes intuitively and spontaneously, setting out on a shoot of sceneries–no staging, no planning. Together with this newfound way, Le Nghi incorporates her background of Chinese culture and tradition to her new series. The crane, a symbol of happiness and relates to the idea of long life and peace according to Chinese belief, is the link between heaven and earth. After her mother passed away, the crane has become the symbol of Le Nghi’s journey.
In the series Within, the characters, feel breathless, overcome and senseless as a result of trying to keep up the standard of a demanding society, where the emphasis is on performance and success. While hiding by playing roles, they get drifted away from their true self.
What lies beneath the surface are hidden layered emotions caused by the controversy between who they really are and who they think, others think they should be. The calm atmosphere in Lenghi’s work evokes a sense of stillness and serenity, as if time stands still. A moment, to free our thoughts and to look deep inside ourselves.
The concept of this coming body of works will be centered on the Japanese philosophy Wabi Sabi. The Wabi Sabi philosophy is connected
to the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence specifically impermanence, suffering and emptiness or absence of self nature.