The dynamic work of sculptor Gaylord Ho is instantly recognizable. Emotion oozes from the figures, as they throw their energy into dancerly poses. His female figures twist and twirl, animated and vital. Born in Taiwan, the 66-year-old artist has a fascinating personal history. Growing up as the son of low income farmers, Ho was expected to balance his studies while helping on the rice farm.
The late photographer Don Hong-Oai split his time between San Francisco and his native land of China in his later years, photographing the country in a classic way. Using an old Asian photography technique, Hong-Oai captured stunning scenery with an abundance of elements that echo traditional Chinese paintings.
The artist’s portfolio of work is really a series of mind-blowing trickery. Though they appear to be age-old paintings or ink drawings on long scrolls of parchment, they are, in fact, remarkable photographs. Placing beautifully traditional calligraphy and including time-appropriate motifs (birds, boats, mountains) adds to the illusion of time and age of the images. You can check out a more of Hong-Oai’s incredible photography on Flickr.