Space Project 2088 by Jack Yong.
My primary influence of this project is Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, the first Malaysian individual to travel to space. He made a statement that resonated with me till today which was: “I looked out through the tiny window – and there it was, the unmistakable third rock from the sun we call earth, floating in the inky darkness of space. It was more beautiful that I could have imagined. My heart felt like it had stopped beating and my eyes didn’t even blink. I just looked in awe, amazed by the beauty of space. The moment was worth dying for.”
That statement did not only triggered my inner childhood passion of going to space but to refocus my thoughts on what it is to observe space beyond a spatio-temporal dimension of reality.
Looking up to the sky makes me wonder, what would it be like to photograph the deep equivocal space….an endless void of dark and bright matters. My understanding of the celestial space lies above my head, guided by the abundance of photographs captured by sophisticated satellites and astronomical machines.
My personal fascination of astronomy and obsession of traveling to space was dismissed by limitations, hence enforcing a distance that allowed me to reinterpret and engage a process of alternative vision. My periphery of view is shifted to a much familiar landscape and gravity – simultaneously re- channeling my obsession of astronomy to an epistemological foundation. These series of photographs reminds us not just of the representation of these machines as functional objects – but an extensive reinterpretation of “space” on Earth.
Jack Yong’s photographs traverse amongst the disparate environments, fragmented nature and the duality of nature – culture dichotomy. Based in Malaysia, Jack explores the contrasts and contradictions of the delicate balance within urban life and expand the wonder of both natural and constructed elements in contemporary environment as a central focus in his artistic endeavours. He documents this permanent quest of transcendence as deviant documentary observations where the apparent objectivity interweave with semantic ambiguity.
all images and text © Jack Yong