We collaborated with Ello to find photographers from around the globe with extraordinary work and a unique artistic vision.
The latest feature in our East 8 & Ello collaboration is Johnny Tang!
Photographer: Johnny Tang (@johnnytangphoto)
“The first thing you need to know about this work is that these pictures are of me, but they are not really about me. Instead, these images combine philosophical concepts with a surrealist aesthetic, to build a portrait of how we develop our identities. By juxtaposing contradicting thoughts, actions and/or emotions together in the same frame, these images question which of our actions truly define us.
While the subject of these images are mainly inspired by my western education, especially in postmodern and existentialist philosophies. I draw my visual inspiration from my Asian heritage, such as Chinese scroll paintings or Japanese manga. I find that working in this way, I am able to pay homage to both my cultural backgrounds, as an Asian and an American. This is another multi-faceted and dynamic fusion that my photos work to express; the two different cultural backgrounds that I inhabit coming together to create something new, and something uniquely Asian American. “