The china that i promised
I used to think that only humans eyes has the ability shows emotion, I was into portrait photography a lot. when my friends was taking photo of the DC building I told them I wasn't interesting because I didn't see the purpose taking photo of a building that everybody does.Never thought that I would like street photography until I returned to China. The culture just catches my eyes, the history buildings and the lifestyle that people are really living in, makes the unique culture. And I can see emotions and the soul come from the building.
About a month ago just I returned to China, my friends asked how's china looks like. I took a pic of the city side which is brand new building with big glasses windows. I was like, wait a minute, I wouldn't say that this is how's china looks like. This is not the China in my heart, Buildings, busy people, business... people here keep chasing this, they are so shame about the old side of china for some reason. They can't wait to get rid of all the Old buildings. it's like an inappropriate dress for a person, makes me uncomfortable to call it CHINA. I feel like I have the responsible to show the real side, the real beauty of China. I am planning to bring the camera down to the real life, I feel like this is the whole purpose of buying an expensive camera, not for showing off, not for faking the beauty, just telling the story.
Even though I am Chinese, just like many of you, I grew up watched Hongkong movie. but the real Chinese life is still have nothing to do with KUNGFU. Until I visited this city Wuzhou.
Wuzhou is in southern China, part of Guangxi, two hours away from Guangdong province. Typical Cantonese style, this is how I feel. I like the way that they keep the old Chinese culture, people are more living in a PURE life. Because the city doesn't get to over developed, least commercialize. I was walking on the street on the phone call with my friend telling him wow this is China, I feel so right!
A local Nanning magazine asked me if I am interesting put some of my photos on their series "Goodbye Nanning". I said, of course, Nanning is my hometown, also the capital of Guangxi province. Obviously, they never stop develop this city as a BIG CITY, especially in these couple years. Yes, it does look like a big city, traffic, big buildings, subway, expensive cars, high-end shopping mall.... They want it more and more and trying to get rid of the old things as soon as possible. Seeing the constructions everywhere honestly, I don't even feel a bit happy. oppositely, I am feeling sad. for me, Nanning is supposed to be a city about street foods, mahjong, lazy sunshine...
outside of the city