Soap Opera by Fang Tong

Fang Tong is a Chinese-born Canadian photographer who currently is living in Vancouver BC. Throughout her career, she has explored many aspects of traditional visual media - specifically oil painting, sculpture, installation art and digital media such as 2D and 3D design, and this has brought Fang great satisfaction. Gradually, she became intrigued with photography. Through the lens, it opens up a great world where Fang finds so much passion.

The soap opera format is a form of performance which most appropriately reflects a current state of life. The stage is always full of charm for me. The stage, with its condensed and slightly rough scene structures, allows people to look forward to the continuation of the scene as a reflection of real life. The roughness of the deliberately constructed backgrounds produces a visually non-authentic effect as well as some symbolic meaning. The beauty of the concentration of life elements is also integrated with some abstract feeling. I have always had a love between the real and surreal, which produces a sense of freedom.

The attempt here is to build the stage as a means of performance, with the camera fixed at the same point of view each time. The camera records each scene, composed of actors and artificial backgrounds in a performance of daily life, forming a cinematic series. The audience is immersed in the scene while at the same time they also seem to be a bystander, slowly seeking their own answers.

All photos by Fang Tong