LCC/Photofusion Award Winner 2014 – Xiaoyi Chen

Each year one student from the MA Photography degree at LCC is awarded the Photofusion Prize, offering them a voucher to use at any of our photographic facilities, ranging from film processing, to darkrooms, to digital scanning and printing.

Photofusion are delighted to be able to announce Xiaoyi Chen as this year’s winner of the award.

Chen’s project ‘Koan’ is made up of black and white abstract landscape photographs invoking a spiritual approach to photography and experience:

“The inspiration for this project comes from ancient wisdom, exploring beneath the surface of things through simplification and abstraction to find hidden truth and the law of nature.”

This reference to Eastern philosophy, particularly the teachings of Tao and Zen, which promote silence, promotes an intuitive approach to photography. The idea that you take time to experience a photograph rather than analyse.

“As Eastern philosophies, Tao and Zen always advise people to stay absolutely quiet and purify thought processes. In order to achieve this goal, our attention should focus on the most basic form of the universe’s existence. Therefore we must connect directly to the image itself, and stay silent to explore spiritual awareness and intuition before the symbolic.”

Each print is produced on a different Japanese paper adding to the mismatch of landscapes and abstract images giving you a journey with a surreal atmosphere.

See more of Chen’s work and to purchase the photobook visit her website: