Alt - Reshaping Reality
Graduation project from Master of Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven, 2017

Photography surrounds us like never before. The sheer volume of images is unprecedented as we share our photos online in a constant stream on social media. Yet, for Yen-An Chen, these images seem to tell only a single story, presenting a one-sided take on the world. “It’s all the same, so people are no longer curious about what they see. They think the pictures portray reality, without giving it any further thought,” he says.

With Documenting Reality, Yen-An encourages people to question what is shown. The lenses are made to distort, blur and pixelate the image. You’re not given the whole picture. This incomplete information in unpredictable formats is a wake-up call, a challenge to open our eyes and see the image for what it is: an individual interpretation. And photographers too are invited to consider what they want to reveal before they point and shoot. Because photography remains a powerful medium when used as a tool for reflection.

Design Academy Eindhoven, Project by YenAn Chen, Alt-Reshaping Reality, Photo by Femke Rijerman, 2017

Alt - Reshaping Reality

Alt - In the wood

Project by YenAn Chen
Directed by | YenAn Chen
Camera Operator | Lydia Chang, YenAn Chen
Original Music | Sophie Lu
Casting by | Antonin Comestaz, Marco Cagnoni
Choreographer | Antonin Comestaz
Leather Design | Louiz7

Special Thanks
Adriaan de Man, Alexandre Humbert, Ana Lisa O'Brien,
André Wiersma, ChiaHung Lin, Ishtar Hsu,
Jie Chen, Luuk Visser, Mark Henning,
PeiYing Lin, SungEun Kim, YuTzu Huang