AMA - Carolyn Cheng

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We are thrilled to have @Carolyn_Cheng join us in October; prepare your questions for Carolyn! The AMA will start on October 15th at starting from 08:00 am Eastern time (11:00 am UTC/GMT) for 24 hours only.

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Carolyn´s Bio

Carolyn Cheng is a contemporary Canadian photographer currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario. She is an award-winning artist that has shown at Gallery 44, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the Paul H. Cocker Gallery. Her work is also held in various private collections.

Cheng’s images have been published in On Landscape and Photo Ed Magazines as well as in the National Geographic’s Photo of the Week series. She has also received awards from the Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), the International Photography Awards (IPA) as well as the International Landscape Photographer of the Year program.

Carolyn Cheng re-examines traditional elements of landscape photography from an abstract aerial perspective by transforming water, sand and earth, to investigate aspects of the feminine sublime in the natural world. By using the landscape as a medium rather than a subject, she endeavours to engage the viewer with painterly shapes, lyrical patterns and the vibrant colours of the landscape unimaginable from the ground.

Whereas historical representations of the Sublime depicted scenes of nature inspiring fear or eliciting domination over the landscape, Cheng’s images differ by using abstraction to remove all sense of scale and dominion. While exploring nature’s ephemeral and fantastical phenomena, she portrays the landscape with a kind of intimacy created by abstraction, possible from an immense distance when seeing the land from the sky. More recently, in the studio, Cheng uses the abstraction of black and white inversion and solarization to depict botanical vignettes from bud to bloom to withering. Her images focus more intently on the dynamic and transmutable nature of the landscape depicting it in a fashion that is more approachable, cyclical and alive. The viewer is thus connected to the landscape through an affective response to its beauty, as ordinary terrestrial elements become elevated to the otherworldly.