Dust, in general, is not a wanted element. We’ve invented a wide array of cleaning products just so we could get rid of these tiny particles in the air—which, besides not looking good, actually causes illness in some people and even damages electronics. However, as annoying and inconvenient as it is (and besides being associated with uncleanliness), dust is also associated with time, and hence is an important visual symbol. In his series, which is simply named Dust, Contender Ujin Lee explores the possibilities of the fine (but not refined) matter.
Dust_2 Bypass, 2010 by Ujin Lee
Although how the images were created is not revealed, we could only imagine the technical challenges involved in capturing these explosive dust clouds and getting the aesthetics right. Lee writes in his statement:
[I aim] to seek insight to understand the meaning of one’s life through [this] work, and [I’m] always questioning whether it can be possible to have an emotive or meaningful visual experience that can sustain our spirit and soul in today’s world. Transitioning from commercial work to a more artistic direction, the Dust series is a collaborative project with Tom Edwards, in an ongoing series that has, at its heart, the ephemeral nature of life.
Dust_3 Site, 2010 by Ujin Lee
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee attended the New South Wales College of Fine Arts and Design School. Now based in Sydney, Lee has a background in commerical design, media and photography.