Simon Chang's Analogue Photography Journey – Part 1


He says: I always believed that photography is not the most important thing. Life is, even more so for the people we treasure.

Born in Taipei in 1978, Simon Chang graduated from Fu Jen University’s Dept of Communications Art with a degree in Fine Arts. In 2003, Simon moved to Prague and enrolled in the Masters of Still Photography Program at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). Through the use of documentary-style photography and in-depth articles, he focused his work on people marginalized by mainstream society.

Photo via stanleydog0224 's Flicker.

Through his backpacking journeys, Simon shot many photos capturing the various facets of Europe. Like his street photography style “Between” series, Circus-themed “Circus” series, travelogue “Endless Journey” series, Gypsy-themed “Gilvanfa” – a Gypsy ghetto in Hungary series, a series about Border Hunters, “Hunters from Afar”, and a series about the largest mental institute in Central Europe, “They”, this series won him The Second TIVAC 365 Traditional Photography Award in 2006.

Having stayed in Europe for almost 10 years, Simon’s “Ashura” series won the first prize in this year’s PX3 Photo Competition, Professional Press Category, and he also won Second Prize for the album “Amei – R U WATCHING?” photography work, Advertising – Professional Category. He is the pride of Taiwan.

The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and to introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. It was touted by US Photography magazine to be the largest photo competition in Europe and it attracts submissions from amateur and professional photographers from hundreds of countries every year, including those from Taiwan.

Photo via PX3

The award-winning “Ashura” series is based on the famous Day of Ashura (Arabic:عاشوراء‎),it is commemorated by Muslims worldwide but the Shi’a Muslims have the most intense way of remembering it. On this day, in order to punish themselves and to mourn, they will wear dark-colored clothes, parade on the streets, and beat themselves up. The traditional flagellation ritual using a sword or zanjeer zani or zanjeer matam, involving the use of a zanjeer (a chain with blades) is also performed. They use this method to express their remorse. Not only adults, even children are performing such acts to obtain Allah’s blessings.

Photo via PX3

In 2010, Simon relocated to Slovenia, and not long after, his baby, Sonja, was born in the Spring of 2011! Adding precious meaning to this journey. Published in 2011, Simon’s “MIDVA” photo book was well received. He focused his attention to documenting daily life. Observing the most mundane but attractive elements, and continues to collect different anecdotes in the journey of life.

Simon said: “I believe that everyone’s life journey is a movie”. After the birth of his daughter, he plans to document Sonja’s growth and their aging as parents, with 18 photo essays. This is to record down the constants and transformations during this period of time, with the project coming to an end on Sonja’s 18th birthday in 2028. Thereafter, the project will be handed over to her boyfriend!

*In Part 2, Simon will share his experiences in using Lomography cameras and his lomographs, and a cameo appearance by the cute Sonja!

Read Simon Chang's Analogue Photography Journey – Part 2

Source: Simon Chang / Wikipedia / anarchichi.blogspot

written by ccchiii on 2012-08-31 in #lifestyle #photographer #art #exhibitions #simon-chang #analogue-photography #analogue-cameras #rumbles
translated by coolsigg


  1. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    Indeed he is a photojournalist! The Ashura pictures are complelling. The beauty of the model in the press room at the newspaper caught my eye as I am in the printing business and can relate to the paper rolls waiting to be processed!

  2. alive13
    alive13 ·

    A Mei !!!!

More Interesting Articles

  • Where The Hell is Lomography In The Baltics?

    written by shhquiet on 2015-07-20 in #world #news
    Where The Hell is Lomography In The Baltics?

    Here at Lomography we believe that everyone should be able to live an experimental, interactive, vivid and sometimes even blurred and crazy way of life. And we also believe that it is important to make the analogue lifestyle more accessible to everyone! This is why we're calling out to Lomographers in the Baltic region to help spread the Lomography love in your area!

  • Film Photography Day Special: Buy Film and Get a Free Camera

    written by shhquiet on 2015-03-21 in #gear #news
    Film Photography Day Special: Buy Film and Get a Free Camera

    Film Photography Day 2015 is fast approaching —do you have the film on hand to document the good times? We’re talking parties, dances, competitions, workshops, raffles, picnics and much, much more! If you don’t have film to last this gigantic 1 day festival of all things analogue, then now is the time to stock up! And even if you do, can you ever really have enough film? Nah, we don’t think so either.

  • Vibrant Vacation Photos Taken With LC-A+

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-04-16 in #gear #lifestyle
    Vibrant Vacation Photos Taken With LC-A+

    The two most important thing about a vacation? The experience and the memory. The Lomo LC-A+ makes both teem with life. This handy camera is always at the mercy of your wanderlust!

  • Shop News

    Fisheye One Pearl Blue

    Fisheye One Pearl Blue

    Snap dazzling 35mm fisheye shots at the push of a button with this shimmery blue lightweight beauty.

  • Storytelling with Petzvals: Alex Timmermans and the Art of Collodion

    written by jacobs on 2015-04-03 in #people #lifestyle
    Storytelling with Petzvals: Alex Timmermans and the Art of Collodion

    Not long after Alex Timmermans purchased his first digital camera at the turn of the century, he quickly realized the trappings of digital photography couldn't fulfill his personal photographic desires. He then began searching for a more challenging process — one that wasn't so predictable. His journey eventually landed him back at the roots of analogue photography, specifically employing the wet plate collodion process using original Petzval lenses. This antique photographic process found in him a renewed inspiration and has since become his passion, which is evident in both his words and his images.

  • The Bright Side of Detroit

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-05-07 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    The Bright Side of Detroit

    "Here I am looking for desolation and blight and abandonment, and I find life," says National Geographic contributor Wayne Lawrence. For him, photography is more than just looking. It is about people and their stories.

  • Pushing Boundaries: So I Heard You Like Multiple Exposures

    written by Amber Valentine on 2015-04-11 in #world #tipster
    Pushing Boundaries: So I Heard You Like Multiple Exposures

    My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.

  • Shop News

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    At 25% off you can take dreamy 35mm images with this little black beauty. Beam coloured light into your shots with its accompanying Diana Flash Back accessory and be the analogue king of the night.

  • My Year in Analogue: Something New, Something Old

    written by murdoc_niccals on 2014-12-15 in #lifestyle
    My Year in Analogue: Something New, Something Old

    Hi, everyone! I'd like to share with you my 2014 summary on analogue photography. Some things I did were completely new, while some were my good old habits. This year I learned how to develop black and white film, which I consider my greatest milestone. But the most important thing is that in 2014, I remain in love with Lomography! And the rest? Well, let's see...

  • Sean Marc Lee Shoots with the Petzval Lens

    written by shanti929 on 2014-11-19 in #people #lomoamigos
    Sean Marc Lee Shoots with the Petzval Lens

    He expresses his photographic thoughts with brief words and manifests his photographic mind with simple images. For Sean Marc Lee, photography is a part life,and it happens naturally, like sleeping or breathing. This brings us to the question: how would he practice photography with the new Petzval Lens? Let's accompany him on his Petzval journey.

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 4

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-05 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 4

    Read on dear friend and I will weave a story for you. There may be more questions than answers raised by this peculiar tale. But if it’s clarity you seek, have no fear, things will become clear in time (they always do, don’t they?). So rub the Sandman’s dust from your sleepy eyes and take a journey with me. If you think you have an answer when we reach the end, please do share it in the comments!

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Registering Moments With the Lomo'Instant

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-05-02 in #gear #lifestyle
    Registering Moments With the Lomo'Instant

    Some people say instant photos bring about a feeling of nostalgia. Although I often use the Lomo'Instant Camera with different crazy accessories such as the Splitzer and color gels, I have to agree there is something about it — dreamy vignettes maybe? — that always makes me want to go back in time and experience it all over again. In the name of analogue photography and good old memories, we passed by some classic spots in Vienna and took one shot after the other. Take a closer look at our gallery.

  • LomoAmigos: The Ting Tings Go Analogue!

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-09-09 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigos: The Ting Tings Go Analogue!

    The Ting Tings are a musical duo from Manchester who have more pop hits than you can shake a stick at. They are most famous for their 2008 hit "That's Not My Name" which got even the stiffest of people shaking in their seats. The Ting Tings are back with a brand new album called Super Critical. They are big film fanatics (check out their website for proof) so we gave them a Sprocket Rocket Camera and a bunch of film to document their life in sunny IBIZA.

  • Fresh from My Darkroom: Eclipse 2015 in Como

    written by sirio174 on 2015-04-05 in #world #lifestyle
    Fresh from My Darkroom: Eclipse 2015 in Como

    This article is a sad description on how an astronomical event so important passed in almost total indifference to most people in my city. This eclipse of happiness, the eclipse of curiosity -- this is much more dangerous than the dreaded astronomical phenomenon by ancient people!