3cm is Yung Cheng Lin, a photographer from Tainan, Taiwan whose work focuses on body manipulation, the female form, and visuals that can be both beautiful and gory at the same time. His photography tends to examine the topics of sexuality, birth, maturity, fragility, and often feature surreal compositions. These stunning images mixed with blood, hair, and skin compel and disturb viewers at the same time. We spoke to him recently about the themes behind his work.
Neocha: Can you tell us about how you first got into photography, and what you studied or did previous to that? Was there anything in particular that set you off on the path of photography? What are some of your biggest influences in life, or in the way that you approach your art?
3cm: In art school, I studied fine arts and related subjects. Photography to me was easier to control, and I could quickly see the results onscreen. After I graduated, working took up most of my time, and left less time for painting and sculpture, so eventually that was replaced by digital mediums. In the past few years I’ve mainly focused on my own creative photography.
Neocha: You work with mostly women in your photography. Is there a significance to that?
3cm: The traditional perception of women is that they are very fragile and elegant beings. The idea of that, alongside the topics I tend to explore, often relates to females and femininity. These things cohesively comes together to form into my work, which I then present to viewers for their own interpretation.
Neocha: Birth, pain, sexuality, intimacy, rot, and disease seem to be referenced in your work. What draws you to these themes, if they are indeed there? How do you come up with your ideas and concepts?
3cm: Social structures can contain a lot of gender inequality, unequal distribution and stratification, blind and senseless gender norms. These have all been a part of my life and experience.
In my ongoing series Red Line, I explore people’s belief in religion: is it real or is it imagined? The red line in the images represents faith, the pursuit of marriage, also bearing witness to sacrifices made in the name of love. How does a mere red line help someone reach salvation, and is it real? The feeling of pain is the first thing that I want viewers to see. The feeling of loneliness and lack of love is something I’m playing with between the photographer and the viewer, kind of an interesting twist on interactive feedback.
I love reading poetry. The words form a fantasy world, which I then combine with my real life experiences to create my work. Ancient poetry often provides me new ideas to make more complex images.
Neocha: What is your work process like, in terms of idea creation, posing, casting, and technical detail? Do you shoot only with one kind of camera? Is there a lot of post-production involved? Do you mainly shoot in controlled environments or venture out to public spaces?
3cm: I usually shoot with quite simple equipment: only one camera, with minimal equipment and people. Before shooting, I have a sketch of how I want the image to be, so that I can communicate to the model and know what to do for post-production. But usually, I shoot it just the way I want it to be and don’t add much during post-production.
I like to shoot both indoors and outdoors – both kinds of environments can give me unexpected effects, which I think is good.
Neocha: 從創意靈感、姿勢、選角以及技術等細節上來講，你的工作流程是怎樣的？你是否只是用一種相機？會不會有大量後期工作？你會比較傾向於在可控的環境中工作還是去公共區域來些即興發 ？
Neocha: What are you currently working on and what are you looking forward to in the future?
3cm: I plan to create visuals based on the text from the book Lover’s Discourse. Also I hope to collaborate in different projects with others artists or brands in the future. Maybe mixing together different mediums to create something fun.