PHOTOGRAPHY

East of Eden  2002-2013

Boywithplane
Boywithplane
Baptism
Baptism
BigBoy
BigBoy
At Play
At Play
Boy in Tree
Boy in Tree
Girl leaning
Girl leaning
Four Boys
Four Boys
Couple Walking Home
Couple Walking Home
Duck Pond
Duck Pond
GirlSleeping
GirlSleeping
Girlbytheriver
Girlbytheriver
PrettyBoy
PrettyBoy
Circle
Circle
Asleep
Asleep
Chicken
Chicken
Tinysoldier
Tinysoldier
Boyinwater
Boyinwater
2Angels
2Angels
Girlinwood
Girlinwood
MekongFlight
MekongFlight

Eden/Vietnam 2005-2011

My Eden 2011-2013

Epiphany
Epiphany
A Walk Home
A Walk Home
Mountain Fire
Mountain Fire
Snipers
Snipers
Trophy
Trophy
Three Graces
Three Graces
Backyard
Backyard
Marching Band
Marching Band
Lotus Pond
Lotus Pond
Remembrance
Remembrance
Lazy Boy
Lazy Boy
Swordmen
Swordmen
Ring Around
Ring Around
Pumpkin Field
Pumpkin Field
Nomad
Nomad
In the Garden
In the Garden
Girl in Mekong
Girl in Mekong
Paris
Paris
Puddle
Puddle
Shopping Kart
Shopping Kart

East of Eden 2002-2006

OTHER

  East of Eden began in the United States as a series of large, staged, color, narrative photographs that question the historical depiction of the American landscape as the Garden of Eden.  The historical strategy of utilizing the landscape as a metaphor for nationalism and optimism provides the background for my visual thesis.  Initially I was interested in looking at our contemporary American landscape as the Garden of Eden and re-framing it from the post-September 11th perspective.  These photographs in East of Eden dealt with humanity in the context of the post-apocalyptic landscape.  Since  In 2005, I began to travel throughout Vietnam to continue working on my visual thesis both in a landscape that bears the physical scars of the war, and with the people that have lived and survived its horrors.


   Entitled East of Eden: Vietnam, this chapter became a documentation of  people who were physically maimed by the war that officially ended over thirty years ago. East of Eden: Vietnam was partly inspired by my experience growing up in Vietnam with my brother, an amputee, who lost his right arm while serving as a South Vietnamese soldier in the battlefield of Cambodia. It is was my intention to use the camera to create visual documentations that will serve as a reminder of the horrors of war and also as a proof of the survivors' strength, courage and acceptance.. East of Eden: Vietnam was an attempt to come to terms with my past and to offer those of whom that are violently marked by the war the opportunity to tell their stories.

   While working as a Guggenheim fellow to document Vietnamese war amputees in 2012, I began working on  My East of Eden as a new chapter to my ongoing photographic series East of Eden.  This project is my attempt to reclaim my real and imagined childhood memories and fantasies of growing up in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Beyond serving as the means to tell my stories, I intend for these new images to address issues, such as legacy, hope and regeneration. Working with rural Vietnamese children in school uniforms in the Spring of 2012, I began making portraits and staged photographs reminiscing of the 19th century British landscape paintings where the environment and its inhabitants existed in harmony. Against the backdrop of the once scarred landscape, (My) East of Eden is a celebration of the resilience and beauty of humanity.

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