“Il faut qu'il y ait une nécessité, sinon il n'y a rien du tout.” ~ Gilles Deleuze “There must be a necessity, otherwise there’s nothing at all.” ~ Gilles Deleuze
Hao’s work often raises questions about the ways of seeing, and the relation between the innate characters of photography and his subject.
In his award winning project, “Le Mécanisme Répétitif,” he regards photography as a repetitive practice: every single day at the same time, he went back to the same spot in the same train station. With the same framing, he limited himself to one exposure per day, on the exact same piece of film; accumulating day after day, to complete one single multi-exposure photograph. This series of photos explore the boundaries between illusion and reality, by nesting layers of daily scenes within scenes, repeating the differences, and differentiating the repetitions.
Hao is the first Taiwanese photographer to join Global Imaging Ambassadors. With his ongoing project “In the Marble,” he blurs the concept of a usual timeline, and contemplates a halted construction project with an archaeological point of view.
About / Biography
Hao Li is a Taiwanese photographer, currently based in Taipei. His work has been exhibited internationally and won several awards, including 1st prize of Taiwan International Visual Arts Center’s Photography Award, 2nd prize in Conceptual Category of Sony World Photography Awards, and Top 20 Chinese Cutting-Edge Contemporary Photographer. In 2016, his work “Le Mécanisme Répétitif” has been permanently collected by Kiyosato Museum, Japan.
Describe the moment you knew photography changed your life.
Photography changed my life gradually, I don’t think I’ve fully understood photography; it’s an ever-evolving art form. Every single step of discovering and exploring new possibilities about it is a life changing experience for me.
If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
For me, photography is about raising more questions, stimulating different thoughts and discussions, and exploring the possibilities of the medium itself. Thus, it is rather difficult to sum up my works with words.
What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
Very often, it’s not the person/place/thing itself that I find the most remarkable. The things that fascinate me are the things behind them, the things that do not show in the pictures, the things that lead them to become what they are at the moment. That is why I photograph them.
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
The unknown, the uncertainty, the unspeakable…
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
Cinema and music always inspires me, I used to be a drummer when I was younger, love to create my own music/sound. So if I’m not a photographer, I’ll probably start creating music and films. In fact, in today’s world, photography, music and films has a lot of mutual correlationship.
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors programme?
It’s a very passionate programme, a lot of amazing artists from around the world, full of incredible projects and ideas, I feel really honored and well supported, looking forward to more opportunities and collaborations.
What is your favourite Sony camera of the moment (explain why)?
Probably the A7RII, it’s compact yet very powerful. It can do many different things, and do them extremely well. It has become a pretty mature system; I’m able to put on some compact lenses for daily shooting, or pick up a large aperture lens for professional works, it’s really versatile.
Sony Carl Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8
Sony 50mm f/1.4
Hasselblad Carl Zeiss CF 60mm f/3.5
Velbon Ultrek UT-50 Tripod