Copyright Ina Jang
Author: BJP for iPad
01 Feb 2011 Tags: Appissue01
Korean-born fashion photographer Ina Jang pushes her personal work into the abstract.
Born in Seoul but educated in Tokyo and New York, 29-year-old photographer Ina Jang brings takes an oblique approach to fashion. Shooting still lifes, portraits and sculptures in distinctive pastel tones, she nevertheless considers herself a fashion photographer, and says she intends to keep working in the industry. “I never consider my work to be unrelated to fashion,” she says. “I like to think that it depends on the eye of the beholder.”
Jang was a finalist at the influential Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography this year, and her work has already been published in the New York Times Magazine, and she had a solo show in New York as well, but she’s not resting on any laurels, saying she wants to keep challenging herself. Where her past work was shot on film and captured in natural light, for example, she shot this series of still lifes on a Canon EOS 5D Mk II with a flash, “to learn the benefits of using a digital camera and to engage in a long-term project, since I’ve never been committed to a body of work while I was in school”. The flash helped her achieve a greater degree of flatness to her images, she adds, something that’s central to this as-yet-unnamed project. “I mainly focused on the two-dimensional quality of photography,” she explains.“I wanted to portray elegant simplicity by creating a new shape, deliberately losing a chunk of information in the image.”
It’s appropriate, then, that Jang describes her work as “lighthearted and inquisitive”, adding that curiosity helps drive her projects forward. She was happy to find out there is “room to grow” with both digital capture and working with flash, and says she still has a few more ideas to add to and subtract from this series. “I want to resolve the project,” she says, “[but] I tend to work very slowly. I want to be more patient to create refined images.”
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