MR. SUMMER.

AN INTERVIEW.

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Summer sommer. Do you really love summer so much? Or where does this alias come from?

Summer, when all things prosper and thrive, when all things send forth their peculiar charms, prove to be the most direct in a sense. Summer could be harsh, too: all details manifest themselves in the broad daylight. If there’s an order, my favorite season of a year is winter, then summer, then autumn, then spring. Summer Sommer actually derives from the name of the hero from Patrick Suskind’s Mr. Summer’s Story.

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Would you refer to yourself as a nomad in some way? Why is that?

Being a nomad is really about drifting, about moving from one place to another. I kind of have to move around a lot because of the family I was born in as well as the work I later chose to do. It’s nomadic in a certain sense. A lot of Taiwan guys are like this too.

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What does traveling bring to your work? How does it affect you and change you?

For me, every bout of travel is like taking a shower, after which you feel cleansed and refreshed. This process of catharsis helps broaden my vision.

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Your angles are very interesting. How did you develop your personal style?

I’m not sure if I have developed a style peculiar to me. Or, let’s put it this way, I would very much like to know what others see in my
photography. I’m kind of careless when I take pictures. It’s A biological response to my surroundings actually. I click the shutter
whenever I feel it’s right.

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There are so many photographers out there. Any of them inspire you? Or any kind of artists?

There was this period of time when I was specifically obsessed with poetic photography, whose focus is put primarily upon very trivial
things. Then I came upon Wakagi Shingo a couple years ago and began to divert my interest in the carelessness and pointlessness shown in his photography. Pointless as those works might seem, one has to watch really closely to see what’s really “in”–instead of “on”–them. Eugen Atget might be the forerunner of this kind of photography. The author has to conceal his identity and intention really well when he does photography.

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What is for you the most important thing about your work?

Imperfection and impurity. While perfection really means exquisiteness and seamlessness, for me, imperfection and impurity is life itself, which echoes out to humanity.

Interview by Amanda M. Jansson

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