Few months ago, I posted here some thoughts and photographs about France, my own country, seen with the eyes of the one living abroad (see here). This second episode bring us in the coastal areas of Atlantic and Corsica.
I shoot photography in the streets and It has been like that since I own a camera; but I have never done street photography, I mean the real street photography. This post is the story of a first attempt…
I am back home, China, after three weeks of business trips, spending my time to kill polar bear with plane generated CO2 and intergalactic consultant bullshit brain heat. This gives me finally the time to finish this post, the latest in the “discoveries” series. In fact, I have hundreds of unpublished photographs; I have selected the one closest to the previous shadowgraphy post. Thus, this selection is again colourful, again an attempt to work with both the very specific colours and textures of Chinese winter while exploring the Chinese lights in the Jiangsu delta.
This post the follow-up on my last one in the discoveries series which was about the new art zone of Changzhou called “Channel 5”.
Blessed by the horizontal rays of sun of that cold winter afternoon, I crossed the bridge and walked an hour in the district along the channel 5. Winter lights in China can be quite interesting; when the cities are not covered by an heavy and unidentified smog, people are enjoying the warm sun outside and they try to dry whatever they can, from shoes to radish.
This is a post about the new art zone of Changzhou built in a former industrial zone near the channel number 5. It was the end of the day, a Sunday, in December. The lights were beautiful, and the shadows not so deep. I tried to capture the weirdness and the beauty of this empty place in colors…
For the one living abroad, the first time back home brings a lot of warm feelings and excitement about all the things we all miss from our own country.
But after few years, while back, some other sensations spice the days spent home. I would like to call this the “so far so close” effect. I must admit that one of my favorite pleasure is now to have the chance to look at my old country and fellow citizens with the eyes and the distance of a tourist, like a foreigner would.
I think it was a Saturday, in Shanghai, by night, as usual… except a worldwide event quietly advertised by the local news. That night, as responsible citizens, we should save the planet and switch of our lights for one hour… I had an appointment on the Bund with my friend Jeff to witness what supposed to be a spectacular spot of darkness in the night, together with a quite large amount of TV cameras pointing at Pudong skylines…
茅山 (Mao Shan) is one of the key place in the history of Taoism (See wikipedia) The mountain has been famous in Taoism history starting from 153BC. Most of the historical temples have been destroyed. On the top the main temple, rebuilt and renewed is still well known a place for prayer. […]
The same day as the previous post, I used also a few rolls of colour film to catch the vintage atmosphere of the oldest streets of the town. Some areas are very interesting because they mix warm tones of the wood with flshy colours partly vanishing under the strong sun of summer. In winter, […]
2011, during chinese new year break, I escaped the sleepy Shanghai for a day in Jinxi and nearby. This is a small and ancient city on the side of one of the numerous lakes of the Yangse delta. I spent the day exploring the small streets of the old town, chatting with the locals and […]