I proposed that my project would be based in the deserts and the land that contains layers of history. The land is always changing but there is some very fundamental truths that never change and that is what I wanted to concentrate on.
The communities that have shaped the land are different, from Jerusalem to Bedouin society… The land is different – its climates – but it is the people who live there that make the diversity of the land. But there are landscapes such as the mountains and the hills along the West Bank to Nazareth that are very spiritual. It’s not purely determined by nature, there are always fragments of life and what has been left there, just enough to feel what has gone on there.
What I am searching for in my photographs is something about the life. It’s about the solitary state of being human. Life changes on the surface, like an ocean. You have the constant movement of water on the surface but deep down, at the core, there is no movement.
On the final trip it was more… how can I say? You know the Buddhist term ‘nirvana’? It was as if I had finally let go of my aversions and delusions and could draw on something much more fundamental. It’s like ice becoming water; it was no longer solid, it spread like water. Maybe that isn’t noticeable for anyone else; it’s a very delicate notion.
– Jungjin Lee
Each day, L’Oeil de la Photographie will present to you a series by a photographer.
From February 12 to June 5th, 2016
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11238