Chinese Visual Aesthetic for the 21st Century

I have enjoyed oriental art for many years, particularly block prints. However, this work by Yang Yionglang is truly unique. He is attempting to use traditional Chinese aesthetic to interpret modern landscapes. I find the work both beautiful and ironic.

Yang Yionglang's mission is to preserve ancient Chinese aesthetics through modern techniques.
Yang Yionglang’s mission is to preserve ancient Chinese aesthetics through modern techniques.

You can read more about his work in an article in Slate by Jordan G. Teicher.

One rule of composition I learned is “People read an image from left to right”. This rule, in a slightly different form, was reiterated in an article by Guy Tal in the July 2013 issue of Outdoor Photographer. Tal states that this is confirmed by psychological research, but does not cite a source.

I have always wondered: does this rule only apply to western viewers, given that we read left to right? Do Chinese viewers enter images from the right?

Do you think Yionglang’s images support or disprove this rule of composition?

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1 Comment

  1. Beautiful! I agree it’s an interesting question and would guess right to left applies in other parts of the world. This photo would work either way 🙂

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