But not residents in the scenic fishing village of Tai O. Locals there lead simple lives in what looks like an enchanting world to an amateur photographer. I spent several days taking shots and was rewarded by a sublime sunset.
Later, I set about creating a "Simple is Beautiful" composition from the photos I took in the village. I followed a method used by British artist David Hockney, who is famous for his collages.
At first, I used entire photos to compose a picture. Later, however, I found that cutting the photos into small pieces resulted in a finer and smoother look. I made sure my composition was not only unique but also reflected the atmosphere of Tai O.
The task of sticking the photos onto cardboard proved to be a challenge. I used rubber glue, but it dried too quickly and failed to stick. I had to keep checking to make sure all the photos remained firmly in place. It took me nearly a month to complete my artwork. The process taught me some new tricks about how to do things faster and more effectively.
In addition to the task of creating my work, I had the chance to reflect on its meaning, which I could summarise in an artist's statement.
All these skills will be useful for me when I create new artworks. But best of all, I was satisfied with my work.