Image above: RongRong, Beijing East Village 1995 No. 43 (Zhang Huan, Ma Liuming “The Third Contact”), Photograph, 1995. Courtesy of RongRong.
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I was a twenty-two year-old college graduate when I made my first art acquisition. The three black-and-white photographs I purchased featured vistas of Yosemite National Park in Northern California, echoing the elegance of an Ansel Adams’ landscape. I had acquired them from a fellow student on the campus of my university in Los Angeles and, whilst the price was high, particularly for a recent graduate, it was not unreasonable. The largest of the three prints, and still my favorite to this day, is the image of Yosemite’s half dome where the immense flat side of the rock façade slices through the picture plane in white brilliance, while the darkness of its surrounding shadows envelop the landscape...Read the full article in the printed issue. Get OVER Journal 2