To me, photographs bring the viewers to a new space-time where they never saw, experienced or even imagined, but the 'decisive moment' actually happened. Photography is not only what you see but also what you make others see. That's the poetic element of photography. 

Unlike a conventional fine artist, a photographer never invents or constructs the art content- it is a journey to discover the moment, followed by the reinterpretation of a visual experience by both the photographer and viewers.

The practice of photography is similar to fishing. One needs to know where and when to anticipate the moment, making the practice of waiting an art. One will find fishing less exciting when a net replaces the hook. Likewise, a string of automatic shots or directed, staged photography sacrifices the very essence that is so dear to photography.

Black-and-white does not pretend to resemble the world. When the color spectrum is transformed into a gray scale, there is an immediate departure from the conventional appearance of things, asking us to focus on the meaning, and bringing us closer to a world of surrealism. 

A good photograph should be implicit and enigmatic. The content may reveal something unrecognizable, yet within the realm of what is familiar. The best photographs are ones that cleanse the eyes and the mind, invoking a new interpretation time and time again.

Photographers should transgress the limits of our ignorance within the mundanities of daily life. By intentionally framing the world to record a piece of space-time, they reconstruct a reality that is often overlooked. The job of a camera is to transform reality into a picture. The job of a photographer is to give that picture multiple interpretations, and provide viewers such visual opportunities.

The cliché images that appear on most of the postcards, desktop screens and calendars usually allow a narrow and expected interpretation- it is beautiful! But what you see is what you get. Those pictures are a 'high-definition' version of the world through our own eyes. The true beauty of a photograph comes from the viewer's imagination and deep deliberation of the photographic content. 

Ie-Ming Shih 2018

對我而言,攝影將我們帶到了一個從未見過、經歷過、甚至想像過的新時空,但實際上,照片上所呈現的 “決定性時刻”,是真的曾經發生了。這就是讓攝影充滿了詩意。

與傳統的藝術家不同,攝影師從不發明或構建藝術內容 - 這是一個發現時刻的旅程,也是攝影者向觀眾對視覺體驗的重新詮釋。

攝影的實踐類似於釣魚。攝影者需要知道在何時何地去等待,預測這時刻的來臨。也就是一種獨特等待藝術的練習。但是,當魚網取代魚鉤時,人們會發現釣魚就不那麼令人興奮。同樣地,一連串的自動拍攝或是導演式,類似舞台攝影,則犧牲了攝影所非常珍貴的本質。

黑白攝影並不會去假裝與世界相似。當色譜變成灰度時,就會立即背離傳統的外觀,要求我們專注於影像的原始意義,讓我們更接近超現實主義的世界。

一張好照片應該含蓄而神秘。內容可能會揭示出一些無法識別的東西,但卻在熟悉的領域內。最好的照片是每次觀賞的時候都有不同的感覺,一次又一次地導引我們對其內容新的解釋。

攝影師應該在日常生中挑戰我們無知的極限。通過有意識地構建世界,來記錄一段時空,重建了一個經常被忽視的現實。相機的工作是將現實轉化為圖片。攝影師的工作是給予該圖片多種解釋,並為觀眾提供新視覺機會。

大多數明信片,桌面屏幕和日曆上出現的圖像,通常只允許狹隘和預期的解釋 - 它很漂亮!就這樣而已!但你所看到的就是你得到的。這些照片是我們自己眼中的“高清”版本。照片的真正美感,其實來自於觀眾的想像力和對攝影內容的深刻思考。