Valerie Chiang


This is my photography and personal blog.
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“Although there is a long history of women artists who have, for better and worse, identified with or been identified with nature and land forms, very few female photographers are included in the rolls of old or ‘new topographers.’ Men have dominated the field of landscape photography just as men have dominated the land itself. Thus ‘shooting’ a ‘virgin’ landscape has been man’s work—hunting, not gardening. It is as though the outdoors especially in the western United States, were the only remaining male sanctuary among the domesticated interiors of home and workplace. While a large number of women photographers have gathered outdoor images, their failure to impress the art and journalism markets suggests that landscapes are still perceived as trophies form the battle of culture with nature.”

Lucy Lippard, Undertones: Nine Cultural Landscapes, 1995

(Source: thebeingtime)

Nich Hance McElroy

From his work in progress, taken in northern Michigan. I actually spent the majority of my childhood near where these photos were taken, so looking at this series brings back wonderful memories.

Last one of Chloe from this shoot. Valerie Chiang. August 2014.

Last one of Chloe from this shoot. Valerie Chiang. August 2014.

"If a genie were to appear before me and grant me one wish, I would ask him to give me a bottle filled with the smells and sights of those hot August days, the trills of the songbirds and the wind whispering. And every time I’d open the bottle, the contents would spill out and fill whatever space I’m in. To experience those moments again would be absolute bliss, and the impossibility of that happening makes the idea even more enchanting. I’ve resorted to finding other ways to preserve the moments in my life worthy of revisiting, and the way I found to be most effective and enjoyable (and one I happen to love) was by taking photographs."

From an essay I’m writing for class about how I decided to become a photographer.

A strip scan of chloefuller​ with her beloved Town & Country electric from the 1950s. Valerie Chiang. August 2014.

A strip scan of chloefuller​ with her beloved Town & Country electric from the 1950s. Valerie Chiang. August 2014.

More portraits of musician Chloe Fuller. Valerie Chiang. August 2014.

"Even when photographers are most concerned with mirroring reality, they are still haunted by tack imperatives of taste and conscience. In deciding how a picture should look, in preferring one exposure to another, photographers are always imposing standards on their subjects."

Susan Sontag, from On Photography

One of my favorite photographs by Wim Wenders.

One of my favorite photographs by Wim Wenders.

"I see a lot of young photographers pushing their work, and I think that’s fine, but so often it’s wasted effort before the work is ready. Everyone’s running around trying to promote themselves, and you kinda have to put in those years of hard work to make something decent before you do that… In relation to this kind of issue, I’m always wary that the advice is like “you need to put together this promo package that you send out to these 100 people.” No, you need to do the work, and worry about that later."

Alec Soth, from the interview “How You Living?" (American Photo Mag)

I went to the “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” exhibit at  The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles today. 

Photographs by: Elmer Williams, Les Leverett, Raeanne Rubenstein, Henry Horenstein, & Leigh Wiener.