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Modernizing the Accordion

 

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Once revered for its compactness and versatility, the accordion’s popularity has dwindled over past decades. Nowadays, when most people think of the instrument, old folk musicians or Parisian buskers are likely what comes to mind. Despite its fall from popularity, forward-thinking bands and musicians like Arcade Fire and Madvillain have proven the instrument can still be viable in contemporary music. And in Shanghai, equally eager to prove that the accordion shouldn’t be so quickly dismissed is independent musician Chen Kai.


手风琴,曾因其便携和灵活性而备受推崇,但过去几十年间,它已经渐渐尘封于人们的回忆里。现在,当大多数人想到这件乐器,大抵会想到年迈的民间音乐家或者巴黎的街头艺人。尽管不如从前流行,但像 Arcade Fire Madvillain 这样有远见的乐队和音乐家,却向大家证明了这种乐器在当代音乐中的地位依然不减。

而在上海,对此有着同样信念的,是独立音乐家陈楷。

All music evolves, and CK, as an accordionist with over two decades of experience, recognizes the importance of adapting. In fact, it’s especially important for an instrument that many consider archaic to keep up with the times. His awareness of this fact directly influences his playing style. Rather than relying on well-known tunes, his live shows are hour-long improvisational sets that blend unlikely genres—like psychedelic rock and baroque music—to form unclassifiable soundscapes.


其实,所有的音乐都在演变的过程中。作为一个有 20 多年经验的手风琴演奏家,陈楷认识到适应潮流的重要性。事实上,对于一个被许多人认为已经过时的乐器来说,手风琴演奏要跟上时代的步伐,显得尤其重要。这也直接影响了陈楷的演奏风格。陈楷现场演奏的并非那些人们耳熟能详的曲子,而是通过一小时的即兴表演,混合一些不太常见的流派──比如迷幻摇滚乐和巴洛克音乐──来形成独特而无法被归类的音乐背景。

Not only is CK able to wield the inherent versatility of the instrument, he makes full use of the effects pedals, transforming each note into something foreign yet familiar. Alternating between warm, soothing melodies to upheaving, violent crescendos, CK’s performances are a whirlwind of sound and emotion that both caress and assault the listener’s ears. Watching him perform is an enlightening experience that can sway even the most stubborn of skeptics to rethink the accordion’s place in modern music.


陈楷的演奏,不仅发挥出手风琴固有的即兴灵活的特性,还充分利用了效果器踏板,把每个音符都奏出了既熟悉又陌生的曲调。一曲曲演奏,温柔与暴烈并行,舒缓与激扬辉映,让听众得以斡旋于声音与情感之中,对耳膜既是爱抚,亦是冲击。观看陈楷的表演是一次极具启发性的体验,甚至连那些质疑手风琴地位的人,也会去反思手风琴在现代音乐中的位置。

While CK aspires to help his beloved instrument reclaim its rightful place in the world, it’s not the only thing that fuels his motivation. What truly stokes his creative flames is his appreciation of music’s cathartic qualities. To him, music is an outlet, and his accordion is a conduit, one that helps him bring his emotions into the world through sonic means.


陈楷渴望能让他心爱的手风琴重夺其在世应有的地位,但激励他的动力并不止于此。真正点燃他创作热情的,是他对音乐宣泄性的情感。对他来说,音乐是一个出口,他的手风琴是一种媒介,帮助他将自己的情感通过声音的方式带来这个世界。

Forming an emotional connection with others is perhaps the most rewarding part of being a musician. He speaks to others through his art and lets them interpret it as they will. “In Chinese visual art, negative space is an important concept,” he says. “It’s the room left aside for the viewer’s imagination and own interpretation to take shape. In my music, I try to follow this same concept.”


与他人在情感上建立联系,也许是陈楷作为音乐家来说获益匪浅的部分。通过音乐,陈楷得以与他人沟通,让人们从中解读出自己的东西。在中国的视觉艺术中,负空间是一个重要的概念。他说,这是为观众的想象力和自己的解释留下空间。在我的音乐中,我也试图遵循着与之相同的概念。

Of course, taste is subjective. Not only can different individuals find different meaning in the same song, but what qualifies as “good” music inevitably varies from person to person. As a seasoned musician and self-described lover of all genres, how does CK define “good” music?

Hesitating, he takes a long drag from his cigarette and exhales a lungful of smoke before breaking the silence: “Good music should come from the heart. It should move people. Simple as that.”


当然,个人品味是很主观的。不仅不同的人在同一首歌中能找到不同的含义,而且什么是“好”音乐也必然因人而异。作为一个经验丰富的音乐家和自我标榜的所有流派的爱好者,陈楷又是如何定义“好”音乐的呢?

犹豫半晌,他从香烟里抽出一根长长的烟,狠吸了一大口之后,才打破了沉默:“好的音乐应该发自内心。它应该能打动人们。就这么简单。”

Contributor & Photographer: David Yen
Videographers: Damien Louise, Cheok Lai


供稿人与图片摄影师: David Yen
视频摄影师: Damien Louise, Cheok Lai

Twinkle Twinkle Little Circle

From A Planet of Seas & Mountains / 《山海星球》系列

“I wish everything in this world were round,” writes Yayi in a project statement.

Yayi is a Shanghai-based artist who spends her days designing, doodling, and searching for inspiration in the trivial details of life. Her unique style is characterized by minimal colors, collage elements, and perhaps most distinct of all, an assortment of circles. But why circles?

“I just like it,” Yayi shrugs. “I’ve always thought circles were such a mysterious shape. They’re soft yet plump. They can be energetic or they can be lethargic.”


“希望这个世界上的一切都是圆圆的”,是 Yayi 给某个系列写介绍时说的。目前生活工作于上海的她,日常画画、做设计,采集生活里能够感动自己的细枝末节,画着圆圆圈圈,配上简单的颜色和一些拼贴元素,就形成了她独特的风格。

但真要为“圆”找出个所以然来的话,Yayi 却说,其实只是因为喜欢这个形态罢了。“一直觉得圆是个微妙的形态,是柔软的、饱满的,有时活泼有时慵懒的感觉。”

From Twinkle, Twinkle series /《Twinkle, Twinkle》 系列
From Twinkle, Twinkle series /《Twinkle, Twinkle》 系列
From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列

Yayi describes her process of drawing circles within the confines of a rectangular frame as “daydreaming within a sequestered universe of my own.”

In Passing By, a series of short animated clips, she presents everyday scenes (with circles, of course) from three different perspectives: as a lover of idle walks, as a lover of parks, as a lover of stories. The series is intimate yet playful, inspired by her observations of strolling around the city. From a lone trashcan in an empty shopping plaza to a flashing traffic sign lighting up the darkness of night, Yayi reimagines mundane settings as delightful works of art.


在一方方的小世界里画圆,Yayi 形容是“时不时在自己臆想的‘断层世界里做着‘清醒梦’”。

以“遛弯儿爱好者”、“公园爱好者”和“小故事爱好者”的身份来分类的《路过》系列,Yayi 放上了一些脑回路的场景画面,非常随意,也相当个人化。在生活里看到的某一个场景和画面的延展,比如凌晨商场里的垃圾桶,夏日深夜空旷马路边被交通警示灯反射过的禁止通行路牌,等等。这些过去的画面,被 Yayi 捕捉在记忆里,又重新翻出来构图创作。

From the Passing By series / 《路过》系列
From the Passing By series / 《路过》系列
From the Passing By series / 《路过》系列
From the Passing By series / 《路过》系列

For times when Yayi wants to create but isn’t feeling particularly creative, collage is her go-to medium. “It’s just me piecing together scattered visuals to try and jolt my brain into coming up with new ideas. That’s why I titled one of my collage series Losing My Mind.”


而在想创作又没有想法的时候,Yayi 会玩拼贴。她的回答很温柔得可爱:“算是通过把零碎的画面重组来刺激自己有些新的想法。所以我把我拼贴的系列叫做‘失心疯’。”

From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列
From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列
From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列

In her collage works, the elements Yayi selects reveal a fascination with films about space. “I suppose there really are quite a lot of movies about space that I’ve loved over the years,” she says, “from  A Trip to the Moon (1902), to the Soviet-era Solaris (1972), to the more recent Coherence (2013).”

She also cites a love for the work of installation artists Olafur Eliasson and Cai Guoqiang. “I recently watched a documentary about Cai Guoqiang’s Sky Ladder. His ongoing Project for Extraterrestrials series is also quite interesting; in it, he plays with the idea of space exploration but through the innocence of a young boy. All of his works are extremely impressive.”


殊不知,拼贴的素材或灵感来源,背后都会或多或少地融入她沉迷的星球和宇宙的元素。“从 1902 年的《月球旅行纪》,到后来苏联的《飞向太空》……再到近几年的《彗星来的那一夜》。关于宇宙和星球题材的电影,仔细想想我喜欢的还真的挺多的。”

她毫不掩饰她对当代装置艺术家 Olafur Eliasson 的钟爱,还有蔡国强。最近看的纪录片有蔡国强的《天梯》。他用男孩天真的一面去表达对外星世界的探索,做的一系列‘为外星人做的计划’行为和装置艺术都是让人印象非常深刻的作品。”

From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列
From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列
From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列
From Twinkle, Twinkle series /《Twinkle, Twinkle》 系列
From Twinkle, Twinkle series /《Twinkle, Twinkle》 系列

Her delicate recollections and observations of life, along with her love and longing for outer space, gives Yayi’s circles an ingenious romance.

Depending on the viewer, Yayi’s circles can take on different meanings. Some could see them as symbolic of deeper ideas. Others may just enjoy them simply as circles. Less than a bridge between artist and viewer, for Yayi, art is “an outlet for my own emotions, and hopefully something that resonates with the viewer’s emotions.”


对生活细腻的感知与记忆,对宇宙星球的喜爱与憧憬,让 Yayi 的圆形作品显得玲珑且浪漫。

这些圆,可以被赋予形形色色的含义,也可以干干净净地理解为圆本身。要说 Yayi 所想要搭建的那座桥梁,不过是“我自己的情绪出口,同样也希望大家解读出自己的情绪。”

From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列
From A Planet of Mountains & Seas / 《山海星球》系列

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Contributor: Chen Yuan


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供稿人: Chen Yuan

Hidden Glory

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In collaboration with VSCO, we recently explored Shanghai’s Jinhuanghuang secondhand market, one of the last of its kind in the city, to find out what makes it so special. All of the images in this story were edited with the powerful presets and tools that come with VSCO X. Click here to start your free, seven-day trial.

I thought I’d prepared myself, but when I finally found the Jinhuanghuang General Wholesale Market, I was still taken aback.

Jinhuanghuang is tucked away between West Gaoke Road and the elevated highway of South Pudong Road. Even with GPS guidance, the cab driver had trouble finding it. In retrospect, the difficulty of even locating the market’s entrance foreshadowed its labyrinthian interior, where a mishmash of shops hawking old appliances, antiques, and secondhand clothing stretched out everywhere you looked. The people, however, you could count on one hand.

I’d been to the market more than once, back when it was still on Dingxi Road. Yet its new incarnation left me a bit shocked: everything had changed.


我们与 VSCO 携手走进上海仅存的二手服装交易市场之一“金煌煌”,试图向大家记录和呈现这个市场所经历过的辉煌。本文中所有照片都通过 VSCO X 强大的预设及编辑工具。现在就开启你的 7 天免费 VSCO X 试用创意之旅吧。

尽管此前已经做好了心理准备,但在我终于找到“金煌煌综合批发零售市场”的时候,内心还是震惊的。

整个市场,坐落在浦东南路高架与高科西路中间极其不起眼的一个位置,甚至哪怕依照着导航指示,司机师傅都仍走过了一条岔路。可以说,这里由外至内都有如迷宫,旧家电、老古董、二手服饰,一溜烟地铺陈开去,但视野范围内的人,却屈指可数。

纵然对以前“安西二手服装市场”有所了解的我,也不禁一愣:它变样了。


The “Hidden” Market

 

Sprawling across two floors, Jinhuanghuang is the successor to two different secondhand markets that no longer exist: one on Yuntai Road in Pudong, on the east side of the river, and one on Dingxi Road in Changning district. It offers all kinds of secondhand wares, but it’s still mainly a destination for the vintage apparel trade, as its alternate English name – “Golden Glory Textile Market” – makes clear.

Oddly, since the market isn’t small, the shops are packed tightly together. The cramped feel, along with a lack of ventilation and daylight, gives the place the damp, musty smell of flea markets everywhere. Still, the shop owners say they’re grateful for the space.


“躲起来”的市场

 

如今的“金煌煌”有两层楼,由以前浦东新区云台路和长宁区安西路两地的二手市场集合而成。虽说试图平衡各种类的二手货物,但仍主要是二手服装交易市场(这个市场的替代英文名称甚至被称为“金色纺织市场”)。

这里空间虽然不小,却和所有二手交易市场一样,到处充斥着一股陈年的、潮湿而晦涩的味道。这或是因为店面之间的空间都过于逼仄,久不通风采光所致。但即便如此,这里的店家对能找到此地也颇为“感激”。

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On the day I visited, I ran into several shop owners who had relocated from the old markets. Still as enthusiastic ever, each one without exception called out to the people passing by: “Come on in and take a look!” When I told them I used to be a regular at the old location, they opened up even more.

“This place is a bit out of the way, but it’s huge,” one shop owner told me in Shanghainese. “It’s actually been over a year since we moved from Dingxi Road.”

“That long?” I gasped. “I only recently heard about this place from a friend of a friend, and I decided to make a special trip out here today.”


我到访的那日,遇上不少从前从旧市场迁址而来的老板和老板娘,但凡有顾客路过的时候,他们无一例外,都会热心又腼腆地和人打招呼:“进来看看!”当得知我是以往的熟客时,谈话便显得更顺畅。

“这块虽然偏,但地方还算蛮大。阿拉从定西路搬到这里一年都有了喔!”听这位店老板的口音,是纯粹的上海人。

“噶长辰光!阿拉才听到消息,今天还是听朋友的朋友介绍的,特特为为跑过来!”

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Reportedly closed for fire safety concerns, the market on Dingxi Road was slated for demolition. The plans kept getting delayed, until one day, without warning, it finally did get demolished, and within a few weeks, no trace of the market remained.

“They tore it down so fast. They cleared everyone out in no time at all, and in the last few days, we were selling at fire-sale prices because we had to leave behind what we couldn’t sell,” the shop owner recalled, voice tinged with regret or sadness.


从前的安西市场,据说是因为消防原因不过关,早说要拆,却迟迟不见动工。到了真的拆迁时,几乎进行得悄无声息,不过几周,市场早已不见了踪影。

“那时候拆得太快,没几天工夫就都清场了。最后那些时候的价格实在是‘放血’甩卖,因为卖不掉的也都不会带走了。”老板说着,言语里竟听不出是遗憾还是感叹。

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“This new spot is pretty hard to find,” I said to the shopkeeper. “If one of my friends hadn’t been here before, I would’ve had no idea where to go.”

He laughed. “Yeah. When I first moved in, the whole market was a ghost town. No one came here.”

Even after I found the entrance, I got lost again amid the sprawl of shops. Only after wandering around in circles for a while did I finally stumble across a stairwell next to a stall. Above the dimly lit stairs, looking like a long-lost friend, a sign read “An’xi Fashion Market.”

But now, after a year, patrons of the old market have begun returning, and business has picked up. “Still, it doesn’t compare to what it was like before,” the shopkeeper sighed.


“这个地方实在难寻,要不是有熟人带路,根本不晓得哪能走。”我感叹道。

因为在找到市场大门之后,我又迷失在偌大的市场里面,几经兜转,才摸索着找到某个摊位边的楼梯口,昏暗的台阶上贴着“安西服饰楼”,才算重会了“故地老友”。

老板一笑,说:“是的咯,刚搬到这里来,整个市场简直是空荡得吓人,完全没人的。”

好在现在由于熟客的回流,生意比开始要稍好一些。“但跟以前是没法比的。”老板又半带感慨地说了一句。

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Less is More

 

Maybe because I saw so little foot traffic, the clothing selection seemed especially broad. Mountains of second-clothing from overseas sat waiting to be ironed and put up for sale.

Wholesale secondhand markets like this used to be quite large and do a brisk business. Bundles and bundles of clothes would arrive and get sent off again within a few days.

“In the old days, when the market was still on Dingxi Road, it was a madhouse! People would show up just after 9:00 in the morning, and on the busiest days we wouldn’t close till after 11:00,” recalled Xiao Chen, another shop owner. “Back then my son was just a little boy, and now he’s 29!”


麻雀虽小,五脏俱全

 

或许是因为人少,显得这里的服装货物尤其多。无数漂洋过海而来的各国二手服装,在这里堆积如山,等待熨烫出售。

曾经有很长一段时间,二手服饰批发的市场很大,“走货”速度也很快,衣服一捆捆地来,不日又一捆捆地被批走。

“最早的时候,市场还在老定西路靠近愚园路的地方。那时候是真忙,每天早上九点多就有人来了,最热闹的时候要到晚上十一点才好关门。”老板娘小陈与我说道,“那时我的儿子才只有几岁,现在已经 29 了!”

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“Sounds like you’re a veteran!” I grinned.

“Not at all,” she laughed. “The real veterans have all retired. I’m one of the younger ones.”

As we made small talk, I rummaged through her clothing, looking for potential additions to my wardrobe.

Each shop arranges clothes in its own way, mostly because the shop owners all choose their clothing differently. Some shops lay the items out right in front, with clearly marked prices ranging from a few dozen to a few hundred renminbi. Some are more selective, and some specialize in outerwear, intimate wear, or secondhand items from international brands. Sometimes you even find things by Gucci, Louis Vuitton, or Dolce & Gabbana, sold at a fraction of the original price.


“那你算是这里的老牌啦!”我说。

“哪有,以前老的那批人都不做啦!我们还算是年轻的喽。”她笑着说。

我和老板娘一搭没一搭地聊着天,一边随手翻着这里的衣物,试图找到合眼缘的一些。

这里的衣物分类方式与众不同,主要也是因为各家店主们的选衣定位不同。有很多店铺的衣服直接铺陈在外面,几十块到几百块不等,明码标价;有些店铺则精挑细选,或是专卖外套、内搭,或是主营国际大牌的二手老款,很多诸如 Gucci、LV、Dolce & Gabbana 等国际品牌,也会在此露脸,并且以低于市场价好几倍的价格抛售。

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Xiao Chen says there used to be even more kinds of shops, with some that specialized in leather accessories and clothing. Many of the most famous vintage or buyer shops in town still source items from Jinhuanghuang. “My customers range from older folks out for a deal to merchandisers who come to buy in bulk,” she explained.

When a regular shows up, Xiao Chen brings out the latest items, often still bunched out and wrinkled in large bags. As a favor she lets them comb through the clothing before it even makes it onto the shelves.


老板娘小陈告诉我,以前市场里的衣服种类更多,还有专门卖皮衣皮鞋皮包的。那些知名的复古买手店,也有不少是从这里进货,“我这里常来一些中老年的客户,也有固定的大客户,一次进好多咯。”

这些大客户倘若来,老板娘们会拿出很多刚进的、没来得及整理挂烫的衣服,直接装在袋子里,熟客来的时候优先让他们挑选,权当送个人情。

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A Hundred Different Styles

 

In Shanghai, where it can feel as though things get more expensive by the day, the market’s down-home prices are a rarity.

That’s why fashionistas from nearby universities come here to shop: the deals are good and the styles are quirky, with plenty of clothes to choose from. But perhaps an even bigger draw are the shop owners themselves, especially the women, who all have their own unique style and are happy share a few fashion tips.


一件衣服的一百种搭配方式

 

对于上海日益攀升的物价,这里的衣物价格拥有与之完全不符的亲切。

所以周边大学里的热衷服装搭配与设计的学生也会选择来此地消费,一来便宜量多,二来风格迥异,可供选择的余地也多,再有,就是这里的店主,尤其是老板娘们,对穿衣打扮也有着自己独到的眼光,能说出不少门道。

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That’s especially true of the shop owner Li Zi.

Her shop was one of the main reasons I came, and she certainly lived up to her reputation.

Dressed in a colorful sweater, she excitedly offered fashion advice as I browsed her racks of clothes.

“He’s tall and skinny. I think he’ll look better with loose, baggier clothes,” she told another customer before turning to me. “Those dress pants are a bit flamboyant, but if you pair them with a solid-colored top, I guarantee they’ll look amazing.”


尤其是这家老板娘,俐子。

这家店我是慕名而来,未曾想真的收获颇丰。

“他人高,又瘦,要穿宽大一点的衣裤,显得更好看。”
“你别看这西裤格子颜色花,但配素一点的上衣,上身绝对好看。”
……

老板娘俐子热情地拉着我,分享着她的穿搭心得。

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“You’ve got a real eye for fashion. Do you ever help your kids pick out what to wear?” I asked.

“My son used to look down on these clothes because they were secondhand. But now that he’s got a job and has learned a thing or two, he’s slowly taking an interest. Now he says, ‘Mom, this brand’s too expensive! My boss wears clothes that cost only a few thousand, and what I have on costs ten times as much,” she laughed.

Here, if you’ve got a keen fashion sense, you can create an eye-catching look with seemingly ordinary vintage wear. You don’t need a lot of money to put together an outfit, just patience and personal taste. After a day spent scavenging the market, while some visitors might come away empty-handed, others might walk out with armfuls of loot.


“阿姨眼光这么好,个么(那么)会给儿子女儿打扮伐?”

“以前我儿子他不肯穿,嫌弃是二手的。但现在工作了以后,‘识货’了,慢慢接受起来。但他现在倒要跟我说,‘妈妈这个牌子的衣服太贵了喔!我老板才穿几千块一件的(品牌衣服),我倒要穿上万的!’”

俐子阿姨爽朗地笑着,她身上的衣服也是一件设计独特的针织衫,款式十分雅致。

在这里,独到的眼光往往能让简单的搭配异常出彩,点亮不少看似平凡的旧衣;在这里,选搭衣服的时候,甚至也并不是依靠消费能力,而要考验各人的品味与耐心——四处兜转了半天,有些人很可能一无所获,有些却能满载而归。

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“GOLDEN GLORY TEXTILE MARKET”

 

For all the warmth the shop owners show, they’re noticeably on their guard. Each time I asked, “Ayi, do you have a business card?” the answer was a resounding “no.”

This is because of the legal gray zone these shops operate in. On the one hand, they want more people to know about the market, so they’ll get more customers and do more business. But they’re even more worried that too much exposure might hasten the market’s closure.  “It’s only a matter of time before this place is demolished, too,” they told me.


“GOLDEN GLORY TEXTILE MARKET”


连问几家店铺的老板娘:“阿姨名片有伐?”得到的回答却都是“没有”,热络地招揽之余,那些防备的神色也显得格外突出。

介于这里的灰色属性,店家们往往带着一种极其矛盾的心理,一方面他们当然希望知晓这里的人越来越多,好带来更多客流量跟生意;但另一方面,更让他们不安的是,这种过度曝光不知道会在什么地方加速推动市场的再一次消亡,这里迟早也是要拆的。

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As the last of the daylight receded, and I slowly made my way outside, I turn back to take one final look at the market. The neon red sign seems to be using its last remaining strength to illuminate the words “Golden Glory Textile Market.” But once I crossed the hectic traffic of West Gaoke Road, an overpass blocked the market from view. And just like that, it was gone.


天色渐晚,我慢慢踱出市场,回身一看,那块红色的招牌好像用它仅剩的一点微不足道的力气追赶着印着“ GOLDEN GLORY TEXTILE MARKET ”,但一穿过车流不息的高科西路,一切都被巨大的天桥挡住,什么也看不到了。

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Begin your free VSCO X trial today for access to the complete VSCO preset library, newest editing tools, and inspiring educational content.


今天就开启你的 VSCO X 免费试用,获取整套 VSCO 滤镜库、最新修图工具和教程内容吧。

Contributor: Chen YuanShou Xing
Photographer: Chan Qu


供稿人: Chen YuanShou Xing
摄影师: Chan Qu

Young & Restless

 

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Today’s Chinese youth have veered away from the country’s conservative roots. They’re breaking through societal expectations in bold, fearless ways to pursue their passions and express themselves.

Our new series, US, spotlights this generation of newly minted freethinkers who are unafraid of questioning tradition and dated ideologies as they reshape the social and cultural fabric of modern China.


今天的中国年轻一代与中国传统的保守思想背道而驰。他们大胆、无畏,打破社会期望,追求自己的激情,直率表达自我。

我们的全新系列《在下》,聚焦这些有着自由灵魂的年轻思想家。他们无惧于挑战传统和过时的思想,同时重塑着现代中国的社会和文化结构。

From left to right: Lao Wang, Yee Qi, and she who shall not be named / 从左到右: 老王,戚烨,不能说出名字的人

In the first installment of US, we meet up with Lao Wang, an illustrator and tattoo artist; Yee Qi, a member of the K-Note dance crew and the founder of independent fashion brand Yee Quadrant; and a visual artist who, due to personal reasons, we are unable to reveal on screen post factum (her face and voice have been disguised, but her commentary unchanged).

The three Shanghai-based creatives chat with us about what it means to be young in China, the role that music plays in their lives, and their perspectives on love in modern times.


在第一期的《在下》,我们找来插画家和纹身艺术老王、K-Note舞蹈队的成员和独立时尚品牌 Yee Quadrant 创始人戚烨,以及一位视觉艺术家,由于私人原因,不方便在屏幕前露脸(我们对她的面部和声音进行伪装处理,当然,她的评论会保留不变)。

这三位创意人会跟我们聊聊,谈论在中国年轻意味着什么,音乐在他们的生活中扮演的角色以及他们对现代爱情的一些看法。

Contributor & Photographer: David Yen
Videographers: Damien Louise, Cheok Lai


供稿人与图片摄影师: David Yen
视频摄影师: Damien Louise, Cheok Lai

Deciphering the Human Experience

Born in Taipei and raised in Shanghai, Jocelyn Tsaih is an illustrator, animator, and designer currently based in New York City. Her artistic style is defined by a distinct, minimalist approach that’s complemented by her quirky sense of humor.

More often than not, Tsaih’s work features a mysterious, amorphous character that’s meant to embody the various facets of modern life. The character, initially based on a stick figure, evolved as a way for Tsaih to convey abstract concepts derived from her own experiences.


在台北出生,在上海长大的 Jocelyn Tsaih 目前长居在纽约,是一名插画家和设计师。她的作品风格简约,且充满着古怪的幽默感。

Jocelyn 的大部分作品里会出现一个神秘的、不定形的角色,意在表达现代生活的方方面面。而这个角色最初是她以火柴人为原型创作的,后来演变成她从自己的经历中传达抽象概念的一种方式。

“It sounds kind of cheesy, but I started drawing it as a way to express my internal conflicts and to represent anything human,” she shares. “As I explored different ways of conveying what I was feeling, I started to use the figure in ways that are more abstract. I think my thought process is that even though we are human, a lot of things about us are intangible, like emotions and feelings.”


“虽然听起来有点俗气,但我一开始画这个角色是为了抒发内心的冲突,表达关于人类的一切。” Jocelyn 说,“随着我尝试用不同的方式来传达自己的感受,我也开始用更抽象的方式来表现这个火柴人。我的想法是,作为人类,很多关于我们的事情都是无形的,譬如情感和感觉。”

Tsaih currently works at WeWork as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator. Outside of her full-time job, she’s equally busy with a constant juggling act between personal and freelance projects. She’s already accumulated an impressive list of clients including Adobe Photoshop, Condé Nast, Nickelodeon, Tictail, and GIPHY. But despite her professional accomplishments, there was a time when Tsaih felt uncertain about her future as an artist. As a teenager, many of her peers discouraged her desire to pursue a career in the arts. It was only after a period of self-doubt and confusion that she decided to trust her own judgment: “I believed that art was valuable, and I pushed myself because I didn’t want people’s skewed perceptions to be validated.”


Jocelyn 目前作为一名全职平面设计师和插画家任职于共享办公空间 WeWork。不上班的时候,她会去创作自己的个人项目和自由职业项目,她曾经合作过的客户里包括 Adobe Photoshop、康泰纳仕集团(Condé Nast)、美国儿童节目频道 Nickelodeon,以及 Tictail 和 GIPHY 网站。虽然如今在事业上获得成功,但曾经有一段时间,Jocelyn 也不确定自己是否真的能成为一名艺术家。十几岁的时候,她的许多同龄人都不鼓励她去追求艺术事业。在经过一段时间的自我怀疑和困惑之后,她才终于决定相信自己的判断:“我相信艺术是有价值的,我不断推动自己去努力,是因为我不希望证明人们扭曲的看法是对的。”

For Jocelyn, creativity comes from being open-minded; it comes from a willingness to dive head first into new experiences, whether it’s interacting with different people or being in an unfamiliar environment. She tells us, “A lot of my work represents my reaction to things, so the more experiences I have, the more ideas I’ll have to turn into drawings.” These days, she’s begun dabbling with ceramics and paintings – processes that, for her, require a lot more time and deeper reflection on the underlying concepts she intends to explore. Patience is a fundamental part of her creative process. “90% of the time is spent thinking an idea over and 10% of the time is spent making the actual work,” she explains, “The final result often looks simple, but it usually takes a long time for me to get to that point, although I know it doesn’t look like it.”


对于 Jocelyn 来说,创意来自于开放的心态和尝试新事物的经历,或是与不同的人互动,或是置身于异国的环境中。她告诉我们:“我的许多作品都表达了我对事物的反应,所以,我的经历越丰富,我才能有越来越多的想法来创作成画。”近来,她一直在涉猎陶瓷和绘画,对她来说,这些艺术创作过程需要花大量的时间对作品内在概念进行反思。Jocelyn 表示,耐心是她创作过程的关键。她解释说:“ 90% 的时间是花在思考上面的,只有 10% 的时间才是花在实际的创作中。最终的作品看起来很简单,但我其实需要很长的时间才能画出来,虽然我知道它看起来不像。”

After six years in New York City, Tsaih is now planning a move to San Francisco in the coming year. She sees this as an opportunity to explore a new environment and experience a change of pace. She shares with us, “Having come from Shanghai to New York, I feel like I’ve only known how to live in very stimulating, fast-paced environments. It might be a little challenging to shift to a slower pace of life, and I might end up hating it, but I hope some good things will come out of the experience either way!”


在纽约生活了六年后,Jocelyn 计划在新的一年搬到旧金山,体验新的环境,转换一下生活节奏。她说:“从上海来到纽约,我觉得自己好像只在紧张刺激、快节奏的环境里生活过。要转变到一种较慢的生活节奏,可能会有点挑战性,甚至我可能最终会讨厌这种生活。但我希望不管怎样,都能在这次经历中取得一些好的收获。”

Customs pins and a tote bag by Jocelyn Tsaih are now available in limited supply on the Neocha Shop. Click into our Shopify below for product details.


Jocelyn Tsaih 限量特供版胸针和帆布袋,现在上线 Neocha 商店,点进微店即可查看商品详情。

 


Jocelyn Tsaih “Into Yourself” 胸针

¥60

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Jocelyn Tsaih “Shapes” 帆布袋

¥110

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Websitewww.jocelyntsaih.com
Instagram: @jocelyntsaih

 

Contributor: George Zhi Zhao
Photographer: Nick Korompilas


网站www.jocelyntsaih.com
Instagram: @jocelyntsaih

 

供稿人: George Zhi Zhao
摄影师: Nick Korompilas

The Absurdities of Life

From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列

Loneliness, depression, insomnia – these are the fragments of life that make their way onto the canvases of Qiu Dandan’s series Xu She (墟舍). The series’ Chinese title directly translates to “empty house” in English, but there is another layer of meaning behind the seemingly straightforward title. The word “empty” (墟) in Chinese is a homophone for the word “imaginary” (虚); this was a clever phonetic wordplay that alludes to both the surreal qualities of the series as well as the underlying theme of alienation. Comprised of bizarre, dream-like scenarios, Xu She is a visual reinterpretation of Qiu’s past experiences and pent-up emotions.


孤独、抑郁、失眠,这些细碎的情绪,被浓缩在一方小画布里,以黑白双色细致地描绘出人物与场景的关联——这是来自艺术家邱丹丹的系列作品《墟舍》,意为虚构/虚幻的场所。其中所有画的创作来源,都来自于艺术家情绪积累的产物,各种臆想或者梦境片段的再加工。

From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列
From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列
From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列

With a keen understanding of human nature, Qiu channels the anxiety and isolation of modern life through her poignant images. Many of her other works, such as the animated series Shi Mian (失眠), which means “Insomnia” in English, touch on similar motifs. All in all, her art isn’t meant to be merely viewed and appreciated – it aims to elicit empathy. “Everyone experiences loneliness, struggle, and hardships,” she states. “We are all subjects and observers. All of us experience pain and meaningless grief. I’m no exception.”


邱丹丹笔下的画,有些荒诞,有些落寞,但作为读者,更多的则是有些“感同身受”。邱丹丹其它的作品,比如动画系列《失眠》也涉猎到相似的主题。她对于人的心理有着天然敏锐的洞察力,因此捕捉到了现代社会人人难以言述的焦虑和孤独感。“每个人在生活里都会经历孤独、挣扎和困境,所有人都既是亲历者又是旁观者,各种庞大的、细碎的痛楚或低靡,填充于生命的各个部分。我自然也不例外。”邱丹丹说。

From the Shi Mian series / 来自《失眠》系列
From the Shi Mian series / 来自《失眠》系列

While growing up in Guizhou, Qiu has experienced first-hand just how unpredictable life can be and bore witness to the best and worst of human nature. These workings of society have given Qiu extensive material to draw from. “I won’t create an image based on any specific event, but all events. Everything I’ve seen and experienced form the foundation of my creative process. I’m deeply intrigued by our social behavior, but at the same time, I’m deeply disappointed by society. Human existence is based around unpredictability and absurdity.”


社会带给邱丹丹和她的作品以巨大的影响。“我不会针对某件事去创作一张画,但所有的事,所有的见闻感受,必然是构成我创作的基石。”在小城市出生和长大的邱丹丹,见识过很多人性的善与恶,甚至也不乏听闻凶险和无常。“总的来说,我既对人类社会充满浓厚兴趣,又对人类社会充满了失望。无常和荒诞是生命的主题。”

From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列
From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列
From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列
From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列
From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列
From the Xu She series / 来自《墟舍》系列

Website: artand.cn/daodou
Weibo: ~/刀豆的豆

 

Contributor: Chen Yuan


网站: artand.cn/daodou
微博: ~/刀豆的豆

 

供稿人: Chen Yuan

Dear Shanghai, I Love You

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Using the powerful presets and tools that come with VSCO X, we’ve put together a photo essay that showcases Shanghai through our eyes. This is Neocha’s tribute to a city that we keep falling in love with over and over again.

 

When most people think of Shanghai, certain sights might immediately come to mind: the lively crowds on the riverside promenade; the hyper-futuristic skyscrapers rising above the Lujiazui skyline; and a legion of mopeds, bicycles, and cars whizzing every which way through downtown. While these sights are representative of Shanghai in their own way, for many, the allure of the city lies in its internationalism, open-mindedness, and reputation as a place of endless opportunities. But beyond these obvious qualities, the city’s rich history and traditional roots form the Shanghai that we know and love.


我们通过VSCO X的滤镜及编辑工具,汇编了一系列照片,以呈现出Neocha心中最爱的上海。

 
 

从灯火通明的浦江两岸,到四通八达的公共交通,再到超未来主义的现代摩天大楼……这是无数人梦想中的上海:大气、国际化、充满机遇。但它决不仅仅如此。

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In our eyes, Shanghai is a petite and elegant city. Being the most populated city in China, some might find “petite” as an absurd adjective to describe the megalopolis. Even prior to Shanghai’s frenzied development, land was considered to be a treasured commodity. This is reflected in the Shanghai’s older streets, which look quite dainty when compared to the streets of other Chinese cities. Many of Shanghai’s older buildings are designed with a similar mindset of maximizing the most of a given space and are equally charming in their “petiteness,” such as the wedge-shaped Wukang Mansion in the French Concession. However, despite limitations, many of Shanghai’s older buildings were constructed with attention to details: Buildings from the Republic of China period best represent this, with Art Deco designs, ornate wood and stone carvings, and beautiful terrazzo flooring being some of the city’s most overlooked gems.


上海是“小”且“精”的。因为它从开埠以来就是寸土寸金之地,街道不宽、空间不大,一些老建筑甚至就见缝插针地矗立在两条逐渐相交的马路上,形成了独特的三角船型立面。坐落在法租界的“武康大楼”就是代表性建筑之一。虽然大部分老建筑的空间本身十分逼仄,但细节之处却是非常之精致。甚至在许多建于民国时期、Art Deco风格的建筑上,如今依旧可见细腻的砖雕木雕及整洁的水磨石地。

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However, the true essence of Shanghai can be best observed in the city’s shikumen lanes or longtangs, which are narrow alleyways that often can only fit two people shoulder to shoulder. Residental areas like these are abuzz with activity: Recyclers are busy at work, collecting and sorting out salvaged goods along the street; vendors lay out a selection of fresh produce and barter with passersby; and repurposed homes serve as convenience stores, hawking everyday essentials to nearby residents.

In these close-packed living quarters, the distinction between public and private is often blurred as neighbors are constantly exposed to each other’s lives. It might seem bothersome to know what your neighbors are arguing about or having for dinner, but for many locals, these living conditions have ultimately contributed to a strong sense of community.


传统的石库门里弄更是浓缩了上海风情,各排房子间仅留有一两人宽的过道,相当“闹忙”:维修和回收旧家电的师傅永远在忙活着;而小商贩沿街铺陈开时令蔬果叫卖;那些塞满杂物的烟纸店,就直接从民居一楼破墙开设。

而住在里弄间的邻里,关系几乎紧密到毫无隐私可言——一家人的饮食起居,几乎都可被对门的邻居一览无遗。但正因如此,弄堂中才洋溢着浓浓市井气。

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To this day, many of the older generation Shanghainese are content with a traditional lifestyle filled with simple pleasures. When the weather is fair, they can be seen hanging laundry out to dry on streets and from balconies; tending to their beloved potted plants; or simply being out and about, soaking up the sun, casually knitting, and chatting the afternoon away.


上海人对市井生活的讲究,也能从细节上看出来。在天气好的时候,家家户户的衣裤被褥一定要晾晒出来;老人家一定要把花草盆栽搬出来侍弄;而退休的阿姨妈妈们则会围坐一圈,织绒线、孵太阳、闲话家常……

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With much of the cityscape and local lifestyle still interwoven with traditions, it’s to be expected that the regional cuisine similarly follows suit. The four breakfast staples, dubbed as si da jin gang (or “Four Heavenly Kings” in English), is comprised of soy milk, Chinese fried churros, baked pancakes with sesame, and stuffed sticky rice rolls. Everything, with the exception of the fried churros, can be made sweet or savory. Another popular snack choice is Shanghai-style tea eggs, which are made with aniseed, sugar, cinnamon, soy sauce, and of course, tea leaves. For dessert, steamed rice cake, garnished with strips of sugar-soaked papaya and orange peels, is a popular with locals. While many of these culinary delights have been glorified under the pen of legendary author Eileen Chang, some have become increasingly harder to find. As the city marches towards the future, a collective nostalgia battles on against the unforgiving nature of time to keep these Shanghainese flavors and memories alive.


哪怕是在上海马路街角卖小吃的摊贩,做得也精细。早点“四大金刚”:豆浆、油条、大饼、粢饭,搭配的口味一定有甜有咸,缺一不可;蒸糕上要撒些青红丝;茶叶蛋里则一定要放桂皮茴香……这些吃食亦在民国作家张爱玲笔下写过,现在仍有得找。一晃几十载春秋过去,只有这味道像是从旧时弥漫而来,尚还驻留在车水马龙之间,未曾消散。

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Contributor: Chen Yuan
Photographers: Crown WangChan QuLi ZiAdam J. SchokoraDavid Yen


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供稿人: Chen Yuan
摄影师: Crown WangChan QuLi ZiAdam J. SchokoraDavid Yen

The Moments In Between

Despite having worked as director Wong Kar-wai’s official set photographer and accumulated years of experience under his belt photographing strangers, landscapes, and countless celebrities, this legendary photographer still isn’t accustomed to being the focus of attention. With cameras turned on him at a recent press conference, he tells the room, “Feel free to ask plenty of questions because I don’t really know what to talk about.”

That’s Wing Shya for you.


他是香港著名导演王家卫的御用摄影师,也曾为张国荣拍过个人写真。他拍过许多明星,也拍过无数路人和风景。但是在面对几个记者的镜头时,他却说,你们可以多问我一些问题,因为我好像不知道要说什么。

这就是夏永康

Wing prefers keeping a low profile and to let his camera do the talking. Even though he’s always on movie sets and working with famous celebrities, he remains humble. “Everyone is busy filming the movie, and I’m there, crouched on the ground, trying to snap a few photos.”

On movie productions, there can be no interruptions when a take begins. It’s only after the director yells “Cut” that any photographs can be taken. As a result, what’s captured is the moment immediately following a take, a split second where the actors let their guards down and show themselves in a more vulnerable state. Wing loves to capture these authentic moments.


夏永康喜欢把姿态放低,躲在镜头背后。虽然时常出没于大牌云集的片场,但通常都是大家都在拍电影,只有我蹲在地上拍剧照。

那是身为剧照师的工作习惯——在正式拍摄的时候,不能够打扰入戏的演员们,只能在导演喊停了之后再拍。这样一来,镜头会捕捉到情绪和姿态都一下子放松的演员,那照片所呈现的感受,也就常常更为私密。夏永康很享受这样的视角,能够躲到背后记录下人们最真实的一面。

Wing says, “I like to document what happens after we wrap on set. People will often ask me, ‘Everything’s finished, so what is there left to shoot?’ But I pay them no mind and keep shooting.” Wing’s always ready on the side, waiting for the right moment – it’s this patience that has allowed Wing to capture his iconic image of Leslie Cheung in contemplation as the actor waited to begin a take. His understanding on the importance of waiting has also allowed him to document the honest range of emotions experienced by directors and crew members alike on various movie sets.

“I won’t try to overshadow the moment. I always try to make myself as ‘small’ as possible. I just enjoy the process of photography; I want to take in the atmosphere and people I’m photographing.” Wing confesses he won’t even look at photographs he’s taken in the past. For him, photography is about being present – it’s about witnessing the moment in real time. 


夏永康说:“我喜欢拍大家收工之后的状态。大家说,都结束了,怎么你还拍?我就还是拍。”缩在角落,等到最后,或许正因为这样,他拍到过张国荣在等开机时的沉思,也拍到了从导演到工作人员或忙碌或放空的神情,人世百态好像尽在其中。

我没有把自己放得太大,我把自己缩得很小。我就是享受,享受拍东西的过程,享受当下的那个环境,那些人。夏永康甚至不看自己曾经拍下的照片,对他来说,拍下的那一刻过去也就过去了,唯独当时当刻、此时此景,才是拍照最真实的意义。

Of course, the subjects, environment, and lighting aren’t always in ideal conditions. Often, Wing has to play around and experiment. “I like mistakes. So a lot of the time, I’ll just have fun and create something out of a mistake.” Wing recalls a time when he was faced with the challenge of shooting in an almost pitch-black room. After improvising and moving light sources around, he ended up taking a three-minute-long exposure. When the photograph was finally developed, he described the shot to be “beautiful, similar to shadows cast by tree branches.”


当然,人物、场景、光线,不可能时时刻刻都完美,这时候夏永康就会想着和光影玩游戏。因为我喜欢错误。所以常常会在错误中去玩些什么。曾经有一次,在近乎全黑的空间里摄影,他亲自上阵打光,上下左右移动光源,最后把接近三分钟的长曝光照片洗出来,光影显得影影绰绰,像是枝叶树林的影子,很好看

Wing’s affinity for making mistakes is linked to his love of authenticity. As someone who’s passionate about capturing genuine moments, Wing prefers using film cameras, seeing it as a medium that’s able to better reproduce reality. The inherent constraints of analog film limit how much his photographs can be manipulated in post-production. What’s initially captured with the camera will often be the final result. For Wing, this is infinitely more fascinating.


所谓喜欢错误,其实是因为喜欢真实。夏永康偏爱使用胶片相机,无法加工修改,无需合成处理,照片中定格的瞬间往往就是最终呈现的模样,这对夏永康来说却更为迷人。真实就是有错误的。

Sometimes Wing will design a narrative and a setting to allow his subjects to better ease into a certain mood. But according to Wing, more often than not, he won’t set anything up at all. Instead, he’ll just let his models chat with an assistant, and he’ll start shooting from the side. “When shooting different people, I’ll use different methods.”


夏永康会设定一个剧本和环境来告诉被拍摄的人,好让人进入情绪,去捕捉情感流露的瞬间。但夏永康说,有时候他也不会假设场景,只让助理和那人先聊起来,他在一旁拍,拍摄不同的人,方法是不一样的。

These past few years, Wing has started photographing landscapes. Hazy, dark, and cryptic, his landscape photography is representative of the photographer’s own changing outlooks on life. Nowadays, when a day isn’t going right, he’ll embrace it as is rather than lamenting. “When it suddenly rains, I used to blame the weather. But now, I’ll work around the weather’s temperamental nature. I treat the weather as if were my girlfriend.”

For Wing, he sees many of his photos as a direct representation of his feelings at the time of capture. As life goes on, his photography changes with it. But to him, there’s never a need to look back and over-analyze the past – Wing lives and shoots in the present.

 


这些年夏永康也拍风景。镜头对准的内容有时候迷雾朦胧,有时候昏暗晦涩,很难让人不去联想到那是否是因为镜头背后的人产生了心境上的变化。夏永康说,如果突然下雨,以前我会怪天气,想为什么今天这么不顺利。但现在我会去和天气玩,把它当作我的女朋友。

但要说什么变化,夏永康却觉得他拍的内容只是当时情景和感受而已,每个阶段都有不同,不曾回头琢磨,也不曾思量过心态的改变——活在当下,就拍在当下。

So when approached with the opportunity to organize a solo exhibition, Wing delivered over 10,000 photographs to Karen Smith, the curator of the exhibition, allowing her to choose which images to showcase. The exhibition isn’t separated by celebrity portraits or personal projects; it spans across different time periods and is difficult to categorize into a single, all-encompassing theme. When asked about this, Wing chuckled, saying, “Theme? It’s hard to paint this exhibition in a single color. If you want to talk about the theme, it would be reality.”


所以在要办展览的时候,夏永康就把一万多张照片统统交管给策展人Karen Smith挑选,最后呈现时既没有刻意区分明星摄影和随手拍的内容,却又都涵盖到了各个时期,他很喜欢,却也让人很难一以概括,用一种相似的底色去描述。对此,夏永康笑着说:底色?那很难说是一种颜色。要说底色的话,就是真实吧。

Wing Shya’s solo exhibition is currently on display at the Shanghai Center of Photography. He’s also recently released a personal photography compilation book, which is available for purchase here. 


现在,夏永康的个人摄影展正在上海摄影艺术中心举行,他的个人摄影集也同期发售,点击此处可以购买。

Event: ACTING OUT – Wing Shya
Exhibition Date: 11/8/2017 ~ 1/10/2018
Opening Hours: Tuesday ~ Saturday

Address:
Shanghai Center of Photography
2555-1 Longing Avenue
Xuhui District, Shanghai
People’s Republic of China

Website: www.wingshya.com

 

Contributor: Chen Yuan
Images Courtesy of SCoP 


活动: “越轨・夏永康”
展期: 2017118——2018110
时间: 周二至周日

地点:
中国
上海徐汇区
龙腾大道2555-1
上海摄影艺术中心

网站www.wingshya.com

 

供稿人: Chen Yuan
图片由上海摄影艺术中心提供

Manhole Covers in China

Have you ever paid attention to what the manhole covers in your city look like? Maybe you’ve noticed that they don’t all look the same – they might be different for natural gas, for running water, for sewage, or for electrical cable systems. Manhole covers actually play many different roles, and their artistic designs are often ignored.

Captivated by manholes covers, street photographer Horsefly1988 created a photo project centered around his observations (filing the project under a Chinese hashtag that translates to #snappingrandommanholecovers). Since 2015, he’s toured almost thirty cities across China, amassing a collection of around 300 photographs of unique manhole covers. As to why he chose this particular hobby, he tells us with candor: “Manhole covers are a part of the city, and those that are well designed bring beauty to their surroundings.” In the interview below, he shares more about why he’s so fascinated by these overlooked manhole lids.


你所在的城市,路上的窨井盖是什么模样?也许你已经发现它们长得并不都一样:燃气有燃气的井盖,消防有消防的井盖,自来水、污水、电缆……其实窨井盖上大都会写明自己的身份,有很多甚至有专用的设计。

热衷拍井盖的业余街拍摄影师 黑乌鸦的嘴 ,开了个私人摄影项目 #携机乱拍窨井盖# ,自2015年至今,他跑过了全国各地将近30个城市,现在已经集齐将近300只形色各异的窨井盖。对于为什么想拍窨井盖这个问题,他坦然地告诉我们:因为窨井盖也是城市的一部分,美丽的井盖能给城市增色不少。但对于常常被人忽视的窨井盖,他还有更多想要和我们分享的故事——

Neocha: Out of all the manhole covers you’ve photographed, which one stands out the most?

Horsefly1988: There’s the one with double dragons from a water utility company in Wuhan. It was actually huge, with a diameter of about 70 centimeters! And this was a manhole cover that I came across early on in my project. I considered it a real milestone. For most people, they probably think of manhole covers as boring, and it was even hard for me to find interesting ones when I first got into photographing them. But after finding that particular one, I began finding more and more good ones, it was like a valve suddenly being opened.


Neocha: 拍了这么多窨井盖,让你印象最深刻的是哪个?

黑乌鸦的嘴: 武汉自来水公司的,双龙的那个。它其实很大,直径大约70厘米!而且这是我开始拍井盖没多久遇到的一个有趣的井盖,可以算是一个里程碑吧。你知道井盖在普通人看来比较无趣,我开始拍的时候也没遇到多少好看的。但自从发现了这个,后面发现的就很多了,感觉像打开了阀门。

Neocha: What kind of manhole covers are you personally drawn to?

Horsefly1988: My favorites are the ones that incorporate Chinese cultural elements, such as Chinese dragons and more ornate patterns. Next are the ones with interesting landmarks, and then it’s the ones with beautiful textures. It’s pretty difficult to find one that have all three of these traits, but I’m still hopeful that I’ll find more. There’s the one with the Shenyang Imperial Palace on it that combines all of these characteristics, I guess it counts.


Neocha: 你个人比较喜欢怎样的窨井盖?

黑乌鸦的嘴:设计含有中国元素的井盖是我的最爱,比如龙虎、传统纹饰这类。其次是有趣的地标,再次是美丽的花纹。要是三者完美结合比较难,但还是希望能看到。像这个沈阳故宫的就算是结合了吧,哈哈。

Neocha: Have you ever looked into who designed or manufactured these manhole covers?

Horsefly1988: I’ve thought about it before, but most of the time I wasn’t able to figure out exactly how to go about it. All of these manhole covers have designers, perhaps on the manufacturer side, or an engineer from the city government. Last year at Shanxi’s Datong Huayan Temple, I took a photograph of a manhole cover and looked into it a bit. It had what appeared to be English script written on it, and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t decipher what it said. After awhile I tried a different approach and used a translation app to look up the word “REGISTRO” and realized it wasn’t English but Spanish. One of my readers, Fein, helped to decipher the text as “Ayuntamiento de Madrid alcantarillado,” indicating that it was made for the Madrid sewage system. I made an educated guess that this cover was from an order of manhole covers that Madrid made to have manufactured in China, and for some reason they were made defective, so the Madrid contractees decided to just leave them to Datong city. After following these clues, I found the original manufacturer in Shanxi and sent an email to them inquiring about the matter, but I haven’t received a response yet.


Neocha: 有没有尝试调查过这些井盖是由谁设计和制作的?

黑乌鸦的嘴: 这个曾经想调查,但不知道如何下手。应该都有人设计,也可能是井盖制造厂设计的,也可能是市政工程师设计的。
我去年在山西大同华严寺旁边拍到过一个窨井盖,算是调查过一下。那个窨井盖上面有一串英文字样,我怎么断句都没有成功。后来我突然开窍,拿翻译软件输入了“REGISTRO”,发现是西班牙语,一位读者Fein帮忙确定断句应该是“Ayuntamiento de Madrid alcantarillado”,西班牙排水的意思。我果断地猜测这是马德里市政在中国订购的井盖,因为做错了,厂家把这些残次品处理给了大同。然后我根据线索一直找,应该算找到了当时做这个井盖的山西供应商吧,发邮件去咨询了,但是至今还没有回复。

Neocha: In all of the cities you’ve visited, which one has the best manhole covers?

Horsefly1988: I feel like the developed coastal port cities always hold surprises. Presently, Wuhan, Beijing, and Dunhuang are the cities where I’ve discovered the most interesting manhole covers.


Neocha: 在你现在拍过的窨井盖中,哪个城市好看的窨井盖最多?

黑乌鸦的嘴: 我觉得以前开放口岸的城市井盖都会给人惊喜。目前在武汉、北京拍到的好看的最多,然后敦煌也发现不少。

Neocha: What kind of role do you think manhole covers play in the greater context of the city?

Horsefly1988: I think that they’re like the finishing touches of a city. If a city has developed to the point that it can consider something like the designs of manhole covers, then it says something about how well-managed that city is. If a city hasn’t developed too well, but their manhole covers are well designed, then it says something about the cultural inclinations of the city government.


Neocha: 你觉得窨井盖在城市文明中扮演怎样的角色?

黑乌鸦的嘴: 井盖应该是扮演着一个点睛的角色,如果一个城市的文明都已经考虑到用井盖来体现了,说明这个城市的管理基本面已经比较到位了;如果一个城市管理还未到位,然而他们的井盖却很有趣,说明这个城市的管理者有一定的人文情怀。

Horsefly1988’s ongoing #snappingrandommanholes project continues to bring attention to these neglected, metallic works of art, hopefully inspiring more people to be mindful of the beautiful details that can be found in their own cities, which might just very well be right beneath their feet.


黑乌鸦的嘴的私人摄影项目 #携机乱拍窨井盖# 依然还在进行中,这些我们脚下被忽视的铁皮画布所呈现的美,也让越来越多行色匆匆的人停下了脚步,去留意和记录以往不曾发现的城市细节。

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Contributor: Chen Yuan


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供稿人: Chen Yuan

Inkee Wang’s Strange, Quirky World

A master’s graduate from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Inkee Wang is a Shanghai-based illustrator with a lovable and colorful style. Her quirky sense of humor shines through in her characters and their strange, elongated limbs. In recent years alone, she’s collaborated with notable publications and brands such as Bloomberg, Art Bazaar, and ONE.


从伦敦皇家艺术学院硕士毕业的Inkee Wang(王颖琦)目前居住于上海。她的插画风格很受欢迎,活泼欢乐的主题、长手长脚的画中人,怎么看都有一种奇妙的幽默感。近年来,她与Bloomberg、Art Bazaar、“一个”及其他各大商业或文艺媒体都有过合作。

With regard to her unique style, Inkee tells us that it developed almost accidentally. “My older works were more rigid because I was just learning how to use the Path tool in After Effects and creating twisting motions was the best way to express this tool’s features so I created a dancing black cat. The long limbs came about because I thought they were aesthetically pleasing.” Inkee has always enjoyed sharing the untold stories of different individuals. While the characters in her works are not necessarily direct portrayals of people in real life, they’re nevertheless subtly inspired by the mannerisms and personality traits of the people that surround her.


对于这样的诙谐画风,Inkee表示它来自偶然,“我之前的画比较僵直,因为那时候我刚学会在 After Effect 里面用 Path 做动画,扭动比较能体现这个工具的特征,所以就创作了一只舞动的黑猫。而长手长脚是因为我觉得相对有美感。” Inkee一直想要展现人物背后的小故事,画中的人们在现实生活中虽然没有一对一的参照,但其性格特征、说话方式,都会受到长期生活的身边人所影响,所以也都会在她的画中潜移默化地展露出个性。

For Inkee, inspiration comes mostly from people and plants. Even in a piece that was clearly themed around music, Inkee is able to find a way to incorporate her favorite subject matter. “I wanted to use the boiling of of my four favorite vegetables to depict the rhythmic qualities of music – together, they become a healthy and tasty quartet.” (QUARTET was featured in the Soft Candy manga series published by ONE)


对她来说,画画的灵感来自人,也来自草木。比如明明主题是音乐的作品,Inkee却“希望能通过烹煮最喜欢的4个蔬菜来提现音乐的节奏感,他们是很健康美味的四重奏组合。”(《四重奏》系列插画刊登于一个App工作室旗下软糖漫画的条漫)

From attending school to working full-time, Inkee has persevered with her illustrations. “The most simple reason is that I like it,” she says. Inkee describes herself as “still having a lot of questions about the world” and plans to improve on her visual storytelling, learn more about 3D art, and create more works by hand. But for now, Inkee says that her most important task at hand is to read more books so that she can satisfy her sense of curiosity.


从学业到工作,Inkee一直坚持在画画,最直接的理由,是因为喜欢Inkee说自己对世界还抱有很多疑问,接下去还会继续尝试画故事、学学3D、做一些立体的手工,重要的还得多读书解疑

Website: cargocollective.com/inkeewang
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: ~/InkeeWang
Weibo~/InkeeWang

 

Contributor: Chen Yuan


网站: cargocollective.com/inkeewang
Behance
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微博~/InkeeWang

 

供稿人: Chen Yuan