"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home." - Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
MIDVA 2010-2028 - An 18-Year Video Project
Simon Chang 28.5.2012
“The job of the photographer is to match the sides, points and faces of the missing pieces to their respective places. Like the familiar manner of a well-seasoned tailor and the airy footsteps of a feline, two worlds that belonged to different realities are connected by the click of the shutter through the dual form.”
- From Simon Chang's 3rd photography book, MIDVA
I believe that everyone’s life is a movie. Mine is no exception.
There are 24 frames in every second of a movie. A roll of film contains 36 photos. That means a 2 hour movie is equal to 200 rolls of film. If the average human lifespan is 80 years, that is equivalent to 350,633 movies or 60,600,000,000 photos. (365 days in 1 year = 31,556,926 seconds. 80 years is 2,524,554,080 seconds, then multiplied by 24 frames per second.)
60 billion photos side by side is almost 180,000 kilometers long. It is enough to circle the planet four and a half times. The dense calculations that cover my notebook and the particles of varying thickness on my film are interwoven with surprise and lament from layers of both old and new memories. As I edit the plethora of combinations on my video timeline, I crop and edit the same clip from the scene again and again. Copy, delete, rewind, restore as I hum the melody that I imagine will accompany the clip. Doesn’t the practice of endlessly editing this montage symbolize our daily lives?
I examine the clips and images captured during this period of time, the subtle hints between storylines, and coincidental connections that I was shocked to discover after the fact. The most magical aspect of editing a montage is nothing more than letting time that is originally linear to extend indefinitely. To let this time be condensed by thoughts of appreciation. To let us have the opportunity to examine it once again, frame by frame. There are some moments you didn’t have time to carefully delineate. In the end, you suddenly realize the most unremarkable excerpts of daily life are actually like liquid metal, streamlined and intense.
How should I condense these unforgettable 9 months and 1 year into 9 brief minutes? This is my biggest challenge. A commercial director’s task is to construct a virtual world with the most precise visual language, composition, image, editing and soundtrack in the space of 30 or 40 seconds. This time, my starting point is the role of a father and Sonja has only been on this Earth for 394 days. There’s not enough time in which to “condense” everything.
Director & Photographer: Simon Chang
Soundtrack: Rebecca Adorno
* Original language in Slovenian. Subtitle in English and Chinese.
* Winner of 2010 Slovenia Fotopub Festival Thursday award 2012
Congratulation! Winner was selected by an international jury: Piotr Malecki (Poland), Anna Stevens (UK), Arne Hodalič (Slovenia) in Chris de Bode (Netherlans) as head of the jury.
The international jury of Fotopub reviewed 11 multimedia presentations from the final list that were created by photographers from six different countries, this year Thursday Award Prize is given to the Taiwanese photographer, Simon Chang who has been living in Slovenia since 2010.
Thursday Award is a prize for best documentary photo story, which is presented in the form of projections and a short film made up of original photographs and any music. According to British photographer Anne Stevens , who is also Arne Hodalič, Piotr Maleckega Polish and Dutch photographer and art Head Fotopuba Chris de Bode shocked racing projections, Simon Chang in multimedia story 2010-2028 We convince with innovation. "The video was interesting, the segments have been saying all along, it is excellent to work as a whole. top of that, the story had a heart, " and added: "It all just put in its place."
Simon Chang - Taiwanese in Slovenia
Simon Chang is a photographer of Taiwanese descent, the last two years living in Slovenia and working on his projects between Slovenia and Taiwan.
MIDVA 2010-2028 talks about the early days of parenthood and offers insight into the emotional intimacy of personal life events young photographer Anjino pregnancy, coping with parenthood, the birth of her daughter and the first year of her life. As Chang told the Planet Siol.net, the awards thrilled, but somehow it is a surprise. "I am surprised because the festival Fotopub usually see stories by photographers captured somewhere else and someone else, We project 2010-2028 and the 'true story' of the photographer's personal life.
The second episode is expected next summer: