Photography

3cm's Portraits with Body Manipulations and Modifications

July 16, 2015

Under the name 3CM, Yung Cheng Lin, a Taiwanese photographer, focuses on portraits of women with some kind of body manipulation—either literally or through the play of imagery. Many of her portraits seem intent to disturb, piercing the body with threads, tacks or nails. They also reference some of the often hidden elements of the female body: blood and fluids. Her portraits blur the line between photography and sculpture, body and object. In an interview with Vice's Creators Project, Chen Lin says, “The main appeal is to discuss the morality issue especially in women... the definition this society nowadays has given to women is quite narrow, judgmental, and unfree, and the media has great influence on it particularly.” We've posted on Cheng Lin before, and are still enamored with her explorations of the female body within a constrictive cultural context.