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The Faces of Youth

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

Human Capital

Welcome to the Jing is a photobook project shot by French photographer Laurent Hou between 2013 and 2017. Hou, who’s based in Morocco, took the photos during his last few years living in Beijing, when he got to witness a special moment in the city’s history: after the Olympics and before the citywide demolition of illegal buildings that began in 2017. Hou snapped around 100,000 shots, mostly of people and things inside the city center.


Welcome to the Jing》(《京城欢迎你》)是始于 2013 年,止于 2017 年的摄影书项目。摄影师是来自法国的 Laurent Hou,目前生活在摩洛哥。这个项目创作于他在京生活的后几年,却正好见证了北京历史上的一个特殊时刻:在奥运会之后,在 2017 年开始的“全城拆违”前。Laurent 的镜头对准了北京三环内的人物和景色,按下了约 10 万次快门。

“Although central Beijing is already overphotographed, this project brings a different vision,” says Hou. “Other series focus either on the traditional aspects of the hutongs or the modern architecture in the business district. And pictures aren’t merely a description of Beijing, because the photographer’s vision plays a crucial role.”


虽然人们可能会认为,北京市中心已经被拍滥了,但这个项目带来了与所有系列照片不同的视角。” Laurent 如此说道,“这些照片要么侧重于胡同的纯粹传统方面,要么侧重于中央商务区的现代建筑方面。且图片并不仅仅是对北京的描述,因为摄影者的视野发挥着至关重要的作用。

Hou has chosen to make a photo book of the series because he thinks that’s the best way to present the work. He hopes to publish it soon. “The recurring motifs, the variety of the subjects, the tangle of different narratives, and the quantity of pictures called for a book rather than an exhibition of 20-30 pictures,” he explains. “The book form is also more intimate, and turning the pages mirrors the act of walking through the city. I want readers to look at the stream of pictures as if they were wandering the streets of Beijing and running into all these quirky situations.”


而之所以用摄影书的形式,则是展示这些作品最有趣的方式之一,Laurent 希望能早点看到它出版成册。反复出现的话题,主题的多样性,不同叙事的纠缠,以及图片的数量,都要求制作一本书,而不是做个 20-30 幅图片的展览。书的形式更为贴切,翻页反映了在城市中行走的模样。我想让读者看到一连串的图片,就能联想到自己在北京的街道上漫步,遇到所有这些有趣或离奇的情况。”

Since he started the project, almost six years have gone by. Hou says his vision for the project didn’t come into focus until long after he’d been taking pictures of his surroundings. Only once he made some preliminary selections did it start to take shape. “The vision developed during those six years, which was also a period when I learned a lot about photography,” he says. “And I don’t mean the technique, I mean getting to know the works of great photographers, emerging photographers—understanding different styles and trends, thinking about authorship in photography and the meaning of the photobook as a form.”


从项目伊始到现在,已历经了将近六年时间。Laurent 说这个主题的形成是在已拍摄周围很长时间之后,经过初步选择,才确定下来的。“这六年间发展出的主题,也是我学习摄影的一个阶段吧。我指的不是技术,而是了解伟大的摄影师、新兴摄影师的作品,了解不同的风格和趋势,思考摄影中的作者身份,以及摄影书作为一种形式的意义吧。”

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Photography in the Raw

Beijing-based photographer Yum Tang is particular about food. “I like to challenge myself to try new things,” she says. Her passion for food challenges goes well beyond eating it—more often than not, what really fascinates her is finding the most original ways to photograph it.


现居北京的摄影师 Yum Tang(汤汤)是这样形容自己 “有时候比较挑食,喜欢挑战没吃过的食物”。她挑战食物的热情不只展现在料理上,很多时候,如何拍出食物最让人意想不到的样子,更是让她如此为之着迷的原因。

“People tend to think about what they like to eat, but even if they go to the market every day, they haven’t really thought about what those foods look like in their original state,” she says. “The ingredients come from nature, and many of them, when you look closely, have limitless potential, just like people. I want to document nature’s creativity.”

As a photographer, Tang is focused entirely on shooting food. She’s constantly exploring new ingredients and revealing the inherent beauty in their structure, color, and texture. Even in the raw, food can become a work of art.


“很多时候大家总在想什么好吃,即使天天逛菜市场,似乎也没有仔细看过这些食物本来的样子。食材是大自然创造出来的,很多食材其实仔细看,它们和人一样拥有无限的可能性,我想记录下大自然的别出心裁。”

作为一位摄影师,汤汤全心投入在食物摄影的领域,不停地在各种食材之间探索,把它们与生具来的美感,从结构、颜色、到肌理都发挥到极致。单就食物本身,无需料理,也能成为一道艺术品。

Tang painstakingly designs each scene and shot: it’s almost as though she built a miniature stage just for food. Here the ingredients are are front and center. They’ve taken on a new life, and they’re no longer just for eating. With these intriguing creations, Tang invites us to view food in its overlooked, uncooked state.


她别具匠心的场景和画面设计,就像是一个用尽心思、专为食物打造搭建的小剧场。食材登上舞台,脱离了平常只用来品尝的既定印象,仿佛都获得了新生。通过这样有趣的创作,邀请你来一起看看这些食材平时被忽略的原貌。

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供稿人: Yang Yixuan

Malaysian Colors

Bright. Bold. Brilliant. Just a few words that might come to mind when you see Daniel Adam’s photography. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Adam is inspired by social issues in Malaysia and by the visual stimulation of the country’s daily life, which he saturates with color and turns into something fresh. This is especially true in the vibrant photographs of his Batik series.

In this series, Malaysians of all colors, shapes, and sizes, predominantly women, are clothed in richly patterned fabric dotted with floral motifs and set against a backdrop of the same material. There aren’t any elaborate props, just designs and tones that catch the eye.


鲜艳、大胆、精彩——当你看到 Daniel Adam 充满活力的摄影作品时,脑海可能也蹦出这几个词。Daniel 现在生活在吉隆坡,他以日常生活中看到的视觉刺激以及马来西亚当地社会问题为灵感,创作出一系列满溢色彩与创意、令人眼前一新的作品,譬如他最近的摄影系列《Batik》(《蜡染》)。

在这一组照片中,不同肤色、体形与身材的马来西亚人(大部分为女性)身穿点缀花卉图案的华丽面料,站在同样色彩丰富的背景布前,没有任何精心设计的道具,画面中的色彩与图案已经足够引人入胜。

Adam first started dabbling in photography at the age of 14, armed a compact camera and a budding curiosity about the medium. His curiosity soon grew into passion, and he went on to take a degree in photography at Falmouth University in Cornwall before moving back to Malaysia late last year.

After returning from the UK, Adam felt something was missing. Having spent so much time outside of his home country, he was out of touch with his culture, and wanted a way to reconnect to his roots. For an artist, what better way to do so than to channel his feelings creatively?

Thus the Batik series was born.


Daniel 第一次接触摄影是在 14 岁的时候,带着一部小型相机,他开始好奇地探索着摄影这一种媒介。这种好奇心很快发展成一种热爱,之后,他前往英国康沃尔(Cornwall)的法尔茅斯大学(Falmouth University)修读摄影专业,直到去年年底回到马来西亚。

从英国回来后,Daniel 总觉得若有所失。在国外生活了这么长的时间,他感觉与自己的文化逐渐脱节,他想要重新与自己的文化根脉相联结。对于一个艺术家来说,还能有什么更好的方法来表达情感呢?

由此,《Batik》系列诞生了。

Batik is a cloth-dyeing technique that originated in Indonesia, and it’s used both for traditional garments like sarongs and everyday wear such as men’s shirts. Patterns are first drawn on the cloth with a pencil and then redrawn with a hot wax made from beeswax or paraffin and sometimes mixed with plant resins. The wax acts as  a “dye resist,” so that when the fabric is soaked in dye, the treated areas retain their original color, forming a contrast and thus creating the pattern.

The wax is applied to the cloth using a pen-like instrument called a canting or tjanting (in old Dutch orthography) for small dots and fine lines, a stiff brush for larger patterns, or a copper block stamp called a cap for very broad areas. After soaking, the wax is finally scraped or boiled off, and the process is repeated if there are multiple colors involved in the design. Malaysian batik differs from Indonesian Javanese batik in its larger and simpler patterns and its emphasis on brushwork. Most designs are derived from nature and are symbolic.


Batik,蜡染,是一种布染色技术,源自印度尼西亚,既用于制作传统服装,如“纱笼”(sarong,裹在腰或胸以下的长条布裙),也用于制作男式衬衫等日常服装。先用铅笔将图案画在布料上,然后用蜂蜡或石蜡(有时还会加上植物树脂)制成的热蜡重新绘画。蜡的作用是防止染色,所以当织物浸泡在染料中,有蜡的地方就能保留原来的颜色,从而通过不同色彩的对比,构成各种图案。

涂蜡时会用到不同的工具。用以绘出小点和细线的笔,是一种名为 canting 或 tjanting(古荷兰语)的笔尖式蜡染工具,而硬毛刷则用来画较大图案,被称为“盖子”(cap)的铜块印章,则用来印画更大面积的图案。浸泡后,蜡最终会被刮掉或煮掉,如果布料的设计涉及多种颜色,就要多次重复这个过程。

不同于印度尼西亚爪哇岛蜡染,马来西亚蜡染的图案更大、更简洁,同时更强调图案的笔触,大多数的图案设计灵感源于自然界,蕴含象征意义。

Daniel sourced his batik pieces from a corner shop in Chinatown for RM10 apiece, and then just started shooting. His models are set against giant sheets of batik, with clothes and headpieces made of the traditional fabric. But the portraits themselves are far from traditional, with faces of Malaysians with skin and features that show the many branches of the country’s family tree.

This blended aesthetic is fully intentional. Instead of photographing only the three “main” races of Malaysia—Chinese, Malay, and Indian—Adam wanted to break down racial barriers by including people of mixed heritage, like Chinese-Malay, Indian-Chinese, or Eurasian. What became the unifying point was Malaysian-ness itself, and batik stood in as its flag.


Daniel 在唐人街的街角小店以每件 10 马币的价格购买蜡染面料,然后直接开始拍摄。他让模特穿上色彩鲜艳的服装与头饰,然后站在巨幅的 batik 蜡染布前。然而不同于传统的肖像摄影,他的这一系列作品展现了来自不同种族、文化的马来西亚人们的面孔和特色。

这种多元化的美感正是 Daniel 的创作意图。他不想只拍摄马来西亚的三大种族,即华人、马来人与印度人,他希望打破种族壁垒,拍摄那些不同种族的混血儿,如中马混血、中印混血或欧亚混血儿,表达出他们之间的统一点,即他们作为马来西亚人的身份,而 batik 蜡染可以说是这一主题的鲜明代表。

“I wanted to showcase diversity,” Daniel says about his series and his inclusion of every kind of race in the photographs. “I want to take away all the barriers and labels that we put on each other—for everyone to see that we just belong to one community. This beautiful and traditional art form, this design—it’s Malaysian, so it’s all linked, it brings everyone together. It’s not just about educating others and myself on batik. It’s about this connection, that we’re all Malaysian.”


“我想展示出多元化。” Daniel 解释这个系列的创作初衷以及他为什么要拍摄不同种族的人群,“我想把人们所设立的所有隔阂与标签都去掉,让每个人明白,我们全都同属一个社区。而这种美丽的传统艺术、它的设计,代表了马来西亚,它是所有人的连接点,将大家联系在一起。这不仅仅是在向别人和我自己宣传 batik 蜡染,更重要是让人们联结起来,我们都是马来西亚人。”

It didn’t take long for this series, initially a self-education and reconnection project, to become a full-blown celebration of Malaysian diversity. On Hari Merdeka, the Malaysian Independence Day, celebrated every year on August 31, the Batik Series was on full display alongside works by two other fellow local photographers, Emma Khoo and John Kam, in an exhibition at APW in Bangsar, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur. This exhibition aimed to illustrate what it means to be Malaysian: differences were recognized, celebrated, and brought together in a single exhibition.

It was truly a moment of reconnection, as Adam fondly remembers. “It was really nice for opening night—especially since we only planned it a week and a half before the event!” he says. “You got to see different people from different cultures and religions coming together and mingling—that’s the Malaysia that you expect to see.”


很快,这个充满教育意义和促进社会团结的项目,也成为了对马来西亚多元文化的一次盛大展示。每年 8 月 31 日是马来西亚独立日(Hari Merdeka),为了庆祝这个国家最重要的日子,《Batik》与其它两名当地摄影师 Emma Khoo 和 John Kam 的作品一起,在吉隆坡的郊区孟沙 APW 的展览中共同展出。本次展览旨在表达“何为马来西亚人”的主题。在这个展览中,多元化得到了承认并被呈现出来,且将来看展的人们牢牢凝聚起来。

这是真正意义上的重新联结。Daniel 开心地回忆道:“开幕夜真的特别棒,尤其那是我们在活动举办一周半之前才开始筹备的!来自不同文化和宗教的人们全都聚集在一起,这正是我们所期望看到的马来西亚。”

Picturing Loneliness in Japan

Even though everyone experiences it in their lives, loneliness remains stigmatized. Acknowledging it can feel shameful, like an admission of weakness or vulnerability. But thinking about loneliness in a different light, and fully embracing it, can be liberating. Photographer Gili Benita recently traveled to Japan, where a glimpse into the country’s solitary life transformed his negative outlook: he realized he wasn’t alone in his loneliness—and he could even grow to enjoy it.


所有人都曾经历过孤独。可人们却觉得孤独是可耻的,承认孤独,就等同于承认自己的弱点或缺陷。不如,换一种角度来思考孤独呢?拥抱孤独,也是在解放自己。摄影师 Gili Benita 最近前往日本,在那里,他所瞥见的各种孤独生活,改变了他对孤独的负面想法:他意识到,孤独者并非他一个,他甚至学会去享受孤独。

Benita’s newfound understanding inspired his photo series Kodoku (Japanese for “loneliness”).  While the series is filled with snapshots of strangers, the project was a way for Benita to look inward and understand himself. Each passerby represents Benita’s own solitude: a single figure in the distance strolling along sandy dunes with the vast ocean spreading out before him; a man enjoying the pleasant weather, reading and lounging in the park by himself; a single beam of light illuminating the face of a woman with her eyes closed, as if savoring the shadows that seem to be swallowing her. In each image, Benita removes the melancholy associations of being alone, substituting a sense of freedom, serenity, and empowerment.


Gili 的新发现激发了他创作《Kodoku》(日语意为“孤独”)摄影系列。虽说系列中他所拍摄的都是陌生人,但这个项目也是 Gili 自我反思与了解自己的一种方式。照片中的每位陌生人都折射出 Gili 自己内心的孤独:一抹剪影,在远处沙丘上漫步,他面前是无垠大海;一个男子,独自在公园里读书和闲逛,享受着宜人天气;黑暗中的一束光,照在一名女子的脸上,而她正闭着眼,像是在细细品味这即将把她吞没的阴影。在这些照片中,Gili 抛弃掉孤独一贯所伴随的忧郁情绪,取而代之呈现出自由、安祥和静默的能量。

“This project is really important for me, because it allowed me to reconcile one of my biggest issues in life,” Benita shares. “These photos allowed me to finally have an honest conversation with myself.”

Rather than avoiding solitude, Benita now welcomes it. He now understands loneliness to be a natural part of human existence and believes that once a person accepts this, they can begin to appreciate its beauty.


“这个项目对我来说非常重要,因为它帮我克服了在生活中面临的一个最大的问题。” Gili 说,“这些照片让我终于能和自己进行了一次坦诚的交谈。”

现在,Gili 不再逃避孤独,转而去拥抱它。他明白,孤独是人类存在的一部分,如果你能坦然接受它,就可以开始欣赏到它的美。

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Contributor: David Yen


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供稿人: David Yen

A Moment’s Encounter

Some photographers find their calling at an early age, playing around with a parent’s camera and taking snapshots of their friends. Not Su Yang, who also works under the name Jan Sol. As a child, he never felt drawn to photography, and he didn’t really start taking pictures until college. “I was studying advertising, and a professor told us to carry around a camera, so we could capture inspiration on the fly,” he says. “I liked taking shots of scenery everywhere, and when I put them online, to my surprise a lot of people liked them, which motivated me to keep going.” Eventually, magazines and fashion brands took note and started seeking him out for collaborations—and before long, almost by accident, he’d become a professional photographer.


有些摄影师很早就对摄影产生兴趣,喜欢摆弄父母的相机,拍摄他们朋友。但对苏洋来说却并非如此。小时候的他从未对摄影格外感兴趣,直到上大学他才真正开始拍照。他说:“我当时在学广告,那时候老师会建议我们随身带一个小相机,可以随时抓到一些灵感。然后我就喜欢到处拍一些风景,没想到传到网上还挺多人喜欢的,这就给了我一些动力继续拍下去。” 杂志和时尚品牌最终注意到他的作品,并开始与他合作。就这么偶然间,他很快成为了一名专业摄影师。

Unsurprisingly for a fashion photographer, most of Su’s work features human subjects. Yet that wasn’t always the case. “When I first started out, I didn’t like to take pictures of people at all,” he says. “I was far more interested in the world around me than in other people—and not just in terms of photography.” Shots of scenes and landscapes seemed let him more easily express his moods.

Later, as he started taking fashion assignments more regularly, he began to study the works of classic photographers and became fascinated with how they captured their subjects at a particular moment. “Only then did I start to practice, and the more I shot human subjects, the more interesting I found them.”


作为一名时尚摄影师来说,他的作品自然大多是人像作品,但他说,“其实最开始拍照的时候,我是一点都不爱拍人的。” 他说,“我当时对周遭环境事物的兴趣远远大过对人的兴趣,不仅仅是在摄影上。” 对他来说,场景和风景照片更适合传达情绪。

后来,因为时装项目越来越多,他开始研究著名摄影师的作品,对他们在瞬间内捕捉人物的技术入迷万分。“那时候起我自己也才开始进行练习,之后就是越拍越觉得人物非常有意思。”

Even Su’s noncommercial photography carries the imprint of his background in fashion. He often shoots his models alone in a room, sitting half-naked on a bed or on the floor, sunlight filtering onto rumpled bedsheets. The models have an air of self-conscious vulnerability as if they’re aware of how exposed they are—and aware too of how unnatural their position is, how strange it is to be sitting for a photograph. Su seems almost to be reminding us how carefully staged the moment is.   

In one photo, for example, two models, chests bared, look directly at the camera, their eyes meeting the viewer’s gaze. Yet their candor is at odds with their tension in their arms and the affectation of the props in front of them—a dinosaur figurine, a dragonfruit, and an open pomegranate. This combination of intimacy and artifice resembles nothing so much as a fashion shoot.


甚至连苏洋的非商业摄影也带有时尚摄影作品的痕迹。他的作品常常是他与一名模特呆在一间房间里就完成拍摄的。模特半裸地坐在床上或地板上,阳光投射在皱巴巴的床单上。镜头下的模特展现出一种害羞不安的脆弱,仿佛他们清楚知道自己暴露于镜头前,也意识到自己的姿势有多不自然,意识到这样坐着被人拍照的自己有多奇怪。几乎可以说,苏洋是要提醒我们,照片所捕捉的这一刻正是经过精心安排的。

例如,在以下的照片,两名模特裸露上身,直视相机,他们的眼睛直接迎向了观众的目光。然而,与模特坦率的眼神相对应的,是他们双臂的姿势及面前道具(恐龙公仔、火龙果与剥开了的石榴)所呈现的,这种半亲密半虚构的感觉难免让人联想到时尚摄影。

For Su, taking photos of human subjects offers than just an glimpse of a life at a moment in time. It forges a link between photographer and subject. “It’s about you participating in an interactive relationship—in the relationship between you and someone else. Your every move affects it,” he notes philosophically. “Whenever I shoot people, I’m actually constantly learning new ways to interact or connect. This is something really wonderful, even a bit zen.”


对于苏洋来说,拍摄人像照片不仅仅是对生命中某个时刻的一瞥,更是在摄影师和模特之间建立联系。“这个过程不仅仅是你单方面地去捕捉一些画面和角度,而是你本身就参与在这一个互动关系——你与他人的关系之中,你自己的一举一动都牵动着它。” 他指出,“我后来会认为我自己在拍摄人物的过程中其实是在不断学习与人交流或者交往的一个途径,这个事情非常奇妙,甚至有些禅意。”

His most recent project, Shanghai Passengers, is a study in the fleeting connections forged by the outsiders who pass through China’s largest city. “In recent years, Shanghai has had more interaction with the broader world. Every day a lot of people come and go, either stopping by for a few days or staying on for a year or two.” These visitors come with diverse backgrounds, and they mold their identity in response to their surroundings. “I find this fascinating. It’s like peering out from a box into a room, and this room is a part of the city.”


他最近的项目《Shanghai Passengers》(《上海过路人》)探讨着外来人在这座大都市参与的那些短暂互动关系。“我觉得上海近几年来与外界发生的联系越来越多,每天都会有很多人来来去去,短暂停留几天或是来呆个一两年。他们来自不同的文化社会背景,来到上海之后自然而然有一个自我身份与环境融合的过程,我觉得这个东西很有趣,像是从一个盒子里窥视一个房间,而这个房间又是城市的一部分。”

Recently Su has begun re-evaluating his relationship to his art. “For the last year or two what I’ve focused on is pausing and returning to my own life, immersing myself in my relationship to my surroundings, and trying to get out of the ruts of my previous photography.” 

Oddly enough, his philosophical view of photography as source of human connection has led him to turn his lens back to scenes without people. “I’ve become interested in real things again. I’ve returned to landscapes and documentary photography,” he says. “It’s like a circle, and you’ve reached a certain point again. But then you discover it’s really different from last time.”


最近,苏洋开始重新审视自己与艺术的关系, “近一两年更多是停下来重新回归到自己的生活里,融入到自己与周遭的关系里,尽力抛除以前拍摄时候的 ‘惯性’。”

奇怪的是,他这种将摄影视为人际关系源泉的想法却使他将镜头再次转向没有人物的场景。他说:“我又开始感兴趣那些最真实的事物,所以也会再度去拍一些风景或是纪实类摄影,这就像一个圆,又回到了某一个位置,但你会发现。这次和上一次又很不一样。”

This newfound interest in things is less a move away from human subjects than an attempt to hone a style. Whether he’s shooting for a fashion brand or working on his own projects, Su seeks to make his photography distinctively his own. “Now I understand my work as conveying a sense that it’s mine,” he says. “It’s a pretty individualized thing.”


重拾对事物的兴趣并不意味着他要减少人像作品,而更多的是磨练风格的尝试。无论是时尚品牌委托的拍摄还是个人项目,苏洋都试图让自己的摄影作品与众不同,正如他说:“现在我对作品的理解,就是传递一些自己的气息,它带有强烈的个人化特质。”

Website: jan-sol.com
Instagram: @jan_sol

 

Contributor: Allen Young


网站: jan-sol.com
Instagram: @jan_sol

 

供稿人: Allen Young

China’s Contemporary Ruins

海边

Green fields stretching to the horizon and trees rising up to the sky, bridges crossing streams and trails of smoke rising from the chimney of a house—that’s what you expect to see in the traditional landscapes of Chinese shanshui art, whose name literally means “mountains and water.”

But the scenes captured by Zhang Kechun have none of this. His series Between the Mountain and the Water is shrouded in stillness, poverty, and thick smog. The locations he shot certainly lie between mountains and water, but high rises have replaced the green peaks, and debris has stopped up the flowing rivers.


山水之间,本应是绿野遍布,古树参天,再有小桥流水人家,炊烟袅袅。

但在张克纯用镜头所记录的景象中,没有这些。它们沉寂、凋敝、甚至说雾霾重重——这系列《山水之间》的取景之地,确确实实在中国内陆的大山大水中间。只是,高楼取代了青山,断垣截住了流水。

山涧修路
游泳重庆
断桥 达坂城

In 2008, Zhang Kechun experienced first-hand the cataclysmic Wenchuan earthquake in northwestern Sichuan, and the snapshot he took of that terrifying moment won him the National Geographic Picks Global Contest.  The experience, he says, “broadened his field of vision and made his work more systematic.” After shooting his series The Yellow River, in which he traced the waterway up to its source, his photography “naturally expanded to cover the entire country.” And that’s how this new series came about.

Scouting out the perfect location is essential to every shoot. Barren mountains, crumbling walls, surreal scenes with clusters of high rises—they’re all hidden in plain sight, waiting to be discovered. The hazy, low-contrast feel of his images also doesn’t need much post-processing, it just needs to be shot on an overcast day.


2008 年,张克纯亲历了那场灾难性的汶川大地震,抓拍到震撼的瞬间,让他一举获得美国国家地理学会全球摄影大赛自然类大奖。这段经历所带给张克纯的,他说,是让他的 “视野更宽泛,工作更系统”。在拍摄完沿着黄河溯源的《北流活活》系列之后,张克纯镜头里的视野,就 “自然而然地覆盖到整个国家”。因此,这个系列也就应运而生了。

通常,他会先通过各种渠道找到这些地方,然后前去拍摄。荒山、断壁、高楼群起的超现实的场景,都是现成的。那画面中朦胧阴郁的色调,要拍到也并不难,只要在阴天的时候去拍,再经过一些处理就可以了。

江边喝茶的人
警校
环球中心

“My focus has really always been how ordinary people get by in such a rapidly developing country. Against a sweeping historical backdrop, I look at the lives of those who play bit parts,” Zhang says. “I covered practically the whole country to take these photos.”

The scene that left the deepest impression on him is an image of students holding class under a truncated bridge. The imposingly tall structure cuts through the landscape, heading who knows where, while a group of students lined up in rows attend a physical education class underneath, obediently following instructions.

“I think it’s a metaphor for the current state of China,” he says of the photo. He thinks all of his works are very explicit: they’re the kind of image that can be easily understood at a glance. Perhaps his photos, in the subjects they capture and the stories they tell, offer a thinly veiled commentary on a country constantly in the throes of sweeping change.


“其实我一直在关注处在高速发展中的这个国家下的普通人的状态。一个大的时代背景下,小人物的生活。” 张克纯说。“我几乎跑遍了整个中国来拍摄这些照片。”

让他感触最深的,是这张站在断桥下上课的学生们——擎天的大桥横断,不知去往何处;而底下的学子莘莘在上体育课,排排站立,悉听规训。

我觉得它隐喻了中国的现状。” 张克纯说。他说他的作品很直白,是那种观众可以一眼看明白的照片。那么,也许他要说的东西,要阐述的故事,作为观者的你我,应该也可以通过这一张张照片体悟出来罢。

泸州长江桥后
矿山前
朝天门大桥下

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Contributor:  Chen Yuan


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供稿人:  Chen Yuan

Love through the Lens

Like the Beatles, Jeon Yunyoung thinks all you need is love. The Seoul-based photographer, who works under the name Neuj, sees love as an omnipresent force that powers the world, and believes it comes in all shapes and sizes. His photography reflects this belief, sometimes in obvious ways, with lovers locked in a passionate embrace, and other times more subtly, by choosing as his subject a close friend or family member.

“I want to convey all the emotions I feel in my photographs,” he explains. “But I also hope that, by sharing my work, and by establishing a relationship between artist and audience, I can spark new feelings.”


像披头士乐队(Beatles)一样,首尔摄影师 Jeon Yunyoung 也认为“爱才是人们最需要的”(All we need is love)。他将爱视为一种无所不在的力量,是世界的原动力。他坚信,爱会呈现出各种形态。他的摄影作品恰恰反映出这种信念,有时,爱以明显的方式呈现,譬如热情相拥的恋人;有时则更微妙,譬如摄影的对象是他的好友或家人,爱就通过镜头含蓄地展露。

“我希望在照片中传达出自己的所有情感。”他解释道,“但我也希望通过分享我的作品,建立艺术家和观众之间的联系,以此给观者带来一些新的感受。”

Website: jeonyunyoung.com
Instagram@neuj_

 

Contributor: George Zhi Zhao


网站: jeonyunyoung.com
Instagram@neuj_

 

供稿人: George Zhi Zhao

Korea’s Pastel Schoolhouses

Macaron-colored walls composed in tidy symmetry. An intoxicating, sugary dream where time seems to have stopped. These aren’t stills from a Wes Anderson film—they’re real shots of Korean schools taken by Spanish photographer Andrés Gallardo Albajar.

Gallardo, who now lives in Estonia, took these photos in Seoul and Busan while traveling. “It all started by accident, when I got a little lost in Seoul and ended up in the playground of a school. I was fascinated by their pastel colors, their trees, their symmetries, and the symbols like clocks, the national flag and the alphabet I didn’t understand,” he says. “But I never expected I’d do a series about Korean schools.”


马卡龙色的外墙,整洁对称的构图,时光仿佛静止于甜美梦境里,让人沉醉。而这一切,并非是韦斯·安德森的电影画面,这是 Andrés Gallardo Albajar 镜头里韩国校园内的真实景色。

生于西班牙、目前长居爱沙尼亚的摄影师 Andrés,在旅行途中拍下了首尔和釜山两地的校舍,这一切都出于偶然。当时我在首尔汉城迷了路,最后走到了一所学校的操场上。我被他们柔和的颜色、树木、钟表、国旗,还有它强烈的对称感和我不认识的字符给迷住了。” Andrés 说,但我从来没有想过,我最终会组成关于韩国学校的一系列作品。”

Gallardo’s experiences in Europe and Asia have given him diverse impressions and experiences. Korea and Spain have different styles of architecture, but they have a lot in common, he notes, since they both have centuries-old cultures. For him, the process of exploring and taking pictures in each one is equally fascinating.

Asked how Korea differs from Europe, he says, “the people in South Korea were extremely nice to me, and that made a great impression. One can tell that South Korea is doing well financially, since you can see plenty of modern architecture by some of the biggest contemporary architects. That doesn’t happen in Estonia, for instance, where everything is more local.”


Andrés 在欧亚两地的经历,给他留下了不同的印象与感触。首尔与西班牙的建筑虽然风格不同,但区别并不大——它们都留有古代文化的印记。对他来说,探索和拍摄的过程都一样迷人。要说到比较,Andrés 说:韩国的人民对我非常好,这给我留下了深刻的印象。另外你可以看出,韩国在财政上做得很好,因为你可以看到很多当代最伟大的建筑师的现代建筑,而在爱沙尼亚,情况并非如此,那里的一切都更有本土气息。

“As a matter of fact, visiting all these schools had a big nostalgia effect on me. As a child my only purpose in going to school was to see my friends and play football or other games during breaks,” he explains. “When doing this series, I often had to wait until the break was over so I could take photos freely. While waiting I could observe the kids playing on the playground, and I could see how, even though thousands of kilometers and around 30 years separated them from my experience, kids will always be kids.”


事实上,参观所有这些学校,让我产生了很大的怀旧感。孩童时代,我上学的唯一目的就是去见好朋友,在课间休息时我们可以一起踢足球或者玩别的运动。但在拍这些照片的时候,我不得不等到休息时间结束,才可以自由拍照。在等待的时候,我可以看到孩子们在操场上自由自在地玩耍嬉戏。即使我的童年和他们隔着几千公里,也隔着大约 30 年的时光,但孩子永远都是孩子啊。” Andrés 如此感慨道。

The East Was Red

“The east is red, the sun is rising. From China comes Mao Zedong.” So goes China’s most famous propaganda song, “The East is Red.”

China in the 1960s and 1970s was indeed red. From the propaganda posters covering the streets and alleyways, to the copies of the little red book in everyone’s hands, to the Mao badges on their chests, red—symbolizing leftism, communism, socialism, and revolution—filled every aspect of people’s lives and thoughts.

In a new project entitled The East Was Red, artist Sheila Zhao finds old photographs from that time and retouches them, highlighting the political atmosphere of the time.


就像歌里唱的那样:“东方红,太阳升,中国出了个毛泽东。”

六七十年代的中国,确实是红色的。从大街小巷遍布的宣传画,到人手一份的 “毛主席语录” 或毛主席勋章——象征着左派、革命、社会主义和共产主义的政治红色,充斥着人们生活和思想的方方面面。

而这个系列名取自红歌《东方红》(The East Was Red),Sheila Zhao 找到当时的老照片,并进行了再度创作以突出那个时期的政治气氛。

Born in Beijing in the 1980s, at age seven Zhao moved to the US, where she grew up and studied. Of course, without the benefit of personal experience, Zhao is a stranger to those times, so hard for outsiders to grasp or comprehend.

But Zhao’s love of documentary photography, especially historical images, transports her back in time. “I’m not a historian or an expert in the Cultural Revolution, by any means,” she says. “I look at that time in history from the point of view of someone interested in the images it created, and in what that says about the country’s collective identity at the time.”


Sheila Zhao 其实是 80 后,在北京出生,七岁时搬到美国,并在那里完成了学业。照理说,Sheila 对那个时代是陌生的,没有亲身经历的加持,也很难理解和感受。

但对纪实摄影尤其是老照片的热忱,把 Sheila 带到了这段历史面前。“我不是一个历史学家,也不是一个研究当时运动的专家。我从一个对所创造的形象感兴趣的人的角度来看待历史上的那段时期,以及这个国家当时普遍存在的集体认同感。”

All of the images in The East Was Red, and all her other archival images, were acquired from second-hand antique markets near Beijing and Shanghai. As the majority of the photos were taken in the 1960s and 1970s, a common theme stood out:  “I noticed the photographer and those being photographed from this period, whether consciously or not, brought politics into the shot,” she says. Clearly, people in that time lived entirely under its shroud.

Fascinated by this, Zhao began retouching select photos from her collection, coloring over the posters, images, Mao badges, and books of quotations with a cherry red, using the color to stand in for these thoroughly political objects. On the one hand, this alludes to the color’s political significance, and on the other, it lets the viewer, who can see how prominent the red is, understand just how widespread Communist ideology and the cult of personality had become throughout China. 


《东方红》系列的所有照片,Sheila 档案中的其他照片一样,都是在北京和上海附近的古董二手市场淘到的。这个系列则大多选取于上世纪六七十年代间所拍摄的照片,几相比较,有个异常明显的特征浮现出来:“有趣的是,我注意到在这个时期,摄影者和被拍摄者都有意无意地把代表政治的东西包括进来。” 可见,那时期的人们完全生活在其笼罩之下。

于是,Sheila 在再度创作的过程中涂红了标语、照片、勋章和 “红宝书”。鲜艳的大红色被用以代替这些照片中这些充满政治意味的 “物件”,一来对应 “红” 的隐喻,二来,观者只消参见照片里红色有多么壮观,就能发现当时的共产主义思想和个人崇拜情结,在全中国是有多普及。

“China underwent a very unique socioeconomic movement at the time, which coincided with the rise of photography. It happened to be when cameras became more accessible, leading to more people using them as a means of self-expression,” Zhao says. “In the early 20th century, photography was still something that was reserved for the privileged. By the mid-20th century, cameras became even more common. Although they were still considered a luxury, there wasn’t that sense of exoticism of being imported anymore. Looking at photos from that era, it’s quite interesting to see how political doctrines influenced people’s lives.”


“中国当时所经历的是一场非常独特的社会经济运动,也恰巧发生在摄影史上,当时越来越多的人开始有机会通过摄影媒介表达自己的观点。” Sheila 说,“在 20 世纪初期,摄影仍然是特权阶层的活动。但到了中期,相机的使用开始变得越来越平民化,尽管还稍显奢侈,但它已不再那么具有‘舶来品’的异国气质。所以在照片中,我发现当时的政治辞令是如何影响人们描述和记录自己生活的方式,这是非常有趣的。”

Websitesheila-zhao.com

 

Contributor: Chen Yuan


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供稿人: Chen Yuan