Rona Chang: Moving Forward, Standing Still

In support of this year’s New Works Photography Fellowship Award Exhibition and to share the work of this year’s photographers with the online community, En Foco partners with juror and creator Andy Adams to highlight their work in a series of  blog posts. For more information, preview the exhibition catalog. Part 3 of 5.


Play, Lensvik, Norway, Moving Forward, Standing Still series, 2010 © Rona Chang

The world moves forward at a dizzying pace, each of us audience to the moments that materialize before our eyes. One of the pleasures of photography is its power to pause time, to create a memory of something before it disappears. For the past 10 years, fellowship winner Rona Chang has been making photographs of her travels with an attentive eye on human interaction with the natural world. Chang’s Moving Forward, Standing Still is an ongoing series of landscapes that explores themes of architectural infrastructure, urban sprawl, and industrial activity. Like a street photographer, she waits for moments to fill the frame, capturing commonplace glimpses of the everyday: workers repairing the Colosseum in Macau, swimmers playing in a spring pool in the mountains of Oaxaca, an outdoor shaving business on the river banks of Wuhan. Observing from a space outside the focus of activity, Chang’s photographs reflect a unique combination of conceptual order and practical chaos. Though sometimes appearing staged, her careful compositions are entirely improvised, recalling classical paintings. Chang’s pictures bear witness to her experience as a traveler and remind each of us—no matter our time and place in the world—to be still for a moment of quiet reflection.


Gambling, Yulong River, Guangzhou, China, Moving Forward, Standing Still series, 2006 © Rona Chang


Coal Shack, Yangtze River, China, Moving Forward, Standing Still series, 2006 © Rona Chang


Kite Siblings, Cholula, Mexico, Moving Forward, Standing Still series, 2010 © Rona Chang


Men Working, TGDP, Yichang, China, Moving Forward, Standing Still series, 2006 © Rona Chang

Rona Chang is the recipient of En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards, an annual program selecting three or more U.S. based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a national call for entries. The New Works program helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area. More about her on her En Foco Photographers page and at

Rona’s work is on view as part of New Works #14, at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn, through July 1, 2011. Please join us Thursday, April 28, 6-8 pm for the opening reception and Saturday, April 30, 2-4 pm for the artist talk. Rona will also lead the Photographing Your Neighborhood workshop for youth on Saturday, May 7, 1-3 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

Andy Adams is the founder and editor of, a contemporary photography website that celebrates the culture of image-making by promoting the discovery of artists from around the world. An online art space + photography publication, the site provides opportunities for a global community of artists and photo organizations to share new series work, book projects, and gallery exhibitions with a web-based photography audience. More about him at

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