Carin Chen Companionship

– Companionship is a visual dialogue connecting memory, emotions and the notion of identity.

“Growing up in the city, I kept pictures of specific corners in my memory. Moving, saying goodbye and readjusting are things that constantly happen. That’s why I love to look for familiar things in the new environment to connect to the past.

As time goes by, those specific things from those special corners in my memory become a unique element living in the city I’m in. With a busy lifestyle, I sometimes forget those warm pictures that were once in my memory. When I moved to the States, returning to the field of art, I once again started to seek that familiar corner in this strange new city.

This series of pictures is a dialogue between me and myself. They reveal my emotions as I enter new cities. They sometimes convey what I see of me in these new cities. This creative work process has given me a chance to self-reflect. When I see the stories and emotions of these people in the city, I remember those warm corners in my memory. They are the corners that made me smile in a strange new city. They are the corners that are filled with these calm yet powerful “bits”. These bits maybe a row of white daisies in front of a blue window or the roots of an old tree popping out of the cement. These bits has become unique companionship for me in the city. Therefore, in my work, I also want to present the companionship I want to make for the city – The city is not just a place where we live in, but what we live alongside with.” – Carin Chen

– Discover more of Carin Chen’s work here.

Monthly Photo Contest

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2020 BLACK & WHITE AWARD Deadline: 30 November 2020

Street photography, fashion, portrait, conceptual, landscape, documentary: regardless of genres, this month we want to celebrate all the beauty and wealth of black & white images and we encourage photographers working across all genres to share with us their best monochromatic work!⁠

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