John Clang and family
Using a Webcam, the photographer and visual artist made live recordings of his family, transmitted the images via Skype and projected them into his New York living space. His wife, Elin Tew, then photographed him next to his virtual clan for a modern-day take on an old tradition.
Formal family portraits, often snapped in a studio, are common in Singapore, and Clang says he wanted to find a creative way to preserve the practice for the many Singaporean families separated when members, like him, go to live and work abroad.
"This is how families, dis(membered) through time and space, can be re(membered) and made whole again through the use of a third space, a site that is able to reassemble them together within the photographic space that we call a family portrait," Clang says in an artist's statement.
June 28, 2012 9:29 AM PDT
Photo by: John Clang
| Caption by: Leslie Katz
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