Human-Flower by Cao Dien

Cao Dien was born and raised up in Vietnam but is now based in the United States studying screenwriting. In Vietnam, Cao did color grade for MVs and short films. He began to take pictures when he studied in high school but that was just for fun.

I grew up and I realized that the things around me is just sophism which people would paint with colors which were not true to the painters’ stated purpose! I decided to find the answer for myself with photography.

My photography style mainly focuses on fine art. My philosophy is "Beauty is not necessarily about the face" and I don’t make a photograph with just a camera. I bring to the act of photography the themes and ideas I see in movies. As Fer Juaristisaid said “Photography is like sex. You know the ending. So how can you make it interesting?” When I am not behind the camera I like to mix brandy, enjoy delicious foods, hear melodious songs and invite my friends to participate in conversations about art, philosophy and Nietzsche.

Flowers are known for their bright splash of color when they bloom. That’s what makes them so appealing. The same goes with us humans. We are appealing by the way we look on the outside; our naked skin, the color of our eyes or even the way our hair is whether it be straight, curly or wavy. In society, people judge each other by how we appear on the outside. No one really takes notice or cares about what’s on the inside, because what triggers a person to come up to another person, to try to “know” them, is by how they look. Looks matter, no matter how many times people say it doesn’t, it certainly does; the reason why women spend so much money on makeup and skincare, and men spending money on hair products and shaving creams. That’s how life was created. That’s why flowers grow to have such bright colors, to attract bees for pollination. The roots of the flowers are what allow them to grow up being so healthy and strong, but no one really take notice about what goes on underground, very much similar to how personalities go. Everything on the inside is important of course, but it isn’t what necessarily creates appeal, that attraction to one another, even though that’s what makes someone who they are and how they look like on the outside. What makes people stronger is something hidden away deep down inside. No one really knows why people are the way they are until they choose to dig down into the ground and find out.

You know, we love to look at the beauty in flowers or judge people by the way they look, but we don't see underneath the flower where the roots are the main thing that makes a flower beautiful just like how the roots are the same as what's inside a person. The inside of a person is what makes the outside even more beautiful.

All photos by Cao Dien