“Raw Soul”, Yehlin Lee’s photobook debut, consists of photographs taken between 2011 and 2017. The deeply colourful images — each a strong, sensitive photograph that fascinates on its own — add up to form a carefully observed portraiture of his hometown Taiwan.
I find Yehlin Lee’s book “RAW SOUL” very exquisite and full of fine meaning. Every selected photograph is self-sufficient, but gathered in a book the pictures gain their own rhythm and flow. Stfraight from the first page you set your foot on a path paved by the author. Yehlin Lee lures us into his game, inviting us to discover similarities between neighboring photographs. Semantic associations are sometimes followed by visual ones. The book keeps you in such a poetic tension that you want to contemplate it again and again.
— Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Magnum Photographer
This body of work was taken between 2011 and 2017. Feeling unfamiliar towards my homeland - Taiwan, I found myself wandering around corners of the city, mostly when the nights had fallen. I didn’t know exactly what kinds of photos I wanted to take. And yet, what attracted me was a certain suppressed force of life, the spiritual intensity behind people, things, and the landscapes.
In my creative process over the years, I first learned how to listen, and then how to look. The difference between the two sensory experiences is that looking is more constrained by one’s own intentions. We only see what we want to see, and follow what we are capable of seeing. But one cannot escape from listening. The only thing one can do about listening is unconditional acceptance. The difference between the two senses is like that between employing a spotlight and using a sonar.
This mindset continues to influence my way of looking. Like a submarine, I wait for the inner background noise to quiet down. To simply feel without bearing any intention. To open to the unexpected. To remain silent and dive within and beyond the collective consciousness of the Taiwanese. The "Taiwanese-ness" unknown to us may be contained in this chaos and confusion.
I savour this confusion in the dark. When sound is heard from within, I click the shutter.
— Gueorgui Pinkhassov, 馬格南攝影師
李岳凌 1976 生於台灣台北。自2001年起投身聲音藝術創作，2011年開始自學攝影。他將攝影視為趨近自我原始感知的練習，去意識到原有的慣性觀看方法，並試圖超越之。他的攝影與聲音作品，曾在歐洲、北美、日本及台灣展演。首本攝影集《Raw Soul》 於2017年由日本出版社「赤々舎」出版。