© Rona Chang 2014

The Hold Over Water

Born in Taiwan, I spent my childhood on the overcrowded island that is well aware of its limited natural resources, particularly water. I grew up fishing with my dad at man-made fishing ponds, going to the local dam (which happened to be a big one), and living in an area affected by devastating floods from summer typhoons. Taiwan is a little country with lots of dams, which are places of public recreation, unlike the U.S., where many dams seem to be sealed off. Aware of the many water issues, I began photographing parched riverbeds and dams in 1999.

I am impressed by the sheer volume of water that a dam can hold, the resulting void downstream, and the long geometric curve that can make up a dam's form. The idea that humans engineer their landscapes to alter river courses and the flow of nature has always held me in awe. The images that comprise this body of work speak of my fascination with the temporary power man can hold over water.



















The images are printed 24 x 20 in. as digital chromogenic prints in an edition of 10.

 
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Fog Lifting, Laudat, Dominica.
 
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Reservoir Drain, Miaoli, Taiwan.
 
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In Between, Gezhouba, Yichang, China.
 
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Waterway, Plover Cove, Hong Kong.
 
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Snake, Laudat, Dominica.
 
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Water Falling, Jokuldalur, Iceland.
 
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Three Gorges Dam Locks, Yichang, China.
 
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Spillway, Plover Cove, Hong Kong.
 
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Lock, Hakone, Japan.
 
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Ratchaprapha Dam, Surat Thani, Thailand.
 
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Clouds Lifting, Shihmen Dam, Dasi, Taiwan.
 
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Pour, Shihmen Dam, Dasi, Taiwan.
 
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Dam, Miaoli, Taiwan.
 
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Amawalk Dam, New York, USA.
 
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Dry Bed, New Jersey, USA.
 
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Dry River Bed, Dasi, Taiwan.
 
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Towers, Nevada, USA.
 
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Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA.
 
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West Baray, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
 
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Opening, Siem Reap, Cambodia.