[ GENERAL CONTACT ]
GENERAL QUESTIONS & COMMENTS:
(MS. EGLE MENDOZA) firstname.lastname@example.org
TAIWAN MAIL ADDRESS:
No.7, Lane 210, Liaoning St., Taipei, Taiwan
REPRESENTATIVE MAIL ADDRESS:
262 State St., San Mateo, CA94401, U.S.A
This web site is designed by PETHANY DESIGN STUDIO
[ ARTIST STATEMENT ]
My photography is a reflection of my experience, my thoughts, and deeper, my emotions toward to life. People can often ignore the world they live in because they focus on themselves too much. It is easy to take things for granted. I want to capture those forgotten moments of the life and the nature, and remind people the importance of these elements. I like to impress people with vivid colors and elegant layout, but to contrast the reality behind the beautiful look.
[ EDUCATION ]
JANUARY 2001 TO AUGUST 2003 - MASTER OF FINE ART
Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Major: Computer Art - New Media
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Digital Imaging, Web Design, Multimedia CD Design, Interface Design, Flash Game.
MAY 1999 to AUGUST 1999 - EXCHANGE STUDENT
San Francisco State University, San Francisco
Major: Computer Graphic Design (Exchange Student)
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Digital Imaging, Graphic Design.
SEPTEMBER 1996 to JANUARY 2001 - BACHELOR OF FINE ART
Chung-Yuan University, Taiwan
Major: Commercial Art
Location: Chung-li, Taiwan
Photography, Drawing and Painting, Illustration, Graphic Design, Publishing, Advertising.
[ BIOGRAPHY ]
I was born in 1978 in Taipei, Taiwan. My family owned an international trade company, so I have been traveling around the world with my father since young ages. The first time I encountered a professional camera was at the age of seventeen from my brother. I instantly fell in love with cameras. When I graduated from the high school, I got myself a graduation gift - a Nikon FM10 camera with two Sigma lenses (from 28mm to 210mm) which I had been saving the money for couple years. I had been traveling with it, until in 2002 l decided to move my photos into the digital world.
In 2000, I moved to San Francisco for studying in University of Art. I was fascinated by the charm and the multiple culture background of San Francisco. During these years, I started traveling around the US whenever I had some vacations time. I focused on three topics: "Land", "Window", and "American Life"; "Land" is for the beauty, difference, and changes of this land; "Window" is my emotional reflection. It was started from a time when I felt really low and locked up with life. I felt that I have a window in front of me to isolate myself from the world. I started taking pictures through different windows more or less unknowingly. When I arranged all the photos together, then I realized my subject. The most representative "Window" photo is "Locked in SF"; "American Life" is my personal view of living in the US. I use my cultural angle to look into this "New Mainland". I try to understand and point out the American way and the essence of American life.
Written by Pethany in 2004
[ REVIEWS ]
NOVEMBER 2004 - [SANTA MONICA MUSEUM
OF ART] MODERN ART MUSEUM
November 29, 2004
I enjoyed reviewing LAND.WINDOW.AMERICA and find the series beautiful and accomplished. I genuinely appreciated the perspective on American geography.
By Lisa Melandri
MAY 2004 - [SF WEEKLY] LOCAL NEWSPAPER
Volume 23 | Number 14 | Page 26 & 27|
May 5 to 11, 2004
[Night & Day] section - Monday, May 10, 2004
From now on we're going to insist that photographer Pethany P. Chen come along on every road trip we take, because -- judging from the acumen she displays in the exhibition "Land . Window . America" -- this is a traveler who knows when to yell, "Oooh, look at that!" Chen's show incorporates the magnificent shots she's taken on her worldwide travels, images far removed from typical tourist snaps. Instead of photographing the Golden Gate Bridge or the view from Coit Tower, for example, Chen finds unexpected and unexpectedly beautiful views of parking lots and trash cans. Similarly, her Las Vegas work is more likely to contain slouching, weary slot jockeys than vivid neon, and her landscapes, often taken out of car windows, depict the desolate yet stunning vistas most people drive past without a second glance. Take a look today starting at 9 a.m. (the exhibit runs through Wednesday) at the S.F. Black & White Gallery.
By Joyce Slaton & Hiya Awanhuyser
[ INTERVIEWS ]
SEPTEMBER 2005 - [EGLE MENDOZA] REPRESENTATIVE
Egle: When did you first start taking photos as
Pethany: When I graduated from high school at the age of eighteen, I bought myself a graduation gift - a Nikon FM10 camera with two Sigma lenses (from 28mm to 210mm). It was my first professional camera. I took the first photography trip to a village in the mountains near Taipei immediately. I had a friend accompanying me on this trip, and we took pictures all around the village. This was my first time taking pictures and felt like a photographer.
Egle: What drove you to become a photographer?
Pethany: The first time I encountered a professional camera was at the age of seventeen when my brother was studying industrial design and came home with a cannon studio camera from school. I played with the camera a few of times and started to grow an interest in photography. Since then, I have continually taken pictures wherever I went. In my sophomore year in university, I took a commercial photography class. I realized that as a photographer I could present beauty, concepts, and visions to the world. A a photographer, we hold the magic to present the world through our eyes. It is a great power and also a responsibility.
Egle: Who or what inspires you the most?
Pethany: National Geography magazine inspires me the most. The power and beauty of images in National Geography magazine are delivering strong messages that move its readers, of which I am one. Through images, they send troubling concerns, controversial issues, or personal experiences to the viewers. Sometimes, one image can be more persuasive than any article.
Egle: What makes you want to take photos?
Pethany: I am deeply in love with the feeling of capturing a moment in life. To seize a moment of what I see, what I feel, and what I think, and share it with other people. It is like an adventure, and you never know what's the outcome.
Egle: Do you have any advice for young starters?
Pethany: If there were any, I would say that to be a photographer you must hold out to be one and keep pushing yourself to do more. It is impossible to continue in this area if there is no any insistence in you. As a photographer or any other type of artist, you will always meet a lot of challenges, either within yourself or in the world surrounding you. In order to conquer all these challenges you must insist on doing photography, and know what you are doing and where you are headed.