Chuang was born in Madou, Tainan in 1976. He graduated from the Department of Mass Communication, Tamkang University. Chaung has been a professional photographer since his graduation. He currently works as the Convener of the Photography Section of Taiwan Panorama Magazine. He has won many photography awards, including National Geographic International Photo Contest, Cross-Strait Photo-Journalism Award, and Taiwan Press Photo Contest. His works were exhibited in Taiwan, China, the U.S. and Malaysia. These exhibitions include: Trick or Treat: Taipei Dome Collective Creation Project (2017), Cross-strait Photography on World Expo Exhibition (2010), Taiwan Revealed: Taiwan Panorama Magazine Photography Exhibition (2006).
#Madou x Home
As a person who grew up, work and live his entire life in Northern Taiwan, Madou, where I was born, has always been a distant and vague image of home. Ever since my father got me my first camera in high school, I started taking pictures of Madou.
I usually returned to Madou every Chinese New Year and Tomb Sweeping Day. As family members grew old and came to their last days in life, I would drive back to Madou to bid them farewell.
“Photography is the past; it is memory and it is a dream.” - Roland Barthes
Every glorious moment will face its ending. I try to fight against time with my camera, to capture the proof of existence. Will I turn into Sisyphus, sighing about the ever-falling boulder?
When I was still a child, I used to roam around Madou neighborhood with a bamboo stick, eager to discover new things like in an adventure. Many years later, as I picked up the camera to record my hometown, I discovered a nostalgic ambience in the photos as they develop in the darkroom. Looking at the photos, I could still remember the child that I once was.