Photographs Echo Traditional Chinese Paintings

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.

Don Hong-Oai's profile on Gallery 71
Don Hong-Oai Flickr set

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Comment by sAm on January 10, 2012 at 4:47pm

Spectacular, especially the last photo.

Comment by RIch Hall on January 9, 2012 at 12:38pm

@Eugene. I love it! Much better headline speak than mine.

Comment by Eugene on January 9, 2012 at 12:02pm

@Rich. Thanks for catching that. We've edited the title to make it more accurate of the piece.

Comment by RIch Hall on January 9, 2012 at 11:42am

These are amazing. But the title is misleading. "Magnificent photographs of China incorporate traditional motifs and calligraphic elements" would be more accurate.

Comment by Jani Buni on January 9, 2012 at 9:32am


Comment by Alexander Mzhavia on January 9, 2012 at 8:35am



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