Na Seung Yull, the photographer, especially takes the image of the musicians who engage in the form of aural art among the various fields in photo. In some way, both the photographer and the painter just want to make the moment that an object accept itself as a subject because of its beauty into their own rather than give a ‘eternity’ to a pure object. This is a process that gives an eternity in a moment of notion but there is meaningful in the work itself. So it feels the passing delight when he/she presses the camera shutter, and that moment can enjoy him/herself as the artist-independence frame without a subject.
Photo is an adequate medium to snap many situations. Unlike drawing, you don’t have to struggle long time these convenient today. You can photograph directly and make it be an image and own it to save in your device or a computer. The Photo-Play, which exclude developing-printing process like a darkroom work, is been a really convenient tool and a memory both. Still, owning the photo in physically as the drawing which in a frame that has an exclusiveness to hang on a wall is a best way to love fiercely the medium as for photo. And also, the photo is a good decoration nowadays which has many beauty houses to make up. Among them, when it comes to the work that the photographer shoot awfully nice picture, it is not strange to have a desire to get it. When I see the photo which is polishing and having quite a few of aura, there is an impulse to hang it on the piece of my room. I can’t shake off the attraction the one fascinating photo than pretty paintings.
Camera is a very ordinary tool and photographing is being a too normal action. People who are fascinated by a camera itself or the photo club are here and there. There are so many people wearing a good camera if there isn’t a common tourist spot. Because of the developed technology, the camera itself hold a special fascination.
Only few times ago, it was impossible to take a photo especially in the place like a concert hall. However, in recent days, camera on cell phone is being a means of essential device to evaluate the goods. So taking photo in a concert hall becomes too much deserving story. The audience watches the show by a camera and sees and feels the musician’s passion by a camera.
You know what?... Na Seung Yull is a professional photographer taking photos in a concert hall. If you see his picture, you’ll perceive that it can never be same with photos captured by an amateur’s. That’s the true photographer working with a highly efficiency DSLR cam in a real show stage. I can feel myself finding ability boiling in my deep heart without excuse when I see his awe-inspiring photos in his Facebook. I even feel like a drink! WTF?
I don’t know what it is, there is something mysterious fearful just like psychographs in his photo. He is not just snapping musician and limited by that subject, but capturing kind of a sprit-this is making me feel a chill-. Talking about the uncomfortable truth about photo, what you capture is make your photo expression’s quality. On the contrary, there are the days when the people think that if he/she is captured by a camera, his/her spirit will be taken away. That time, a subject’s absoluteness was rather pure. This time, I saw several people who think still like that so they reject and feel uncomfortable. They really hate being captured such even surrounding people getting some questions, there was many case that I can’t understand. In close case, my elder brother was. Of course I tried to understand, that was the part that I never comprehend like I have to say “he is weird.”
In the past time, there is a developing-printing work, so in the course of the physical process, it was thought the spirit of the person captured can run away. That process, can be similar with the process that a painter hold the brush, tie up the canvas, and paint it long time. To put it the other way, the process that the painter prepares some art tools and draw something can be the process that the photographer prepares the developing-printing work with pictures captured by him. Reverse that, we can conceive the photo is the work which steal a subject’s spirit in a moment and then inspire that aura like painters’ drawing. If the painters construct the object’s essence with some paint in a long period, perhaps the photographers can’t sleep all night because he has to developing-printing work after stealing the aura.
Once I enter in darkroom, time that I cling to work for it whole night without considering an hour is flashed through on my mind. I thought several times that this is similar with the painting’s essence. Toward the time when I learned photograph, 1/1000sec, 1/250sec which is the momentary instant depended on machine was marvelous, but also I felt this is an uncommon medium because there is a difficulty until developing-printing process which human have to participate directly and thought the photograph made by this process is humane and fascinating medium. Still I’m thinking this is the photo’s essence. Nowadays, you can work with a computer and print it by a large-sized printer using mechanic process in the blink of an eye. So it isn’t same before. But yet, in the state of the past, the darkroom work is a completely different work place in the space and the time, and spend the time of the endurance, therefore, I thought that isn’t total different with painting.
I don’t know about Na Seung Yull’s work process in a material way. Notwithstanding, when I see his artworks as a result, it is same with past that the darkroom work’s importance which the photograph world’s senior talk about is the all of the process that photographers raise themselves, the desperate fight with an image making developing in the small darkroom is the war that break out with chemicals so even don’t know that isn’t good for their body by chemicals, THIS, is the essence of photo, that I can feel process of trouble which has similarity with fruit making by a struggle between himself through and through in his photos. Or, I can feel the sleepwalking phantasm of the person who overcomes another differentness.
This can be the reason, that the moment captured by Na Seung Yull is felt to steal a glance of their aura fixed his camera’s lens. However, making some exaggeration here, the camera which snaps the musician’s performance using that mind isn’t like a general camera. Not mechanic of ‘Camera’, this is another presence connected with organic subordinate relationship, ‘Chimera’. This means, with more exaggeration, there is extreme vibration of the aura by communicating with musicians such the creature which is fused a double-mating monster with the photographer Na Seung Yull and evolve the individual mutation take photos and absorb the aura in his picture. He has an uncommon attitude in photos.
These pictures are not normal.
Their existences are never light
Human beings have a compensation mentality. That is also a wicked mentality which wants compensation and enjoys the overplus whenever you do something. In some way, that is a reasonable condition, but I can’t deny the fact that this condition engages ones identity. But, taking photos isn’t in the same borderland with that compensation. Many artists are addicted by their ‘creation will’, which is included in their DNA; as a result they belonged to their genre augment the range of the art. In the part augmented, artist can enjoy the delight of the compensation. That delight brings the material wealth or is the responsibility which artist has to work faithfully as an honor. However, this person, Na Seung Yull has no idea in this. It is fortune but also misfortune. Because, there is a scar in the past of his lives.
When the late 1990 is in full swing, a young man majoring in sculpture suddenly goes abroad for study in music college, Spain Madrid during his studies. Not the sculpture, But for the classic guitar. This young man practices quite hard, so he completes the course just before of the Masterclass. It isn’t easy that completing before the Masterclass best player course in the center of the classic guitar. However, he is absorbed too much in guitar practice using lots of time. This make his right forefinger paralyzed so he lost his life as a player. As a result, he can’t enter the Masterclass course. (In the classic guitar execution, right hand’s fingering nuance is the important element to express emotions rather than left hand.)
This is the story like some of dramas, movies, or a romance comic. Extreme practice caused misfortune himself, and no fate with the guitar caused the situation that showing half of his talent on the stage because of the phobia. That was the experience that his passion of the art fell down in one second, and even make him want to die who give up the sculpture major extremely painful.
Without hesitation, I didn’t intend exposing his hurting memory but I can’t stand it. I’m not writing about the artist’s spirit who overcomes the fall and despair as like a tear-jerking sob story. Feeling and seeing the performance ringing the a galaxy of musician soul itself, his camera blew up the same frequency in the same reaction-frame like a feedback emitting and appearing, reacted as if they resonant between camera and instrument, the shutter was pressed half-automatically. That finger, which had played the guitar!
In living life, you’ll experience so many happenings. The looks about people living is essentially communication of the ‘human relationship’ which can be called double-way communication, so whatever you intend or not, many cases which is a matter of everyday is surrounded one over another. Whether make something intentional or make by chance, anyway, it is busy to finish up the case-things arisen.
Good thing, bad thing, indifferent thing, hopeless thing, really good thing, or the best thing... Living life has this and that things. Sometimes they rushed at me. There were truly plenty of ups and downs in artist Na Seung Yull’s life. The notion of those complications makes strange compassion.
Self-accusation be compassion, compassion is being a sympathized.
Whatever you do, if the looks that I’m living is mirrored with a pair by someone, maybe you can conclude cause of the error that my looks in present or something moving down. You can see it from your children, or something that you received by your parents is what kind of the part showed myself. Or, you can see it from the object or a large group of people which are never been correspond and feel it from photos or drawings in a moment. Situation reappeared something take care of yourself.
If you want to find the answer, just do reappearance. Retribution always constructs something and finds an emblem by taking to pieces. Perhaps, Na Seung 9Yull’s reappearance will is the work that finds imperfect his incapacity in the photo works as a photographer. This is possible because he is imperfect-body. This is caused most by genetically strain which want to revise his error.
It - is something that has different direction with painting, which works with undercontrol a subject.
A camera and an artist that try to reappear alive situation- the being(présence), and with musicians, never controlled subject, this triangular structure is exposed as it stands on a point(presentness). It is the point that the photographer Na Seung Yull has to report to the viewers, and also the moment that musical purity and artistic purity combined, fuse and evolve to a mutation creature.
In this epoch, the pureness is hard to survive with an individual being. This have to fuse-evolve more than two gene that not something cell-division.
This is not a purity medium as a CAMERA. This is the CHIMERA, which combines DNA pieces originated more than two kind of gene from the same gene.
GAHOEDONG60, Director _ SON ZNOO
 A chimera or chimaera is a single organism (usually an animal) that is composed of two or more different populations of genetically distinct cells that originated from different zygotes involved in sexual reproduction. _Chimera (genetics) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
수많은 음표들이 모여 하나의 아름다운 음악이 되는것 처럼
내가 담아온 수천 장의 사진들 속에서 조화를 찾는 작업을 해 본다.
그것은 사진에서 보여지는 시각적인 조화를 찾는 것 뿐 만이 아니라
그 때의 기억을 더듬어 그들의 음악에서
내가 느꼈던 감정의 어울림을 찾아가는 것이기도 하다.
그렇게 찾은 한 쌍의 사진...
서로 다른 음악과 순간의 기억 이지만 시간이 지난 후에 내가 느꼈던 감동은 음악 속에서 결국 하나라는 생각을 한다.
- 작가노트 중에서, 나승열
Just as countless notes gather to form a beautiful song,
I try to find a way in which two of my thousands of photographs might harmonize.
It isn’t only about seeking the visual harmony shown in the photos,
but also about finding the emotional symmetry buried in the memories of their melodies.
And the pair of photographs there found...
I know now: they had been different songs, and different momentary memories,
but the moving of my heart I had felt long after, was one--in the sense of music.
Artist notes by NAH SEUNG YULL
Conservatorio Joaquin Turina 클래식기타 전공, 마드리드, 스페인
2013 HARMONIZE, 가회동60
2011 연희동 에스프레소 하우스
2011 갤러리 이즈
NA SEUNG YULL
Studied in Department of Sculpture, School of Fine Art, Chung-Ang University, Korea
Majored Classic Guitar, Conservatorio Joaquin Turina, Madrid, Spain
2013, December, HARMONIZE, GAHOEDONG 60
2011, December, Espresso House in Yeonhui-dong
2011, September, Gallery IS