【夜台北攝影系列】- Statement of Nocturnal Taipei

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夜台北 而我們只是鬼魂

按中國人習俗每年八月(農曆七月)正是眾所皆知的鬼月。
無獨有偶地我在這炎熱的季節裡身處在台北這座城市,
飽受著時差的困擾,夜裡總是輾轉難眠。正因如此長時
間的失眠,逐漸讓我對流竄於深夜街頭一種無以名狀的
氛圍,養出了一種偏執的「攝癮」。

「夜台北」是本次創作的重點,台北是台灣首善之都,
比起近年中國大陸許多新興的城市,台北早在10年前開
始現代化的改善,儘管進度趨緩,仍可見台北在各方面
的生命力就像落在土壤裡的有機根般,盡力地在水泥垣
壁的裂縫中求生。我為要確實描繪這樣的一座現代城市
和原屬熱帶島嶼荒野的交錯共生,刻意在日落日出間的
深夜遊移,以鏡頭捕捉在城市街燈下生長的自然本體。

按理說人類無從想像滋生在人工照明底邊的叢林模樣,
更何況安於暗夜中的叢林更加深沈、神秘。尤其,許多
不祥的事物都在暗處裡蔓爬,人類對其的恐懼使得絢爛
光明的世界更蒙上了一層陰影。

儘管如此在我的創作中,那原生在城市街燈或廣告霓虹
散溢光線下的熱帶樹林,總能自成一股氛圍瀰漫出震懾
的神祕張力,攝影像是探討「自然與人類間的關係」,
這層關係依我看在台灣的發展的確比中國大陸更和諧。
不過,我必須說明地是這裡提及的關係乃是一種暗夜裡
的合作關係,並非單指人與自然之間等地球污染問題,
或許有人會將本創作的目標想成是城市與自然間彼此地
和諧共生關係,甚或是人類面對惡劣地球暖化的當下作
為一種對自然的救贖,那些都不是這一系列創作的初衷。

真要說的話,我反而希望藉由那些深夜裡的攝像喚醒觀
者內心對自然的恐懼,讓人類感受到自身與環境的格格
不入,加上圖像裡毛骨悚然的叢林,更加令人感覺不寒
而慄;正面衝擊觀者的視覺,進而體驗許多矛盾不明的
感受,才是本系列創作的宗旨。

本系列作品中,依稀可見人類宛若分裂隔離的水泥銅牆
裡的靈魂,無論作為凍結或漂浮在暗夜裡的模糊形象,
即使始終可以感覺到他們存在於當下某個時刻,但在下
一瞬間的靜態裡,真正存續僅有那生長於野外的事物。
人類充其量是這世界的過客,來了又走,無盡的移動也
從未停留。我們過著我們的生活,不像畫面裡的建築物
或行道樹總安分守己地靜止於土地之上。與自然比擬,
我們只是鬼魂…

Nocturnal Taipei – We are but ghosts

By David Verbeek
 
The month of August is known to be the “Ghost
Month” in ancient Chinese culture. During this
hot summer month, I found myself unable to
overcome a Jetlag and was sleepless in Taipei.
My insomnia slowly grew into an obsession for
capturing something I felt on nightly streets.

This is a photo series about “nocturnal Taipei”.
Taipei – Taiwan’s capital has been modernizing
for about a decade longer than sprawling cities
in China mainland. Modernization in Taipei is
slowing down, however, one may get the
impression that organic roots of the soil are
re-emerging between the cracks in the concrete.
On this tropical island,the city and wilderness
have often become intertwined. In order to
illustrate this entanglement, this photo series
is observing the wild growth of nature in the
artificial light between sunset and sunrise.

Normally, we do not imagine any jungle under the
artificial lighting. Especially A jungle is dark and
mysterious at night. Things crawl around in the
dark that we do not want to let back into our
manmade world.

The atmosphere of tropical trees in the modern
city under stray light from lanterns or neon
advertisements produces a mysterious tension.
For me, this tension raises questions about the
relationship between man and nature. Moreover,
this relationship is more harmonious in Taiwan
than in the mainland. These photo is are not
about pollution and urban decay, but rather
about a symbiosis in the dark. Harmonious co-
existence with nature is now seen an important
objective. A salvation even, in the light of the
global warming. But this is also not the point
of this photo series.

These images aim to awaken a fear in the viewer,
for we are afraid of nature and do not want to be
intimate with it. Even more so in the dark,
the wild growth of a jungle is experienced as
frightening. With this photo series I want to
express this ambiguous feeling.

In these Images, we, the inhabitants of this
concrete, compartmentalized world, appear like
ghosts. Either frozen in the dark or floating by
in the form of vague blurry figures. We can feel
that one moment we are here in the picture, but
the very next moment the frame will be void of
human appearances again. What will remain is the
growth of the wild. We are but fleeting visitors
to this world. We come and go, always in motion.
We do not stay. We are living our lives. We are
not like our buildings or street trees that will
overtake the land in time. We are but ghosts.

 

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