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Photography is a timeless visual art form that can capture momentary elements and turn them into everlasting images. A camera is not just a tool to record images, it is also a paintbrush used to artfully express the photographer’s thinking and creativity.


Nature is full of beauty, and everyone likes beautiful photographs. However, turning an obviously beautiful sight into an eye-catching, memorable image is always a great challenge to photographers. To me, this requires a sophisticated aesthetic sense, keen observation, long technical and artistic training, self-motivation, and tireless brainstorming.

I strongly believe in the uniqueness of my own vision, inquisitive mind, integrity, and careful cultural training. Whenever possible, I strive to create the artistic image of nature's wonder.


About
Charles C. Lai
(C) 929-264-9361


Born in 1949, in Taiwan
Occupation: Retired Surgeon in Taiwan

Formal Training
New York Photography Institute, Graduated in 1996

Affiliations
Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in Great Britain
Fellow of the Chinese Photographic Society
Fellow of the Taiwan Photographic Society
Fellow of the Taipei Photographic Society
Fellow of the Tainan Photographic Society
Member of the society of worldwide ethnic Chinese photographers

Awards and Distinctions
Third prize, Canon Annual Photography Contest in U.S.A., 1998
Grand prize, Tainan Cultural Center Exhibition, 1997
Silver medal, AGFA Photography Contest in Taiwan, 1996
Grand prize, Tainan Art Research Convention 47th Annual Contest, 1995
Grand prize, Tainan County Art Contest, 1995

Exhibitions
Taipei Sun Yi-Shien National Memorial Hall, 2005
Tainan Cultural Center, 2006
Taichung Ta-Dun Cultural Center Gallery, 2006
Artscape in Arboretum, Dallas, 2007
Eisemann Center in Dallas, 2007
Eisemann Center in Dallas, 2008
14th street Gallery in Dallas, 2008
Mary Karam Gallery in Denison, 2008
Eisemann Center in Dallas, 2009
Forrest and Virginia Green-Mezzanine Gallery, 2010

Publications
An Autumn Banquet, 2005
Ode to the winter, 2007

Website: www.photolai.com
Email: charles2829@gmail.com



Artist's statement

Over the course of one’s life, a single event can influence a person’s values for over a decade. My introduction to photography was a case in point. Twenty years ago, my immune system had deteriorated from my ruthless lifestyle as a busy surgeon, and I developed a severe disease similar to lung cancer. Suddenly, I realized that health was more valuable than fame and wealth. I started looking for a hobby that could offer both mental and physical exercise in a relaxed way. I chose photography because it is an art form that can capture momentary visual element and turn them into everlasting images. I try to recreate the image lingering in my mind and to convey the essence of my vision by using different techniques. Some of my images tend to be abstract and thus, they allow my viewers more freedom for their own interpretations of nature-related themes.

Light always is the hidden language of the soul, and is the representation of God & the essence of all life it touches. For the landscape photographer, capture the image at the optimum moment in perfect light, and all will be well.


By Charles C. Lai


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