One Fine Day
Journey Gong is a New York-based artist who presents his poetic interpretations of cultural landscapes through photography.
Born and raised in a small factory town in rural Northwestern China during the Cultural Revolution, Gong moved to the United States as a young adult. The experience of culture shift has had a great influence on his work. Not only does he appreciate the most celebrated, but also cherishes the often overlooked.
Gong takes special interest in the drama and composition of his photographs, and the visual excitement of light, color and space. Guided by the creative writing process he developed during his academic training, his serialized photographs are concise and rich in emotion. From creating the concept, to finalizing the image selection, he often works on a series for years. Based on a common theme, each image within a series can stand alone as a visual poem, or form a narrative when displayed together.
Gong’s works are held in private collections in New York, St. Louis, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Dubai.
I often imagine myself in my own private movies while I am waiting for someone, sitting alone having lunch, or walking between subway trains. In these motion pictures, the soundtrack is always a melodramatic melody of a solo violin, the ending is bittersweet, and the sequel begins right away.
Everyone has their own movies playing at the same time, with their own soundtracks. Sometimes we play parts in each other’s movies, sometimes we are just the audience.
One Fine Day is a collection of stills from the movies of some beautiful strangers.
Images captured between 2012 and 2017.
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