A Taiwanese American physician scientist who studies the pathogenesis of gynecologic diseases. A photographer who finds the importance of another non-medical passion as the gateway for a more happy and meaningful life. A Buddhist (or to be) who wishes to learn the naked reality of life/world and try to wire it into his neural network.

A Taiwanese American, Ie-Ming Shih has had an enduring interest in black-and-white street and urban photography since his college years. His photographs capture a glimpse of his own reality- abstract, enigmatic and at times surreal.  Finding an interesting object, person or dynamic between the two always excites him as a photographer.  Shih found this medium alluring because the camera inherently transcribes an objective view of reality, unlike other forms of art. Similar to painting, sculpting and music, the photographer must master the instrument in order to freely express. Each shot is dictated by the artist’s decision. The subject of prominence is personal because it is chosen by the photographer. As days and nights whiz by, we become increasingly consumed by this endless routine of living. We often overlook the magnificent simplicity of our world. Shih’s mission is to capture a slice of life that lingers, offering an open interpretation for each individual. He has moved to the United States since 1989 and currently is the Richard W. TeLinde Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA (www.gynecologycancer.org).  As a physician (pathologist) and a scientist, he leads his research team in gynecologic cancer research. He hopes to donate the profit from selling his art to support ovarian cancer research.

 

shihie@yahoo.com    Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 

 

 

 Self portrait

Self portrait

For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. The attitude requires concentration, a discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson