Jung-Te Hwang Photography Solo Exhibition

May 17 - June 30, 2017

Jung-Te Hwang’s latest exhibition, “Kenya’s Awe-Inspiring Safari Migration”, portrays the journey of wildlife traversing the unforgiving African wilderness as they struggle to survive under the harsh regime of the rules of natural selection. Through Mr. Hwang’s lens, we are treated to a visual feast portraying moments both perilous and touching ­– each more breathtaking than the last – while evoking feelings ranging from astonishing surprise to deep affection.

The exhibit features one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world – Kenya’s annual wildlife migration season. Vast plains grassland spans the horizon, serving as the habitat for various animal species. Located at the equator, Kenya’s tropical savanna climate undergoes distinct wet and dry seasons. In order to survive through the dry season, a large-scale migration occurs as the local wildlife forages in search of sufficient food and water.

Host to this sensational natural phenomenon, the Serengeti National Park and the adjacent Maasai Mara National Preserve attract over a million wildebeests and tens of thousands of zebras and gazelles during the migration period. From July to September, tourists flock to the area in hopes of catching an exciting glimpse of nature taking its course - a chance ti witness animals battling for mating rights and territory, or to experience the thrill of adrenaline as the animals fearlessly cross crocodile infested waters. through the various trails and tribulations during this ling life or death journey, we are able to fully appreciate the bravery and intelligence of the safari's wildlife.

肯尼亞位於赤道附近,屬於熱帶草原氣候,草原面積廣闊,野生動物豐富,種群龐大,乾溼分明,水草條件季節差異大,跨南北半球分布。因南北半球乾濕季相反,動物遷徙於兩個半球,可獲得充足的水草保障,因此為南半球和北半球的熱帶草原的動物遷徙的中轉站。

其中賽倫蓋比國家公園與相連的馬塞馬拉自然保護區之浩瀚草原,因季節風帶來與雨水滋潤的綠草如茵,引來草食性動物的集體遷徙覓食,每年超過一百萬頭黑尾牛羚、數萬頭斑馬和瞪羚,上演著古老的節奏韻律,進行著無可避免的生命週期。

首先有三個星期的瘋狂行動,爭奪交配權與領域,每年長達40公里的隊伍,將經過鱷魚出沒的水域,於每年七、八、九月冒著生命的危機依著目標(草原)、跨過河流,勇往地遷徙直至草原所在地。 

這次在非洲曠野的動物遷徙拍攝,主要在記錄廣大的野生動物在弱肉強食下,於曠野中求生的掙扎情景以及其大無畏精神,和動物間極其自然和偉大的親情相處情景,使人感動又震撼。

 
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