The Faces of Youth 正值青春年华的他们

November 9, 2018 2018年11月9日

Youth has never had just one face. Indonesian photographer Faisal Y. Djaja points his camera at youth from different backgrounds in his country, giving snapshots of their lives in one beautiful instant.

Djaja was born in the small seaside city of Manado, in northern Indonesia, not far from the Philippines. His hometown boasts a clear blue sea, an unbroken mountain chain, and streetscapes that combine old and new. Now in his twenties, Djaja isn’t a full-time photographer: he previously taught English and now works at the mayor’s office in the firefighting division and emergency call center. Only in his spare time can he pick up a camera and capture these subjects in the flower of their youth.


青春从来都不只有一种样貌,来自印尼的摄影师 Faisal Y. Djaja 将镜头对准了当地来自不同背景的年轻人,将他们的生命定格在这美好的一瞬。

90 后的 Faisal Y. Djaja 出生并成长在印尼北边、靠近菲律宾的一座海滨城市美娜多,这里有清澈的海、绵延的山,还有新旧文化共存的街景。这里丰富的自然人文景色,提供了他许多创作的灵感。但事实上,平常的 Faisal 并不是一位全职摄影师。之前曾经当过英文补教老师,目前在市政厅的消防与紧急事件部门工作。空闲时间,他才拿起相机,捕捉下这些正值青春年华的人们。

Why does he take photos of these youths? “They’re the people I can most relate to,” he says. “I started doing portraits when I was younger myself, and we have a lot of things in common—for example, the struggles of being a young citizen in a fast-growing city and trying to figure out our identity.”


为什么拍摄这些年轻人呢?他回答 “原因可能是因为他们是我最能够连结到的对象。我差不多在十九岁开始拍摄人像,我和他们之间共享很多东西,比如说在年轻时候,都同样面临到身在发展如此快速的城市中,寻找和定义自我的挣扎。”

 

When we’re young, we all want to stand out from the crowd. But Djaja thinks that this should be something that occurs naturally—you can’t force yourself to be unique. Perhaps that’s because each of us comes from a different cultural background, or possesses a talent that sets us apart from others. Such inherent distinctive traits are one of the things Djaja pays most attention to when selecting subjects. He’s grateful to have encountered so many unique personalities in his work. “I’m lucky I met my model friends, because I’ve experienced a lot of unexpected things working with them. Without them, my art is nothing,” he says.


作为一个年轻人,每个人都想要独一无二。但 Faisal 认为这应该是一件自然而然发生的事,而不是刻意强迫自己去产出某种独特性。也许是因为来自于不同的文化背景、或是拥有一项异于常人的才能。这种与生具来的独特性,是他在挑选拍摄对象时,最重视的特质之一。因此在他的照片中,处处可见到那些散发独特气质的人的踪影,“我很幸运能认识到一些模特儿朋友,目前为止我经历了很多意想不到的事情。没有他们,就没有我的艺术。”

Aside from his photography projects, Djaja has worked with his model friends in setting up an online community called imagi.native. The goal is to bring young local models together and let them forge closer ties. “We want to be the medium, and to show that our hometown has great models with potential,” he says. He hopes his own photography can be an inspiration and encourage other young artists to start creating, and not to hesitate. “Step out and start fresh, chase the sunrise or the sunset and see the extraordinary in little things.”


除了常在拍摄项目中与年轻模特儿合作,Faisal 还进一步与朋友共同创办了一个平台 imagi.native,旨在聚集当地的年轻模特儿,为他们提供一个更紧密的联系网络。“我们希望能成为中间的媒介,让大家看到我们的家乡也有这么多极具潜力的年轻人。” 总有一天,他希望自己的照片能作为一种启发,鼓励其他年轻的艺术家毫不犹豫地投入创作。“踏出去,重新开始,发现美好的日出日落,和那些生活中非比寻常的小事。”

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Contributor: Yang Yixuan


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供稿人: Yang Yixuan

Bursting into Bloom 凝结在花开绽放的一瞬间

November 6, 2018 2018年11月6日

Living in such a fast-paced age, how many beautiful things do we overlook?

Peony Yip, a Hong Kong-based artist originally from Jamaica, is a close observer of beautiful things. She draws in a clean, graceful style, giving lush flowers, stems, and even fine strands of hair a deft realism.

“Nowadays, I feel as if beautiful things or beauty itself is judged by the amount of ‘likes’ it gets or how much the internet praises it. It is quite saddening,” she says. “I try to make works with subjects that are beautiful to me, and over the years, I’ve taken a deep liking to flowers. I really want to show nature in my pieces as much as I can.” With their meticulously traced lines, Yip’s drawings have a compact energy that leaves viewers marveling at the beauty of flowers bursting into full bloom.


生活在这样一个快节奏的时代里,我们忽视了多少美好的事物呢?

生于牙买加的 Peony Yip,目前于香港定居。作为一个悉心的观察者,她的绘画风格细腻婉约,繁复的花瓣、枝桠,甚至是纤细的发丝,在她的笔触中显得异常真实灵动。

“如今,我觉得美丽的事物或美丽本身是由它获得的 ‘点赞数’ 来判断的。这让人觉得很惋惜。而我试着用那些对我来说美丽的题材来创作作品。比如多年来,我一直很喜欢花。我真的想尽我最大的努力在我的作品中实现自然。” Peony 不无惋惜地说道。画面中被细致描绘的经络,让它凝聚了充沛的能量,也让人沉迷在花开瞬间的美好绽放中,无法自拔。

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Contributor: Chen Yuan


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Floating Field 《浮田》道出你的人生和死亡

November 2, 2018 2018年11月2日

 

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Taiwanese designer Wu Yi-Hsien understands that uncertainty is the only certainty in life. While initially troubled by this realization, her apprehension soon gave way to a newfound clarity: we’re all in the same boat. Or, as her animated short Floating Field has it, we’re all in our own fish boats. Her unconventional video, selected as a Design Mark winner in the Golden Pin Concept Design Awards, explores how each of us floats through life in search of meaning and purpose.


台湾设计师吴怡娴深信着 “不确定性是生命中唯一的确定性” 。虽然最初受到这种认知的困扰,但很快地,她的担忧即被一种全新的见解取代:我们的处境都是一样的,我们都在自己的船上。或者说,如她的动画短片《浮田》所表达,我们都在自己的 “鱼型船” 上。她极具创意的视频入围了 “2018 金点概念设计奖” 年度最佳设计奖,探讨了我们每个人如何漂流在人生里寻找着意义和目的。

The animation takes place in a mysterious world where a series of amorphous blob characters each live inside or atop a floating fish. The story’s main character is a humble farmer who’s diligently at work planting seeds in hopes of a better tomorrow. As he drifts from scene to scene, he encounters characters of different backgrounds, all of whom are pursuing their own fulfillment. From a rich fish whose inhabitant is bathing in gold coins to a busy fish whose resident is running in place on a hamster wheel, every character is self-absorbed with their own interests and goals.


动画的故事发生在一个神秘的世界。在这个世界里,一些不定形的团状小人居住在 “飘浮鱼” 的内部或上方。故事的主角是一位谦逊的农民,他正在努力耕作,种下种子,期许一个更美好的明天。当他穿梭在不同的场景,来来去去,他也遇到了来自不同背景的人物,这些人的共同点是他们都在汲汲营营于追求自己的成就。从坐拥无数财富的人、到在仓鼠轮子上没日没夜行走的人,每一个角色都有自己的兴趣和目标。

As time passes, the protagonist’s fish starts to age. His work seems to be all for naught as he descends beneath the clouds and is eventually swallowed by a murky black sea in what seems like the film’s ending. But a quote from Lord of the Rings reframes the context of the grim conclusion, reminding viewers that death isn’t necessarily the end. Through death—the death of our old selves, death of our fears, and the death of our insecurities—a new life begins. Moments later, the fish’s inhabitant re-emerges from the currents and steps ashore. He treads onwards, into new, uncharted lands that await exploration. As terrifying as it might be to face the unknown, only when we accept that it’s an inevitable part of existence, can we truly begin to experience all that life has to offer.


随着时间的推移,主人公的鱼开始老化了。当他失去力气下降到云层下方,他发现到他先前辛苦的工作都是徒劳,最终都会被一片阴暗的黑海吞噬。故事看似已来到结局,但此时,引自电影《指环王》的语句出现在画面里,原本令人沮丧的结局被改写了,提醒观众死亡并不一定代表结束。死亡——象征着我们的旧我、恐惧、和不安全感的死去——而新的生命即将展开。片刻之后,原本住在鱼里的小人重新踏上岸,向前走,进入了无人涉足过的新领域,一切都等待着他去探索。尽管面对未知的事物可能令人畏惧,但只有当我们接受它是人生中不可避免的一部分时,我们才能真正地开始去体会生活,和随之而来的一切际遇。

Contributor: David Yen


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Calligraphy in Action 当书法遇上嘻哈文化

November 1, 2018 2018年11月1日

Calligraphy’s beauty lies in the energy behind each stroke, and performances that show the motion of the brush bring to light one of the art form’s normally hidden aspects. Mami, a calligraphy artist from Japan, figured this out years ago, and her live calligraphy shows, performed in a kimono, pay tribute to the movement inherent in this tradition.


书法的美丽在于每一笔划背后的能量,而现场书法表演正可以揭示这个通常不被人看到的一面。来自日本的书法艺术家 Mami,在几年前就想到了这一点。她穿着和服现场表演书法,向这个深根在传统里的动态艺术致上敬意。

The idea for calligraphy performances came to her in a very unexpected way. “I was really drawn to the way rappers and DJs were able to express themselves within a culture they liked,” Mami explains. “I wanted to do calligraphy, but I wanted to do it like them. In those days [2010], live painting was just starting to take root in Japanese clubs, so I rode that wave.”


这个现场书法表演的想法诞生于一个意外。 “我真的很喜欢说唱歌手和 DJ 能够以自己的方式来表达他们喜欢的文化,” Mami 解释道。 “我想做书法,但想要像他们一样的方式。差不多在 2010 年左右,现场绘画才刚刚开始在日本的一些具乐部里扎根,所以我就顺着潮流走。”

Hip hop’s appeal for her runs even deeper, since graffiti plays an important role in her style. “I’ve liked hip hop since I was 12, and found the graffiti on CD jackets fascinating. And when I was 16, some graffiti suddenly appeared on the road between my house and my calligraphy class. I felt very close to graffiti then,” she recalls. It didn’t take long for her to start drawing a line between them, so to speak.


嘻哈文化对她的影响相当深远,在她的创作中经常出现涂鸦艺术的踪迹。 “从12岁开始,我就很喜欢嘻哈音乐,常常着迷于 CD 封套上的各种涂鸦。当我 16 岁时,在我家和书法课之间的路上突然出现了一些涂鸦,我觉得我和涂鸦又拉近了距离。” 没过多久,她就开始自己动手涂鸦了。

Mami is part of a worldwide network of “calligraffiti” artists who bring together street art and calligraphy. Many of them, like her, developed their styles individually, only later realizing there was a global scene. A couple of years ago, a book titled “The Art of Writing Your Name” attempted to bring this nebulous scene together, and it featured Mami within its pages.


Mami 是书法涂鸦calligraffiti)的全球网络成员之一,他们将街头艺术和书法结合在一起。这其中很多人都发展出了自己独特的风格,后来才意识到它具有一种全球性,Mami 也是如此。几年前,一本名为《The Art of Writing Your Name》的书试图将全球书法涂鸦这些界限模糊的场景融合在一起,Mami 也是其中受访报道的一位。

Her interest in art began very early on. “I started noticing that I could make others happy with the pictures I drew when I was only four years old,” she says. Before age ten, she was already doing calligraphy, which her parents and teachers introduced to her. She went on to study the history of calligraphy at university.


Mami 对艺术的热爱很早就开始了。“当我只有四岁的时候,我就发现我可以让别人对我的画感到满意。”她说。经由她父母和老师给她介绍,Mami 在十岁之前就已经开始学书法了。在大学里,Mami 继续学习了书法史。

Despite her love for the rebellious nature of hip hop and graffiti, Mami has a clear appreciation for tradition. When speaking on the topic, she’s downright poetic: “Tradition is a tree. Its roots don’t change, but as its age-rings multiply, its branches split and its leaves scatter. I would love for my work to become a part of that tree.”


尽管 Mami 热爱叛逆感十足的嘻哈和涂鸦,但她依然喜欢传统文化。谈到这个话题时,她非常有诗意地说道:“传统是一棵树。它的根是不变的。但当它的年轮一圈圈往上增长,树的枝干会裂开,叶子也散开了。我希望我的工作能成为那棵树的一部分。”

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Contributor: Mike Steyels


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