Jeong has an entirely different use for his camera. None of his photographs would suggest that the casual viewers would immediately find intrinsic visual appeal or dramatic interest in his subject matter. For Jeong, no subject is too slight or trivial for his examination, but his photographs are far from slight.
With sly humor and finely honed sensitivity for metaphor found in inanimate objects, he makes quirky and personal photographs.
Food scraps, mechanical parts, and jetsam are encapsulated in Jeong's imagery. The things that he presents for our view we may have already looked at but never seen in his particular way.
Like the inkblots of a Rorschach test, Jeong's photographs suggest a preoccupation with seeing sexual contents in the most unlikely of subject matter. Other works presents odd vignettes from the periphery of our everyday environment and lives.
2004 Photographer | Jan Staller
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Photography has been an integral part of TJ's life since his early high school years. After arriving in the United States, Westchester county in New York, in 1988 at age of 16, TJ was given his first camera as a gift from his father. It was the Pentax MX, rocking Tri-X 400 and T-Max 100 as his go to films. Photography, as TJ soon found out, was a way for him to connect with, relate to, and interact with the vastly new environment he found himself in. His photos became synonymous with his voice.
The odd thing about this particular camera was that the light meter was broken and so TJ started taking photos while having to learn, by trial and error (and lots of cash), the correct exposure for every new setting that he encountered. It was hard and frustrating but with each roll of film that was discarded TJ’s determination and skill grew ever stronger.
TJ truly fell in love with photography when he first witnessed the birth of a picture from a roll of film in his high school’s darkroom. As he saw the photo slowly develop from a blank page into a work of art his heart was captivated by the way photography captured much more than what meets the eye. The joy that he felt then still drives his photography today.
His academic career progressed into studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York. From there TJ bounced around from several studios working as an assistant until he landed in Jan Staller’s studio. TJ worked for five years with Jan and together they created a friendship that lasts to this day. It was TJ’s first long term position in years. From then on, TJ had his work shown in several group exhibitions such as the Woodstock Annual Benefit in 1999 and 2000, and the Sadi Gallery with Samsung also in 2000.
In 2005, TJ and his family moved to South Korea for a year after hearing of his mother’s illness and there he was featured in numerous fashion magazines (e.g. Cosmopolitan Korea, and Bazzar Korea) and opened his first studio, Play Studio. After spending time with his parents and rejuvenated by his mother’s full recovery, TJ came back to New York City with his family to officially begin his career. He started Angel Project in 2006 and shifted his attention away from interior and fashion to apply in wedding photography.
As more and more people began to book with him he never lost sight of how photography affected him as a young teenager all those years ago and with renewed drive he has set his sights on NYC as the center of his personal work. And now, finally, after decades in the making, TJ’s dream has been realized and you are a part of it.