The photographs of "Poetry in Motion", published on Harper's Bazaar Vietnam, feature the elegant physical poetry of Erika Lemay, world acclaimed performer, physical poet and cirque artist, named as New Queen of Circus by Vanity Fair Italy.
The photos depict the beautiful marriage of the spirit and emotions, and the human body.
From the depths of our hearts, we always cherish many dreams. Over the years we´ve fulfilled some, and we´ve missed some others. Looking back on my life, there were some dreams I have fulfilled, yet many others still remain as dreams only. The dreams I cherish and remember the most are actually the broken dreams. They pushed me to the depths of pain and challenged my being but at the same time taught me how to endure the uttermost suffering, and showed me that the wound is where the light enters and that pain could actually be very pleasurable, if we learn how to accept it, and transform pain into an infinite source of strength. Every experience, no matter how horrible it might seem, holds a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.
The photos from this series "Remembrance of the shattered dreams" capture an ephemeral moment of feminine emotions flowing through the river of time. As reality plays hide-and-seek with fantasy, it's a reflection of those volatile moods etched in the permanence of change.
This series won Honorable Mention in Fine Art Category in the International Photography Awards (Los Angeles, USA), Sep 2013.
The Lotus Lake, represents timeless divine beauty of Vietnamese women, and transmit the purity of heart throughout the pictures. The lotus flower is the national symbolic flower of my origin country Vietnam. The lotus resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness; the woman, just like the lotus in the lake, strives to remain pure and peaceful despite the tides of life.
This series is greatly inspired by classic paintings that I admire by Rembrandt, P.P.Rubens, Titian, Caravaggio etc. The spirit, atmosphere and colors of paintings from these long gone periods haunt me and inspired me to create these painting-like pictures.
“Modern Renaissance” series was thus inspired by my passion for European classic paintings and architecture, specially those of the XVII century. This series of photos tries to bring the spirit of Renaissance art back to the current days. A mixture of the Renaissance period and the world we currently live in. The pure essence, intimity and feminity of the woman from the long gone era are restored through a series of nostalgic and emotional images taken in an old house in Plaza Mayor, Madrid.
This series “Dreams of Ophelia” was inspired by the famous painting Ophelia by British artist Sir John Everett Millais from the XIX century. Ophelia, a character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, singing before she drowns in a river in Denmark. The original painting was admired for its beauty and its accurate depiction of a natural landscape.
Thus, this photography series “Dreams of Ophelia” captures an ephemeral moment of feminine emotions flowing through the river of time. As reality plays hide-and-seek with fantasy, it's a reflection of those volatile moods etched in the permanence of change.