Leon Qu’s GLASS 2 is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive


Title: Glass 2

Photographer: Leon Qu

Date of publication:  2013

Edition size: 120

Dimensions of book: 21 x 14 cm

Number of pages: 24

Publisher: 88 books

ISBN: 978-1-927572-10-8

Retail price: $10 AUD

Summary of Project:

‘I am interested in the materials and the approach in constructing an image.  My work is the result of a series of decisions.  Glass as a medium does not consist much information. It is easy to integrate into the environment.  And it changes with the surroundings and the lighting, without any transformation of its own.  Using hands as a support is a decision because of convenience and mobility.  At the same time it becomes a kind of performance, with the intention of manipulation.  The meanings of the picture are enriched through a human action as supposed to the use of ordinary support fixtures.

Photography is an act of spontaneity and narrative making, as seen in snapshots and documentary photography.  Anybody can press the shutter – which is what I want to avoid. On the other hand, photography is objective.  It is a way of collecting information.  When looking at a complex and textured image, one could always see things that are often unnoticeable otherwise.

A photograph is a static image.  In a world where everything is constantly changing, what we are seeing is constantly changing too.  When a camera captures a still image it freezes everything and isolates it from time and space.  The photographic image is therefore an abstraction.  It is like looking at a distorted mirror where the viewer, with his/her own memory, emotion and imagination, connects the image with his/her own experience.  In fact, he/she does not see more than what is already on the photograph.

I often wonder what is subjective and what is objective within an image, and how the subjective and objective relate with one another.

To me, art must have its own realm of existence.  It is neither sensual nor conceptual.  Art reflects a very unique and the most fundamental essence of mankind – it is about the spiritual.’ Leon Qu