Yang Wu (b. 1999), a Chinese photographer based in London, presents his series "Ephemera". Inspired by Chinese poetry ‘the Ode of Red Cliff’ and the varying perceptions of time, Yang's compelling images encourage viewers to ponder the relativity of life's duration, inviting them to rediscover the wonder of measuring time scales and experience the duality of life's brevity and longevity.
In my project 'Ephemera', I try to capture the concept of time, echoing the wisdom within 'the Ode of Red Cliff', an influential Chinese poem. This body of work explores the duality of time - its brevity and longevity, presenting an intimate reflection of existence.
Each photograph encapsulates a slice of time, a transient instance in a world of ceaseless change. These images are tangible embodiments of the abstract concept of time, exploring the dichotomies defining our existence - fleeting moments versus the eternal. Through 'Ephemera', I aspire to illuminate our place within the cosmic canvas, challenging perceptions of time as both a linear progression and cyclical recurrence.
Inspired by varying temporal perceptions, 'Ephemera' invites viewers to ponder life's relativity and the awe-inspiring phenomenon of measuring time scales. Each image is a visual poem, celebrating the transient beauty within life's ephemeral moments and encouraging viewers to rediscover the wonderment of existence.
In our accelerating world, 'Ephemera' stands as a testament to stillness and the cherishing of fleeting beauty. It urges viewers to pause, observe, and reflect on life's varying temporal scales.