Sometimes you cannot photograph rain without actually liking it. It is a mind set that becomes ingrained in us. How can you possibly talk about rain while living in ‘sunny’ Belgium. Like something forbidden, you enjoy what you are not supposed to.


Are photographers destined to be objective in the way they capture an image? The American physics professor Thomas Kuhn argued that science is not a steady, cumulative acquisition of knowledge. Instead, science is a series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions.


A fundamental theme of Kuhn’s argument is that the typical developmental pattern of a mature science is the successive transition from one paradigm to another through a process of revolution. When a paradigm shift takes place, “a scientist’s world is qualitatively transformed [and] quantitatively enriched by fundamental novelties of either fact or theory.”


I am neither a scientist nor a physics professor. However, from an artist’s view point, I very much believe in Kuhn’s theory. Through a photographer’s eye, new theories or the way the world is, can be challenged and explored as a concept.


Whilst being solitary in my world for this project, ‘Happy Rain’ would not have seen light if not for the friends and people who believed in it.


Copyright Michael Chia 2013