Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao immigrated to Vancouver from Taiwan when he was 18, eventually making his way to New York to study art and photography at Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts. "Habitat 7" is Liao's first solo exhibition and offers a Panoramic document of the neighborhoods that evolved along the #7 train in Queens NY. The project invites a reconsideration of the ways in which modern societies evolve around the manmade river basins of today.
Liao works with a large format 8 x 10 camera. Many shots of a single scene over a period of time are then grafted together with digital technology. “By joining the pieces together in post-production,” Liao says, “I can best represent the atmosphere of time and give both panoramic and detailed representation of the environment.” With these cinematic photographs, Liao is “interested in observing how people uphold their ethnic traditions while pursuing the typical American dream.”