Sand Wan – biography

Sand Wan is a fine art photographer and a member of the Chinese Canadian Artists Federation of Vancouver.

He was born in 1949 in Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic obtaining a Foundation Design Certificate. While he was in Hong Kong, he was engaged in the publishing business and graphic design. His works have won numerous awards in Hong Kong and international design competitions. Since 1996 he has been living and working in Vancouver.

In 2013, he was invited to exhibit his photographic works entitled ‘The Beauty of Immortality: Reincarnation of Driftwood’ by the Gallery Cathedral Place in Vancouver. In 2015, he held an exhibition called ‘The Passing of Time’ at the city hall of Richmond, B.C., Canada. In 2016, he held a solo photography exhibition entitled ‘Guei Hou’ at the Viridian Gallery in Vancouver. During the same year, he also participated in two group exhibitions. The former was organized by the Chinese Canadian Artists Federation of Vancouver, the latter entitled ‘Line of Life’ was held in the Viridian Gallery, Vancouver. Some of his works remain in private collections.

In 2017, he published book Immortality: Sand Wan Photography
In 2019, he published book Finn Slough Photography by Sand wan


溫一沙是純藝術攝影師 ,溫哥華華人藝術家協會會員 。

1949年生於香港 ,畢業於香港理工學院設計學系 。曾多年從事出版與平面設計工作 ,其作品多次獲得香港與國際設計獎項 。

2013年應邀在溫哥華The Gallery at Cathedral Place舉辦《不朽之美 漂木的重生》主題攝影個展 。2015年於加拿大卑斯省列治文市政廳展出《歲月流過》系列攝影作品 。2016年在溫哥華瑋瑞畫廊舉辦《龜吼》攝影作品個展 。同年參與在溫哥華中華文化中心舉辦的《溫哥華華人藝術家協會2016年年展》;及參加在溫哥華瑋瑞畫廊舉辦的《黑白時光》聯展 。其攝影作品部分為私人收藏 。

2017年出版個人攝影集《溫一沙作品[不朽] 》


The Beauty of Immortality: Insight Gained from Life

Sand Wan

The Fraser River flows silently in front of me. Following the current, waterfowls dart between aquatic plants and seagulls fly low dashing past the waving river. Occasionally, a boat sails by stirring a series of wavelets in the glittering lights of waves.

Along the Fraser River, I search the ruins of dead trees and peer into the beauty of their decay. I also savour their various elegant forms that beautifully blend into nature. Such an endeavour becomes one of my greatest joys. I am lost in these tranquil and peaceful surroundings where the sky and water merge into one colour. In my mind’s eye and antennae, I observe the decaying logs. Enthusiastically I engage my camera to capture their images.

Let us ask how many living things in nature are akin to trees displaying their most graceful forms after death? I love driftwood that has been floating in the river many years or even centuries. One vividly witnesses that many wounds of the driftwood are caused by civilization, and their scars are the result of cutting and sawing. Constantly washed and pounded by the river, their profiles are carved in rounded and simple forms, with their texture appearing even clearer and brighter. The dexterous hand of nature has transformed them into sculptures. Still, the multitude of wounds cannot diminish their grace and beauty.

The thick and huge tree trunks remain strong and firm ever after they have been felled. Baptized by weather, assaulted by ice and snow, bored by insects and ants, they decay and disintegrate, at last decomposing into organic soil. At the same time, they call forth the birth of new life. Looking around, one notices the earth is full of life and the decaying trees unexpectedly contribute an offering.

For millions of years, trees continue to grow in silence; even now they never cease supplying the enormous rich resources for human needs. They never ask for anything in return. Every time you and I roam the natural scenery appreciating the beautiful forest, have we even thought of how we treasure what we presently possess? And yet humans, accelerating with insatiable greed, replace the wooded forests with tens of thousands of concrete buildings. Acre after acre, the forests are cut recklessly, and the green world disappears from our view day by day. This rapid economic development causes nature to pay too high a price. If this situation continues, perhaps in the near future humans will eat one’s own bitter fruit.

I would like to thank Canada for its primitive beautiful natural landscapes. The forests inspire and provide me with a boundless joy in photographing them. They are the significant elements and moving force for my creativity. It is as if another door has opened in my life with a renewed purpose and direction. Additionally, countless pieces of driftwood found along the coast of the Pacific Northwest, offer me exceptional creative elements.

The beautiful forms of driftwood stimulate my urge to create. They also allow me to find new meaning and gain insight from life.

Life can be represented in any form displaying the value of its existence.

Sometimes, when life ends its lustre will not be completely lost.

Perhaps, this reflection can become a search for meaning in life.

不朽之美 生命的樂章