Roughly a century and a half ago, the art world in Europe felt the shockwave of impressionism: a wave which tore an entire movement free of the binds of tradition. In the present day, there’s no need to fight stiff-collared traditionalists to get your art accepted. Rather, the problem is often quite the reverse. Stephanie Jung manages to achieve the cut-through she needs with some pretty neat photography.
Just as, through brush strokes and technique, impressionists revealed the characters behind their works, Stephanie Jung puts the artist and the viewer back into the picture. (Not literally – That’d be really difficult without some kind of super-special reversey-camera.) Instead, we are presented with scenes that may elicit a range of feelings. The multiple impositions and dizzying heights of Maigo desu may evoke some vertigo in you (just as they evoke last night’s banana daiquiris in me). Exploring Osaka perhaps won’t make you quite so giddy, but there is a certain serenity in the worm’s-eye perspective and dreaminess of the scene. In contrast, Jung’s Power of Light series is exciting to say the least; like moments captured in bold brush strokes before they are lost from consciousness forever.
Whatever you see in this portfolio, there is no doubt that the artist is producing some amazing things with the camera she first fell in love with at the tender age of 16. (Since then, and, after studying Design and Visual Communication, Jung quickly found her way to freelance photography.) We’re hoping to see a whole lot more from the young photographer.