Project Statement

how should I begin,
to spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?
-- “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, presents a fictional love-story in deductive and documentary style based a real couple’s daily life. The two protagonists in the project exhibit various disharmonious and unnatural behaviours within a harmonious environment, which serves as the point of conflict in the project. This work aims to express the sharp tension between two lovers still trying to maintain the relationship, while showing various discordant manifestations within the memories left by their past.

"Ensuring that every element has a purpose"

In November 2023, Jiapeng Liu was announced as the latest Sproxton Award-winner in recognition of his work, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Employing deductive documentary forms to explore a fictional love story, Jiapeng's work features 2 protagonists who exhibit various disharmonious and unnatural behaviours within an otherwise harmonious environment - expressing a sharp tension as they attempt to maintain a loving relationship despite the discordant memories made manifest by their past.

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is my first photo album based on the life stories of real people. In this project, my primary focus was on portraying the 'strangeness' of the two characters through visual language," explained Jiapeng.

"My visual ethos involves skilfully employing a concise and evocative visual language to express my personal aesthetic pursuits. I find great inspiration in surrealism, drawing from its dreamlike qualities to infuse my work with a sense of wonder. Similarly, I embrace the elegance of minimalism to create a harmonious visual experience, ensuring that every element has a purpose. These artistic elements, among others, intertwine in my creative process, allowing me to craft intricate narratives that captivate the imagination and evoke powerful emotions.

"In this project, for the first time, I employed a pseudo-documentary photography style. This more realistic approach brings the lives of the protagonists closer to the viewer, providing a more effective means of storytelling."

  • “Winner of prestigious annual Sproxton Award for photoraphy announced” Written by Chloe Murphy, on 16,January,2 024