Culture, Chicken Feet And Conical Hats
By Peter Wong
The “Cultures” are those of Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Malaysia. “Chicken Feet” represents the taste and smells of the food and the colorful lifestyles of the people throughout the enchanting lands. And “Conical Hats?” If you are a photographer or someone who loves to travel and to experience the people and the land, they are a symbol of the evocative imagery that is available on just about every street corner.
I have been leading many photography enthusiasts on my workshops to Southeast Asia for a few years now. We capture the daily lives of the people, their foods, their activities and their culture. These images in my exhibit are some of the highlights of those adventures.
Through my cultural upbringing and background, I have lived my subjects’ lives. In my work, I am striving to capture the fundamental qualities that time and distance have caused me to forget.
My art demands that the heart and mind look past the obvious differences and to understand my subjects’ lives, in how and where they live. Whether my subjects are old or young, attractive or weathered from toiling in the rice fields, in chaotic and bustling cities or peaceful countryside, they compel us all to stop and look and understand that we are all striving to achieve happiness
It is my hope to inspire and educate those who view my work so that they might examine the world more closely, to empathize and to feel what is familiar as much as unfamiliar, through the people and places captured in each image.
I am holding a show, Culture, Chicken Feet And Conical Hats, to exhibit these images. The show will be at the Anderson Center (http://www.andersoncenter.org) in Red Wing, Minnesota. It will be there from February 2nd, through March 30th, 2018. Opening night reception is on February 2nd, from 7-9 pm. I will be at the gallery from 11am-5pm every Saturday in February (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th).
Thank you and hope to see you at my show.