Art creation is how I envision the world and define self-recognition. I’m responsible for no one but myself when it comes to crafting artworks. That is the ultimate conclusion I drew after series of self-doubts and contradiction.
This set of photos were taken in January last year. I usually device ideas for my work according to the temperament and the vibe of the model, so I bought a piece of form core board and incorporated it with the glass paper that has been lying deep in my drawer for ages. The outcome was a simple color temperature filter, which later my assistant used during the photoshoot.
In one cold drizzling day, inside a tiny bathroom were three people engaging in a photoshoot. Bo-yu lied in the bathtub filled with still hot water while I stood on the top of the ladder with one of my hands holding against the ceiling. The flashlight of the camera penetrated the color temperature filter held by my assistant; it shinned mesmerizingly.
JAO：What do you do?
Bo-yu：I’m engaged in performance; I act and dance, sometimes, I also sing.
JAO：What was your most unique acting experience?
Bo-yu：There was one time I served as a background dancer in Changsha and all the male dancers were required to wear high heels in the performance. The high heels were extremely high and thin. It was so tough. I really admired female dancers that could handle the high-heels.
JAO：What’s your opinion toward actors that performed naked?
Bo-yu：I have seen quite a few plays and movies that are nudities involved. I think it’s sensational and you have nowhere to hide when performing naked in a live play, however, I really like how the actors present their bodies, which they think it was nothing but natural. It’s simple and pure to reveal oneself in his/her birthday suit. Movies, on the other hand, are drastically different. Your nudity will be exposed to every corner of the world. As an Asian, it takes great confidence to showcase his / her sex organs or breasts in the big screen, while western performers are confident of showing their beauty of their bodies regardless of the size of their sex organs or breasts.
JAO：How did it feel to shoot in the water in the blistering winter?
Bo-yu：It was tormenting! But knowing that the results would turn out marvelous, I know it was worth it. Plus, I was once in the Beijing suburb shooting a summer play in winter. This was merely a piece of cake compared with that.
JAO：Didn’t we put hot water in the bathtub? You still thought it was tormenting?
Bo-yu：Winter in Taipei could be piercingly cold as well!
JAO：What do you think of the project?
Bo-yu：It was as if they were from Wong Kar-Wai’s movies. The photos actually tell a story.
JAO：Did the photos turn out the way you envisioned?
Bo-yu：It actually turned out even better than I had imagined. Primitive and simple as the handmade props were, the color temperature filter for instance, the outcome was so superb that I was really blown away.
JAO：If these were shot for commercial purpose, what kind of advertisement would they be?
Bo-yu：An ad for Jacuzi or bathing balls made by LUSH.
JAO：I would say fragrance.
Bo-yu：Now that you mentioned it, it does make sense. I would say it makes almost too much sense. However, I can totally visualize it.
JAO：Are there any differences between commercial shooting and creative shooting?
Bo-yu：Commercial shooting is monotonous and fixed; it’s composed of either continuous fake smiles or long faces. On the contrary, creative shooting is more relaxing and playful, which could create some chemistry.
JAO：Do you have anything to share with us? About or not about the shooting.
Bo-yu：I was really looking forward to seeing the outcome, partly because I have few experience participating in creative shooting. Wondering when I could see the outcome, I definitely didn’t think I have to wait for 8 “years”!
The lighting combination with the bathtub is absolutely intriguing. I know you’re an expert in dealing with nudities in photos, so I was wondering how you would shoot this set of photos, where I didn’t expose my nudity, and create that same kind of eroticism.
JAO：What do you think of them now?
Bo-yu：Very sexy. You made it! They are awesome!