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Finding Family with Cheuk-Yin

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As the modern world continues to race toward the future, we can find ourselves constantly groping for radical or material ways to find our identities in it. But while we might be obsessed with going forward and discovering the new, we sometimes forget to look back and to the old — to our own pasts.


随着现代世界不断地向未来迈步,我们急于以各种方法和手段来找寻自我认知。但就在我们埋头向前和发现新知的过程中,我们时常就会忘记回首过往——我们自身的过往。

Cheuk-Yin To is a photographer we used to work with. One summer evening, we caught up at the office where he shared a special story with us, of how he took a side trip on a whim only to find both his roots and a few long-lost relatives.


Cheuk-Yin To是曾与我们合作过的摄影师。在一个夏夜里,我们就在他的办公室,听他说了一个特别的故事——那是在一次无意的旅行中,他竟意外发现了自己失散已久的远亲和血脉的故事。

To Family Village sits on one of the many distributaries in the Pearl River Delta region. Yin老家的村庄位于珠江三角洲地区众多分支之一

“To be honest, it kinda broke the spell a bit. I wanted my ancestral village to be with like, old school donkey carts and stuff. It’s not like that anymore. There’s mopeds, there’s smartphones. Everyone’s in on this now.” — Yin remarking on his unexpectedly modern ancestral “village.”


“老实说,这有点出人意料。我一度希望我祖辈的村庄,还留有老式的驴车和其他东西。但事实已经不是那样了,那里有电瓶车,还有智能手机。大家都迈入了现代社会。”

——Yin不曾料想到祖辈“村庄”早已现代化了

Yin with his uncles and cousin on the far right. His grandfather’s older cousin is seated. Yin和他的远房叔伯及表亲,他的大叔公坐在正中
Yin’s grandfather’s cousin (the younger of two brothers). Yin的小叔公
Yin’s grandfather’s cousin (the elder of two brothers). Yin的大叔公

“Within the next generation, it’s not going to be the same anymore. I don’t think kids these days will actually stay in these villages; they’ll all go to the cities and no one’s going to maintain the traditions.”


“到了下一代,这里的情况就会变得不一样了。我觉得现在的孩子不会再待在这些村庄里,他们都会去往城市,要留存这些传统都后继无人了。”

The two girls, Qingqing (left) and Yingying (right) are the daughters of a cousin Yin did not meet and are referred to as nieces. 青青和莹莹,这两个小女孩是Yin的侄女,她们的父亲是Yin未曾谋面的表亲
Lunch prepared the first day of Yin’s visit. Yin第一天到访时乡亲为他准备的午餐
Yin’s aunt with the family Gai Lan crop. Yin的阿姨和自家的芥兰田
Yin’s uncle and nephew (cousin once removed). Yin的叔叔和侄子
Yin’s cousin. Yin的侄子
Eating sugar cane the traditional way. 嚼甘蔗
Yin’s niece “plays” with a chicken during an evening stroll with the family. Yin的侄女在和家人傍晚散步时逗鸡玩

“My grand aunt made a feast that could have fed double the amount of people. […] We all ate together and watched TV at the same time, just like every other Chinese family.”


“我的叔祖母做了一桌大宴,都够两倍的人来吃了……我们都聚在一起边吃边看电视,就像其他中国家庭一样。

“To Family Village, Wangniudun Town, Dongguan City” 老家之村,东莞,望牛墩镇

“You can’t describe this experience. If someone else were to find their roots — completely unintentionally…I think that’s the reason why I was so happy.”


“你无法用语言描述这次的经历。如果是别人这样发现了自己的血脉——完全是无心插柳的情况下……我猜这就是我这么开心的原因吧。”

This story is part of a content partnership and media exchange between Neocha and MAEKAN. To see more of MAEKAN’s audio content on Neocha, click here.


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Media Partner: MAEKAN

Script and Narration by Nate Kan
Audio by Elphick Wo
Photos by Cheuk-Yin To

Images, Audio, & Text Courtesy of MAEKAN


媒体合作伙伴: MAEKAN

脚本解说: Nate Kan
音频制作: Elphick Wo
图片拍摄: Cheuk-Yin To

图片、音频与文字由MAEKAN提供

Media Partner: MAEKAN

Contributor: Nate Kan
Audio: Elphick Wo
Photographer: Cheuk-Yin To

Images, Audio, & Text Courtesy of MAEKAN


媒体合作伙伴: MAEKAN

供稿人: Nate Kan
音频制作: Elphick Wo
摄影师: Cheuk-Yin To

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Building Bridges Through Dance

From left: Suleman Malik, Bilal Malik and Nasir Sirikhan.

Quick Style is an Oslo-based international dance group and creative agency best known for their unique style and infusion of various Asian cultures in their projects, with one of their most notable being the Strawhatz concept. The latest manifestation of their passion for dance comes in the form of Quick Style Studio Chinaa collaborative studio created with China’s Sinostage, which debuted last year in Chengdu. With this project, they’re eager to show that dance is an activity anyone can partake in as well as showcase the value of dance as an outlet of creativity and self-expression. Since opening, the joint-run studio has often invited international teachers to open a cross-cultural dialogue with Chengdu’s local community using the language of dance. At a time when many are speaking of building walls, Quick Style shows us how we can build bridges through dance and cultural exchange. To better understand Quick Style’s cross-cultural entrepreneurship efforts, we talked to Bilal Malik, one of the three co-founders of Quick Style, to find out more about their work and experiences in China.


Quick Style是来自挪威奥斯陆的一支国际舞蹈团体和创意机构,向来以独特的创意风格和对各种亚洲文化的融合而闻名,其中最为人熟知的莫过于其推出的Strawhatz 舞蹈项目。Quick Style Studio China正是他们对舞蹈那份热爱的最新见证,这是Quick Style和Sinostage合作创办的工作室。从2016年成立以来,这个工作室已经成为一个文化与创意的中心。这个项目背后的理念是,舞蹈属于所有人,可以让人们以充满创意和健康的方式来表达自我。在当下这个人们相互间“筑墙”设防的时代,Quick Style向人们展示着如何建立起沟通的桥梁。为了加深理解Quick Style在跨文化产业上所作的努力,我们和它的创始人之一Bilal Malik聊了聊,试图了解更多关于他们在中国的工作和经历。

Quick Style teaching a class at the studio in Chengdu.
Koharu Sugawara, world-famous dancer and choreographer from Japan leads a class.

Neocha: How did the idea to start a Quick Style dance studio in China come about? What was it about the country that made it stand out as a potential location for your second studio?

Bilal Malik: The idea came about on our first trip to China. We checked out different dance communities and held workshops all over China. We explored the food, culture, music, people, and different places of China; we also met up with dancers around the country. We realized that it was not like Europe, the U.S., or any other Asian countries we have been to. The dancers here had a lot of emotion. We felt that Chinese dancers have a bright future. We also felt that they would bring a new wave of honest flavor to the whole world dance community. We started talking about how Chinese dancers will grow very fast since people had begun to accept the urban dance lifestyle. It was very clear to us that they are on the right track because they bring all kind of choreographers to teach dance across China.

Then on our last trip, we met Koko, the CEO of Sinostage. She had very different moves than anyone else. She has a passion and mindset that we’ve not seen in many people. She thinks about her people and wants to make dance huge in China, to change people’s lives! We connected very easily. Her passion moved us and we decided very quickly to do business and open a collaborative studio together. Our mission is to provide some Scandinavian mindset to the Chinese community. The country has so much potential. After being in China we have learned a lot. We know that we still have a lot more to learn, and we are sure that whatever we do here, it will be game changing for all of us.


Neocha: 怎么会选择在中国开设Quick Style舞蹈工作室?这个国家具有什么与众不同的潜力吗?

Bilal Malik: 我们第一次来中国时就已经有这个想法。我们在中国各地看到了不同的舞蹈团体,也举办过各种工作坊。我们深入地去了解中国的美食、文化、音乐、人以及不同的地方,去认识各地的舞者。我们意识到,这里不像欧洲、美国或其它我们去过的亚洲国家,这里的舞者有很饱满的情感。中国的舞者前景很大,我们相信,他们能给全世界的舞蹈界带来一种更真实的风格。我们开始谈到一旦人们开始接受urban dance的风格后,中国舞者的数量会增长得非常快。我们非常清楚,中国舞者的发展是在正确的轨道上的,因为他们会把不同风格的舞蹈编导都邀请到中国各地去教学。

我们最近一次去中国时,遇到了Koko,她是Sinostage的CEO。她的舞蹈风格和其他人很不同。在她身上,我们看到了很少有的那种激情和心态。她关心她的团队,并希望让舞蹈在中国发展壮大,想要改变人们的生活!我们一拍即合。她的热情让我们很感动,我们很快就决定一起合作,创办一个工作室。我们目标是为中国社会提供一些来自斯堪的纳维亚的想法。中国有这么大的潜力。去完中国后,我们学到了很多东西。我们知道自己还有很多东西要学,也相信,无论我们在这里做什么,这都将改变我们所有人。

Moving in sync - a class with Toby DeeDaran from Oslo, Norway.

Neocha: Can you tell us more about the process of making this project a reality?

Bilal Malik: The process was really interesting when I look back at it. Once we decided to open a studio together with Sinostage, things moved pretty quickly. We got to witness that Chinese people, or especially Koko, do not joke around when they work! We discussed the design and details and she started immediately. Not long after, there we are at the opening. It happened very fast, and we jumped into something very new for all of us. I believe that both parties have learned a lot from the process, and our relationship with Sinostage is still growing every day. Koko is an extremely talented woman and knew our taste even only after knowing us for such a short amount of time. We trusted her on every decision.


Neocha: 能跟我们分享一下是如何实现这个项目的吗?

Bilal Malik: 当我回过头来看,会觉得这个过程其实非常有趣。我们决定和Sinostage一起开办工作室后,一切就进展得很快了。中国人工作时真的很认真,尤其是Koko!我们讨论过设计和细节之后,她就会立即开始行动。感觉一眨眼,我们就到了开幕日。一切都进展得非常快,那是对我们所有人来说全新的体验,双方在过程中都学到了很多,我们与Sinostage的关系也在变得越来越好。Koko是一位非常有才华的女性,在我们相处了很短的时间后,她就已经清楚明白我们的风格。我们很信任她作出的每一个决定。

Welcome to Quick Style X Sinostage

Neocha: You’ve referred to Chengdu as your second home. What is it about that city that makes it so special to you? What traits have you observed that makes it stand out from other cities in China?

Bilal Malik: Chengdu is a special place for us. Of all the places we’ve been in China, Chengdu always treats us well, and we get a different vibe of the city every time we go there. They are definitely leading in terms of style and art. They are open-minded people and the city is growing very fast. There’s always something to do, and we also love the spicy food.


Neocha: 你曾经说过成都是你的第二个家。为什么它对你来说这么特别?就你看来,它和中国的其他城市有什么不同?

Bilal Malik: 成都对我们来说是一个特别的地方。在我们去过的所有中国城市中,成都总能让我们有不错的体验,并且每次去成都,我们都会有不一样的感觉。在时尚和艺术方面,这座城市绝对是领先的。这里的人们思想开放,城市的发展非常迅猛。在这里永远也不会觉得无聊。当然了,我们也很喜欢这里辛辣的美食。

 

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Neocha: Now that Quick Style Chengdu has been open for a year, what kind of changes have you observed in China’s dance scene since?

Bilal Malik: The dance scene has changed a lot in China since we opened the studio. We don’t think it’s only because of us and the dance studio with Sinostage. The whole community is working together every day to make dance huge in China. Right now, China is arranging some of the biggest events, workshops, and TV shows for dance. Sinostage is doing a great job working with everyone, being open-minded, and making the studio open to all kinds of people. I feel that now, Chinese dancers have more confidence and are moving towards finding their own style. More dancers and a higher level of competition both lead to finding an original way of doing things. In addition to this, the dancers put a Chinese flavor into their art and performance, which makes it very unique.


Neocha: Quick Style Studio成立至今已经一年了,这期间你看到国内舞蹈界有没有发生什么变化?

Bilal Malik: 从我们成立了这个工作室之后到现在,中国的舞蹈界发生了很大的变化。当然这不是单靠我们或与Sinostage合作的舞蹈工作室就能带来的变化。而是整个舞蹈界的共同努力,才得以令舞蹈在中国的影响力变得这么大。眼下,中国正在筹办一些和舞蹈有关的大型活动、工作坊和电视节目。Sinostage和所有人的合作都很棒,他们的心态非常包容,欢迎各种各样的人加入。我觉得,现在的中国舞者更自信了,也正在逐渐找到自己独特的风格。越来越多的舞者,越来越高水平的竞争,这些都有助于他们去发现创意。除此之外,他们的作品和表演中因为加入了一些中国风格而变得更加独特。

 

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Neocha: What is the reason behind sending dancers from Quick Style Studio Oslo to Chengdu? Why is this cross-culture exchange so important to you?

Bilal Malik: There are lots of reasons why it’s important for us to send dancers from Oslo to Chengdu. We believe our dancers grow not only in dance by traveling to teach, but grow in a bigger sense by experiencing another culture. Every time dancers from Quick Style come back to Olso, they come back with a bag full of experiences. They become a little bit more mature about their own life. They’ve just spend three months in one of the biggest countries in the world! Being in a place with different language, food, and ways of thinking, they’re challenged by new situations every day. In the end, they come back stronger and see the world differently. In addition to this, the instructors from Oslo represent us in Chengdu. They are there to share with and learn from the other dancers. Overall, it’s a great cultural and artistic exchange.


Neocha:为什么要把Quick Style在奥斯陆的舞者带到成都来?为什么跨文化的交流对你来说如此重要?

Bilal Malik: 之所以把奥斯陆的舞者带到成都是出于很多考虑的。我们的舞者不仅能通过到国外教学来提升自己的舞蹈水平,更能通过体验另一种文化获得更大意义上的成长。每次Quick Style的舞者回到奥斯陆,他们都是带着丰富经验回来的。他们的人生态度也会变得更加成熟。毕竟他们在全球最大的国家之一生活了三个月啊!在这种有着不同语言、食物和思维方式的地方,他们每天都会遇到新的情况,新的挑战。最后,他们回来时会变得更强大,也能够用不同的角度去看待世界。除此之外,去成都教学的奥斯陆舞者就代表着我们。他们去那里是去分享的,也是去跟其他舞者学习的。总的来说,这是一次非常棒的文化和艺术交流。

 

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Neocha: What is your approach to teaching dance?

Bilal Malik: We really do not see ourselves as teachers or our workshops as being regular “dance” classes. We feel that we share ourselves more than teach them something specific. We can’t teach anyone to dance. We believe everyone can dance. We feel sharing ourselves with people in our workshop will open some gate in their mind, to grow or learn something that can make either a small or big change in their life.  We are happy to continue sharing because over the years we’ve witnessed tremendous change in many people lives – that is our biggest motivation today.


Neocha: 你是如何传授舞蹈的?

Bilal Malik: 我们真的不认为自己是老师,我们的工作坊也不是普通意义上的舞蹈课堂。更多的是分享,而不是去教什么具体的东西。你是不能教人跳舞的。因为我们相信,每个人都会跳舞。但是通过分享,我们可以帮他们变得更放得开,去成长或学习,让他们的生活产生或大或小的改变。我们很高兴可以继续这样的分享,因为多年来,我们已经见证了很多人在生活上发生的巨大变化,而这也是我们今天最大的动力。

 

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Neocha: If you think about the bigger picture and the vision for Quick Style, what role does China or Asia in general play in it?

Bilal Malik: For Quick Style’s vision for the future, China – and Asia as a whole – is very important for us. We grew up as Asians in a Western country like Norway. We see ourselves as Norwegian with a unique cultural understanding because of our strong cultural ties through our families. We were lucky to grow up in a place that’s very open-minded. Many people or countries do not have that privilege. We believe we have the experience, knowledge, and sensitivity to build cultural bridges between different countries. Whenever we interact with people, we choose to go deeper and find what people really feel and like because we care about them.

Asia is a very important place for us. You can find inspiration and discover strong cultural roots almost everywhere. We really believe that art is for everyone and that art is a very important thing for the society. This is why we want to make sure we continue to inspire people with our art and keep growing the movement of creative and cultural interactions.


Neocha: 如果你从整体来看,从Quick Style的愿景来考虑,中国或亚洲扮演什么角色?

Bilal Malik: 在Quick Style的未来规划中,中国和亚洲都是非常重要的。我们是在像挪威这样的西方国家长大的亚裔。我们是有着独特文化见解的挪威人,那是我们家庭所带来的深厚文化联系。我们很幸运,可以成长在一个开明的国家里。很多人或国家就没这么幸运了。我们相信,我们有足够丰富的经验、知识和敏感度,去在不同国家之间建立文化桥梁。每当我们与别人互动时,都会真的去深入地了解他们真正的感受和喜好,因为我们真的关心他们。

亚洲对我们来说是非常重要的地区。在这里,你几乎到处都可以找到灵感和发现丰富的文化根源。我们深信,艺术是面向所有人的,对社会也有非常重要的意义。这就是为什么我们要确保自己的作品可以继续鼓舞人们,不断去推进创意和文化之间的交流。

"We believe everyone can dance." - Bilal Malik

Facebook: @thequickstyle
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Instagram: @thequickstyle
Twitter: @thequickstyle

 

Contributor: Aleesha Suleman
Images & Videos Courtesy of Quick Style & Sinostage


脸书: @thequickstyle
YouTube: ~/TheQuickStyle
Instagram: @thequickstyle
推特: @thequickstyle

 

供稿人: Aleesha Suleman
图片与视频由Quick Style与Sinostage提供

DELAYED

Written in not-so-perfect English, a sign at the Bangkok Railway Station reads, “Travelling by Train is Comfort, Economical, Fast and Safe.” This nostalgic form of transport has long piqued the curiosity of Thai photographer, Watcharawit Phudork, who created his series, DELAYED, centered around the 19-hour train journey from Bangkok to his hometown of Hat Yai.


乘火车旅行,舒适、经济、快速、安全”—— 这是曼谷火车站的一个标语。这种传统交通方式,激起了泰国摄影师Watcharawit Phudork的好奇心,将镜头对准从曼谷到他的家乡合艾共19个小时的火车旅程,创作出摄影系列《DELAYED》(晚点)。

Phudork notes that whilst other forms of transportation excel both in speed and economically, there is a still a sizable demand for Thailand’s slowest form of domestic travel. With a mind full of questions and a camera in hand, he bought the cheapest ticket available and embarked on his near day-long journey home.


Phudork注意到,虽然其它交通方式在速度和价格上都比火车有优势,但作为泰国国内最慢的交通方式,火车依然有着很大的需求。带着一堆疑问和手中的相机,他买了一张最便宜的车票,踏上时长将近一整天的归家旅程。

The subjects of DELAYED are noticeably from an older generation; commuters who likely accepted their longer journeys as the norm. The half empty, run down carriages inspired Phudork to explore the other side of railway travel; the inevitable abandonment caused by dwindling demand. His second series, Out of Service, lead him to visit Hat Yai train garage, where worn out train compartments are sent for repair or abandonment.


DELAYED》镜头下的对象大都是上了年纪的人;他们早已习惯了如此漫长的旅途。残旧的车厢中有一半的座位都是空的,受此启发,Phudork又去探讨火车旅行的另一面——需求下降后,那些被扔弃的火车。在第二个摄影系列《Out of Service》(停止服务)中,他前往合艾火车车库,这里堆满了送来维修和废弃的火车车厢。

“Every compartment will be brought to a garage, even if they are in a completely bad condition,” he says. This includes the compartments that were near obliterated during a bombing by the South Thailand insurgency, the remains of which have been left behind alongside other trains to wither away with passing time. Today, Phudork works out of Bangkok and continues to tell stories of disappearing slices of Thai culture through his trusty lens.


“每节车厢最后都会被卖到某个车库去,即使是已经完全报废的车厢。”即使是那些在泰国南部叛乱时期被轰炸到的废车厢也不例外。随着时光推移,这些旧车厢逐渐消失。今天,Phudork生活在曼谷,依然用镜头讲述那些逐渐消逝的泰国文化的故事。

Website: watcharawit.wixsite.com
Instagram: @watcharawitwat

 

Contributor: Whitney Ng


网站: watcharawit.wixsite.com
Instagram: @watcharawitwat

 

供稿人: Whitney Ng

The Long Journey

Johan Chomet is a French photographer born in Paris. In 2013, he set out on The Long Journey, a series of travels that led him overland through Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and Nepal. Most recently, Johan’s journey took him to Seoul, South Korea, where he captured a series of images that present his perspective of the city. Johan tells Neocha more about his work and his travels below.


Johan Chomet是来自法国巴黎的摄影师。2013年,他上了《The Long Journey》,进行了一场跨越欧洲、俄罗斯、蒙古、中国、日本、越南、泰国、缅甸和尼泊尔的漫长旅程。最近,Johan又去了韩国的首尔,在那里,他拍摄了许多照片,记录下他眼中的这座城市。Johan跟Neocha分享了许多关于他的作品与旅行的故事。

Neocha: What’s your process for planning your travels?

Johan: I never have a plan or route. I don’t try to organize anything in advance. I usually get transportation and visa sorted to my first destination and then take it from there. It gives me a lot more freedom as I don’t have to be somewhere at any specific time and can change my plans at the last minute if I feel like it. I also try not to have any time constraints.

Traveling overland is a totally different experience. You have to endure every kilometer of your trip, you have to find your way, and you have to deal with uneasy, sometimes unpleasant, situations. But you also get to live and share so much more. You see the landscapes changing and get to meet people along the way. To me, travel means freedom. It means adventures, meeting people, seeing things from a different perspective, and obviously photography! Travel and photography can hardly be separated for me.


Neocha: 你是怎样计划你的旅行的?

Johan: 我从来不会做计划或设计路线,我不喜欢提前计划好任何事情。我一般只会先把第一个目的地的交通和签证办好,然后就出发。这样我可以有更多的自由,因为我不需要在特定的时间到达某个特定的地方,也可以随时改变计划。我也尽量不给自己时间上的限制。

横越大陆的旅游是完全不同的体验。你不得不忍受旅行时每一公里的路途,你必须找到方向,你要处理一些不安,甚至令人不愉快的情况。但你也能够有丰富的生活体验,可以分享更多。你可以看到沿途风景的变化,一路认识新的朋友。对我来说,旅行意味着自由、冒险和结交朋友,从不同的角度来看待事物,当然还有摄影!对我来说,旅行和摄影是密不可分的。

Neocha: How did your trip to Seoul come about?

Johan: I really had no idea about what to expect when I decided to go to Seoul. I had been in Japan for a few months and my visa was expiring, meaning that I had to leave the country for a while. South Korea had always been on my list, and I was really looking forward to seeing it for myself, as for some reason I never got to see many images of the country. When I got to Seoul, it took me about 24 hours and a lot of walking around the city to take my first photo. Things were a lot less accessible and obvious than in Japan, and it felt like I had to soak it all in before I could start taking any photographs.


Neocha: 为什么会想要去首尔?

Johan: 我一开始决定去首尔的时候,我真的没有带着什么特别的期望。当时我已经在日本呆了几个月,签证快要过期,所以我要离开日本一会儿。韩国一直是我想要去的国家之一,我也很期待去这个国家,但不知道为什么,我一直很少机会看到关于这个国家的图片。刚到首尔的时候,我在这座城市里逛了很久,过了快24小时才拍下第一张照片。比起日本,这里的一切更难以接触,更隐晦,感觉就像我必须要深入其中,才能拍到想要的照片。

Neocha: What were some of your first impressions of the city?

Johan: Seoul had been very confusing for me at first, as I could see very little related to its past and history, and what I could see did not always feel coherent. Architecture in many parts of the city made me feel like I was in some sort of communist country with all these identical concrete buildings shaping the landscape, and just a few kilometers away you’d find yourself walking on huge avenues filled with hundreds of high-end shops, and you’d be reminded that you were in a country that’s embraced capitalism like no other.

Another thing that struck me was the overabundance of churches everywhere. Every direction you look, you’d see them – red neon crosses that have invaded Seoul’s skyline. Talking about neon, it’s something I’ve been shooting a lot of lately. I love the light and the atmosphere that it creates. Neon definitely feels a little bit retro, but at the same time, it keeps us fantasizing about these futuristic vertical metropolises.


Neocha: 你对这座城市的第一印象是什么?

Johan: 一开始,首尔让我感到很困惑,我很难看到这座城市与其过去和历史的关联,我所看到的事物也总是感觉不是很一致。很多地方的建筑让我感觉这是一个共产主义国家,一模一样的凝土建筑物,组成了这座城市的景观,然后仅几公里之外,就是宽阔的商业大道,充满数以百计间高端商店,这时你才会意识到,这也是个不折不扣的资本主义国家。

另一件我最难忘的事是,这里的教堂无处不在。不论在哪里,你都能看到那些红色的霓虹灯十字架,占据着首尔的城市天际线。说到霓虹灯,这是我最近很喜欢拍摄的东西。我很喜欢这种灯光,以及它所创造的氛围。霓虹灯确实有点复古的味道,但同时又会令人幻想到未来的垂直化大都市。

Neocha: As a film photographer, what are your thoughts on the film versus digital debate?

Johan: There shouldn’t be any final conclusion about film or digital – they both have their pros and cons. Digital is easy to use, convenient, accessible to everyone, and gives flawless results. Unlike film, the processing is instantaneous, costless, and allows for endless post-processing modification. As always, industries deliver what consumers are asking for.

Film is expensive and frustrating. There’s no insane post-processing to make dull images look great in the end. You can’t take hundreds of photos in a day, hoping to have a good one in the end or take the same photo over and over again until it looks good on-screen. You have to get it right the first time, and this is without a doubt the best way to learn. Shooting mechanical cameras and film gives me the feeling that I’m part of the process, that I’m in control, and that I’m actually making the photo. Working with film, I realized that I was spending a lot more time on framing and working on composition, and more importantly, I would not rely solely on the camera for the result. If your photos are not good enough, you can’t blame the autofocus or justify it by the fact that you didn’t have the money for that ISO 204800 camera. If your photos aren’t good, it’s simply because you’re not a good photographer. Technology in photography doesn’t make things better. It just makes things more convenient.


Neocha: 作为一名用胶片拍摄的摄影师,你对于胶片摄影与数码摄影之间的争论有什么看法?

Johan: 对于胶片摄影与数码摄影之间的争论,应该永远也不会有最后结论,这两者都有各自的优点和弊处。数码摄影更容易、更方便,所有人都可以使用,拍出来的照片也很不错。与胶片摄影不同,数码摄影即时显像,不需要成本,也可以有无休止的后期修改。每个行业都会努力提供消费者所需要的产品,这一点向来如此。

而胶片摄影的成本更高,也往往容易令人沮丧,你不可以疯狂地进行后期处理,将一张原本平庸的照片变成一幅棒极了的照片;你也不能一天拍好几百张照片,然后指望其中会有一张好照片;或是一遍又一遍地拍同一张照片,直到在你屏幕上的照片看起来不错。你必须在第一次按快门就拍好,所以这无疑是学习摄影的最佳途径。用机械胶片相机和胶片拍摄,让我感觉自己成为了这个创作过程的一部分,我有控制权,我感觉这才是真正地在创作一张照片。用胶片拍摄时,我发现自己会花更多时间思考构图,更重要的是,我不会全然依赖相机。如果你的照片不够好,你不能说是自动对焦的问题,也没有藉口说是因为你没有足够的钱,买一台ISO 204800的相机。如果你的照片不够好,只是因为你不是一个好的摄影师。在摄影方面,科技不会让照片拍得更好。它只会让拍照变得更方便。

Neocha: How would you summarize your approach to photography, and what are some recurring themes in your work?

Johan: I used to take a lot of photos of people in busy places, mostly cities, of people in motion, people that would catch my attention. I’ve never tried to make any specific statement with my photos. I just want my photographs to be a reflection of a time and place. They’re just snapshots. I usually go out walking with a camera in my hand and take photos of the things that I react to. I don’t believe photography should be too cerebral, and I try not to overthink my shots. I like spontaneous things.

As I mentioned, film photography changed my approach a little. It forced me to take my time. It helped me to be more patient, and so I started to photograph things differently – more still images, pictures with no people, empty spaces. I also started paying more attention to colors and geometry. When I’m traveling, things are also a bit different. I try to build a series rather than taking a bunch of candid shots without any specific theme.


Neocha: 你如何描述自己的摄影方式,你的作品中的常见主题有哪些?

Johan: 我曾经拍过很多人们在繁忙地方的照片,大多是在城市,拍摄一些行动中的人们,拍摄那些会引起我注意的人。我从来没有试图在我的照片中表达某种特定的态度。我只想通过自己的照片记录某个时刻和地方……它们只是一张张快照。我通常拿着相机就出门散步,看到想拍的事物就拍下来。我认为摄影的时候不需要思考太多的事情,我在拍摄时尽量不去考虑太多。我喜欢自然而然的东西。

正如我前面所说,胶片摄影也影响了我的摄影方法。它让我在拍摄时放慢速度、更有耐心,也因为这样,我开始拍摄不同的对象,更多的是静止的图像,没有人,空荡的场所。我也开始更多地关注颜色和几何形状。当我去旅行时,拍摄的方法也会有点不同。我会试着创作一个系列,而不是没有任何特定的主题,直接拍一堆照片。

Neocha: Are there any particular themes or lasting impressions from your series in Seoul?

Johan: Culturally, It feels like there’s this huge gap with massive differences of interests and lifestyle between generations. South Korea, and Seoul probably even more, has been changing so much and in such a short period of time. Because so many younger generations of South Koreans are able to travel and study abroad, I guess many came back with a different idea of what they wanted for their country and for their lives. South Korea has been heavily impacted by Western culture, but it feels like its people managed to adapt and blend it to their own culture, making it theirs. I definitely want to go back to South Korea and focus more on the youth next time.


Neocha:这一次在首尔摄影的作品中,有没有什么特别的主题或比较深的印象?

Johan:从文化上来说,我觉得韩国不同世代的人们之间在兴趣和生活方式方面有很大的差异。在韩国,尤其是首尔,在很短的时间内,这里发生了翻天覆地的变化。很多年轻一代的韩国人出国旅游和留学,我想,他们中很多人回来后对于自己的国家和生活都会有了不同的想法。韩国受到很多西方文化的影响,但似乎韩国人们将这种影响成功融入到他们自己的文化中,将其变成韩国的特色文化。我还想再去一次韩国,下一次会把目光更多地放在年轻人身上。

Neocha: What is your personal philosophy towards photography? What does photography mean to you?

Johan: To me, photography is about accurately remembering and capturing real life for future generations. Photographers are witnesses of time, documenting life. Some photographers are talented enough to add emotions and beauty to their images, to get reactions out of their viewers. I hope that people can see my photographs in 30, 40, 50 years in a different context. Who knows what will have become of photography and the world in general by then.

My relation to photography is very personal – it’s almost a kind of therapy for me. Walking with a camera in my hands is one of the rare moments when I manage to completely focus my mind on what I’m doing. It forces me to be in the moment, and it stimulates me. It keeps me curious and gives me the motivation to make new projects, or even just to simply go outside and do something.


Neocha: 关于摄影,你的个人理念是什么?摄影对你来说意味着什么?

Johan: 对我来说,摄影是要准确地记录和捕捉当下的现实生活,留给未来的人们看。摄影师是时间的证人,生活的记录者。一些才华横溢的摄影师能把情感和美融入到他们的照片中,引起观众的情感共鸣。我希望在30、40或50年后,不同时代的人们可以看到我的照片。谁知道到时候,摄影和世界会变成怎么样呢?

对我来说,摄影是挺个人的事情,几乎可以说是一种治疗。拿着相机散步是很弥足珍贵的时刻,因为我可以完全专注其中。它迫使我融入那一时刻,刺激着我。让我保持好奇,给我动力去进行新的项目,甚至只是简单地到外面去,做点什么。

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Contributor: George Zhi Zhao


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A Route of Contrasts

 

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Cesar Ruiz Preciado is a Spain-based UX designer who, beyond design alone, has found a passion for the art of filmmaking. This interest stems from his travels and his enjoyment of capturing realistic portraits of local life. In Vietnam, the newly released addition to his series of short travel films, Preciado traverses the entirety of the beautiful country from north to south. Traveling on a combination of motorcycles, bicycles, trains, and boats, Preciado explores the tropical jungles of Sapa and Tam Coc as well as the hectic, moped-filled streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He describes his journey through Vietnam as an exhilarating experience filled with contrasts. See Vietnam in all its beauty by checking out Preciado’s short film in full above.


Cesar Ruiz Preciado是一名居住在西班牙的UX设计师。设计之外,他也是一位热爱拍摄短片的电影人,Preciado喜欢在旅行的时候用镜头记录下所去之地的风土人情。 短片《Vietnam》正是他旅行短片系列的其中一部。从越南北部的河内市一路向南到达胡志明市,他骑过摩托车和自行车,也乘过火车和船,经过了Sapa (沙壩)和Tam Coc (宁平)的原始丛林,再去往塞满路人和摩托车的繁忙城市,Preciado形容这是一场充满对比碰撞的旅途。点击播放上面的短片,跟着Preciado的镜头一起去越南看看。

Website: ruizpreciado.com
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Contributor: Ye Zi


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People of the Music

 

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The shrine has a mosque-like roof, white as a meringue. People, some in robes, walk among evergreen trees laden with jackfruit. It’s the rainy season in Bangladesh and everything is hot and wet. Muhammed Ali fixes us with a calm gaze beneath authoritarian eyebrows. Behind him, a woman sweeps around the grave of saint Lalon Shah and that of his mother. The two six-foot-long prisms are covered with patterned material and spicy smoke threads through latticed burners. More of Lalon’s disciples are buried outside the small mausoleum. Ali points out one of the graves. “My father lies there. I inherited the role of caretaker from him,” he says. He takes us to the main hall. We slip off our shoes and step onto cool, white stone. Inside, devotees recline in the midday heat. Women and children sit around bags of spicy peas and rotis, their saris the color of oak and red squirrels and emerald. Lalon Shah lived and taught here, in Kushtia, Bangladesh, throughout the 19th century. He died in 1890 aged over 100 years old.


这座陵墓的白色屋顶充满清真寺风格,看上去像是一块巨型蛋糖霜。常绿乔木菠萝蜜树林中,人来人往,其中还穿插着穿着长袍的僧人。正值孟加拉雨季,一切炎热又潮湿。Muhammed Ali凝视着我们,目光平静而肃穆。在他身后,一个女人正在清扫圣人Lalon Shah和他母亲的陵墓。两个六英尺长的棱柱,被布满花纹图案的材料覆盖着,一缕缕刺激的烟雾从镂空的焚烧器里飘出来。Lalon的其他弟子被埋在了小陵墓的外面。Ali指着其中一处墓地,说:“我的父亲就埋在那儿。我继承了他管理者的职位。”我们跟着他来到主殿,脱掉鞋子,踏上冰冷的石头地板。在炎热的正午,信徒们正在殿内斜躺着。女人和儿童围着一袋袋辣豌豆和罗蒂斯坐着,头上戴着橡木色、红棕色和翡翠绿色的纱丽布。19世纪的时候,Lalon Shah就在孟加拉的库什蒂亚这里生活和教课。1890年逝世时,他的年龄已经超过100岁。

“Lalon was one of the most influential mystic saints of the Indian subcontinent. He inspired millions with his songs,” says Lalim Haque, a researcher and Lalon expert. “His lyrics are so profound. He has been able to touch the lives of not only people who have a taste for music but all people.” Haque said Lalon’s songs, especially when heard in their original Bangla, have the power to propel people to spiritual heights. Estimated to have composed thousands of songs, Lalon and his followers went on to influence 20th-century greats like Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagor, American poet Allan Ginsberg, and even Bob Dylan. To contemporary Bangladeshis, he’s like Shakespeare, Martin Luther King Jr., and Eckhart Tolle rolled into one.


Lalim Haque是一名研究学者和Lalon专家,他说:“Lalon 是印度最有影响力的神秘圣人之一。他用音乐激励着无数的人。他的歌词如此深刻,他所触动的不仅仅是爱好音乐的人,而是所有人的生活。”Haque觉得,Lalon的音乐,特别是当它们以原始孟加拉语唱出时,拥有提升人们精神境界的力量。据估计,Lalon和他的追随者谱写了上千首歌曲,许多20世纪的文学和音乐才子都受到过他们音乐的影响,譬如印度诗人泰戈尔(Rabindranath Tagor),战后“垮掉的一代”代表诗人艾伦·金斯堡(Allan Ginsberg)和民谣歌手鲍勃·迪伦(Bob Dylan)。对于现代孟加拉人来说,他就像是集莎士比亚(Shakespeare)、马丁·路德(Martin Luther King)和心灵作家艾克哈特·托勒(Eckhart Tolle)于一身的伟人。

Outside the shrine, there is a park overlooked by a ten-foot portrait of Lalon. The air wafts of weed and tobacco. Rumana, a former lawyer, has been a full-time Baul for 22 years. She plants a clay pipe between her fingers, cups her hands and inhales. She is charismatic, intelligent, and, unlike many of her companions, reveals clean white teeth whenever she smiles, which is often. She can speak English but refuses to be interviewed until we come back with a translator, saying that Bengla is the only language she can use to describe these sacred things.


在陵墓之外的一个公园里,放置着一个高达10英尺的Lalon雕像。雕像上布满了杂草和烟草。前律师 Rumana 已经是一名有 22 年经验的全职巴乌尔。她的手指间夹着一根陶土烟斗,她双手掬起,吸了一口烟。她是一位漂亮而聪明的女性,还很喜欢笑,和她的许多同伴不同,她在笑的时候,会露出一口洁白的牙齿。她会说英语,但拒绝用英语接受采访,直到我们带回了一位会说孟加拉语的翻译,她才肯接受采访。她说,神圣之物只能用孟加拉语来讲述。

After returning with a translator, she tells us that she smokes weed every day to help focus and access a meditative state. “We believe that Lalon’s songs are as important as the verses in the Quran. In Islamic law people are obliged to recite verses from the Quran every day; similarly, we Bauls sing Lalon’s songs every day,” Rumana says. She exhales a plume of smoke and passes the pipe to a friend with a matted beard and bloodshot eyes. She picks up her ektara and starts to pluck, making up for her rudimentary singing talents with her sincerity. Her bearded companion calls for tea, prompting a sari-swathed woman in a nearby stall to bawl at her daughter, who jumps up and soon arrives with tiny cups of tea that would be unpalatably strong were it not for the large scoops of sugar.


有了翻译之后,她告诉我们,她每天都会抽食大麻,这样可以帮助她集中精神,达到冥想的状态。“我们相信,Lalon的音乐和在《古兰经》的经文一样重要。伊斯兰教法要求人们每天诵读《古兰经》;同样的,我们巴乌尔人也会每天唱颂 Lalon的音乐。”Rumana 说。她呼出一口烟,将烟斗传给旁边的友人。她的朋友长着一脸乱蓬蓬的胡子,双眼布满了血丝。她拿起Ektara(孟加拉单弦琴),开始弹奏。虔诚的心弥补了她质朴的歌声。她留着胡须的友人向邻近一个摊档点了一杯茶,裹着纱丽的女摊主把蹦蹦跳跳的女儿叫来,让她把几杯茶端来。如果不是加了好几大勺的糖,这些茶会浓得难以下咽。

Muhammed Ali places his teacup down on the shrine floor and strokes his beard. Behind him, a Baul group start to sing “A Strange Bird,” one of Lalon’s favorite songs. Below is the song translated by Azfar Hussain.

“Look, how a strange bird flits in and out of the cage!

O mind, you are a bird encaged! And of green sticks
Is your cage made, but it will be broken one day.
Lalon says: Open the cage, look how the bird wings away!”

Even though I don’t understand Bengla, the song touches my heart with its longing; it makes me want to rush over to someone and fling open my arms. There is no applause when it’s over, instead, the Bauls bless a finished song by praising the lord, saying “shai shai, shai shai.”


Muhammed Ali将茶杯放在陵墓地板上,捋着他的胡子。在他身后,一群巴乌尔音乐人开始哼唱Lalon最喜欢的歌《一只怪鸟》(A Strange Bird),Azfar Hussain翻译了其中的歌词。

“你看,一只奇怪的鸟是如何掠进掠出笼子!
……

内心啊,你就是一只囚禁中的鸟!
你的笼子,用绿枝打造,但它总有破碎的一天。
Lalon说:打开笼子,看看鸟如何展翅而飞!”

尽管我不懂孟加拉语,但这首歌所诠释的渴望之情触动了我的心;它使我想要跑向某人的怀中,张开我的双臂。歌声结束时,没有掌声。因为一般歌唱完毕后,巴乌尔音乐人喜欢说一个词来代替掌声,他们会说:“shai shai(我的主), shai shai(我的主)”。

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Myeongdong Cat Café

 

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Hidden deep within a meandering maze of boutique shops and restaurants in Seoul’s busiest shopping district, the Myeongdong Cat Café is a place where people can go to enjoy a coffee or tea, while playing with a wide variety of adorable kitties.


明洞猫咪咖啡厅位于首尔最繁华的购物区中,坐落于蜿蜒林立的精品店和餐厅之中,在这里,人们可以一边喝咖啡或喝茶,一边逗逗各种可爱的猫咪。

The café houses about 40 cats, from more than 10 different breeds, that all roam freely alongside café-goers. If you are a cat lover but are unable to have a cat as a pet or don’t want the responsibility of caring for one at home, then this is the place for you.


这家猫咖啡馆里大约有40只猫,共有10多种不同的品种,它们自由地漫步于咖啡馆的客人身边。如果你也爱猫,但又不能或者不想在家养猫,那么这里绝对是你的理想之地。

Upon entering the café on the fourth floor, visitors are asked to kindly remove their shoes, put on slippers, pay a door fee, and to refrain from overfeeding the kitties. Inside, the café looks like a cat’s playground filled with toys, cushions, and cardboard houses.


踏入这家位于第四层楼的咖啡馆时,顾客会被要求脱掉鞋子,穿上拖鞋,交入场费,同时被提醒不要给猫喂太多吃的。咖啡馆里面看起来就像一个猫的游乐场,摆满了各式玩具、垫子和纸板屋。

There are all sorts of cats roaming around the café: Burmese cats, orange Tabby cats, black cats, playful cats, little kittens, shy anti-social cats, sleeping cats, cats wearing costumes, and fat cats. Which kind is your favorite?


各种各样的猫在咖啡馆里悠闲地走来走去: 缅甸猫、橙斑猫、黑猫、调皮活泼的猫、小猫咪、比较害羞的猫、爱睡觉的猫、穿着衣服的猫、还有胖胖的猫。你最喜欢哪一种呢?

The most popular cat at the café is a rarely seen, hairless breed, called the Sphynx cat. For many visitors, this is usually the first time they will have ever encountered this kind of unique cat. Bald, wrinkled, and a bit fat, this highly social cat draws a lot of attention wherever she goes.


咖啡厅最受欢迎的猫是一种很少见的,无毛的品种,叫做斯芬克斯猫。对于大多数客人来说,这通常是他们第一次遇到这种独特的猫。秃头,起皱,有点肥胖,这种极富有社交天赋的猫在任何地方都会引起很多的关注。

After a busy day of shopping or a Korean BBQ dinner in Myeongdong, be sure to head straight over to the cat café for a relaxing time playing with some cute kitties. But if the cats aren’t enough to satisfy your needs, Seoul is also home to a number of dog cafés, sheep cafés, and raccoon cafés. Amazing!


逛了一天街,或者是在明洞吃完韩国烤肉晚餐后,记得去这家猫咖啡馆好好放松,跟这些可爱的小猫咪玩一下。但是,如果单是和小猫玩还不能满足你,首尔其实还有许多宠物咖啡馆,包括狗狗咖啡馆、绵羊咖啡馆和浣熊咖啡馆。是不是很赞!

Address:
37-14, Chungmuro 2-ga, Jung-gu
Seoul, South Korea

 

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Contributor, Photographer & Videographer: Leon Yan


地址:
韩国首尔
中区
37-14 忠武路2街

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视频摄影师与图片摄影师: Leon Yan

Black & White Tokyo

Veteran Japanese photographer Junichi Hakoyama is best known for his minimalist black-and-white stills that he captures on the streets of Tokyo. Armed with his Leica M Monochrom, Hakoyama creates alluring images with bold lines and high contrasts through his effective use of light and shadow. The result is a beautifully understated monochromatic series that he has simply titled Tokyo. Every shot carries a soothing balance of proportion and geometric structure, which transforms a simple subject in a common setting into a moment full of purpose. See more of his work below.


日本资深摄影师Junichi Hakoyama凭借在东京街头捕捉的简约黑白摄影作品而闻名。通过他的Leica M Monochrom 相机,他用大胆的线条和高对比度的光影组合呈现了一系列出色的影像作品。他将这个精美而低调的黑白摄影作品系列简洁地命名为《东京》(Tokyo)。每一张照片的比例和几何结构都有一种令人看上去很舒服的平衡,将人们常见的环境和普通的人物定格为一个充满目的性的时刻。一起来欣赏一下他的作品吧。

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Instagram: @junichi_hakoyama

 

Contributor: Whitney Ng


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供稿人: Whitney Ng

Buzkashi

 

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Based out of Shanghai, Marc Ressang is a Dutch photographer and videographer whose recent travels took him to Tajikistan. There, he shot Buzkashi, a short film offering an intimate look into how one of the oldest and most violent sports in the world is played. Buzkashi, which roughly translates to “goat pulling” in Persian, is a highly dangerous sport. The fiercely competitive sport calls for players to undergo extensive amounts of training prior to ever competing. Imagine polo but with more aggression, more competitors swarming the field, and instead of using a ball, they opt for a decapitated – and often times eviscerated – goat carcass.


荷兰摄影师兼电影人Marc Ressang目前生活在上海,他最近到了塔吉克斯坦旅行。在那里,他拍摄了短片《Buzkashi》,近距离地观察当地的抢羊比赛“buzkashi”——世界上最古老和最暴力的体育项目之一。“Buzkashi”是波斯语,可以大概地翻译成“拉羊”,这项比赛的竞争异常激烈,且有一定的危险性,所以大多数选手在比赛开始之前都要先进行艰苦的训练。可以把这项比赛想像成更激烈的马球比赛,有更多的竞争者,而他们要抢的不是一个球,而一头通常被斩首(或已经取出内脏)了的羊的尸体。

While buzkashi can be traced back to nomadic Turkic tribes, its exact origins are up for debate. In modern times, it’s been established as the official national sport of Afghanistan. However, derivative forms of the sport have made its way out of the country, including a form of buzkashi in western China that’s played on yaks instead of horses. In Ressang’s short film, rather than the more structured, team-oriented playstyles seen in Afghanistan, he presents the most common playstyle of Tajikistan – a sprawling, chaotic free-for-all where individual riders attempt to wrestle control of the carcass and score a goal. Watch the stunning video in full above or scroll down to see more images from Ressang’s trip to Tajikistan.


虽然“buzkashi”可以追溯至游牧的突厥部落,但其确切的起源仍然有争议。在现代,阿富汗将其定为官方的民族体育运动。如今,这项运动已经被传至其它国家,衍生出不同的运动形式,譬如,在中国西部就有一种“buzkashi”是在牦牛而不是马背上进行的。在Ressang的短片中,他展示了塔吉克斯坦式的“buzkashi”,不同于在阿富汗看到的那种更有组织性、更注重团队的风格,在塔吉克斯坦,这项运动更混乱无序、无限制,选手单独参赛,争夺羊尸,以获得胜利。一起来观看这部引人入胜的短片,或欣赏更多Ressang在这趟塔吉克斯坦之行中所拍摄的照片。

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Contributor: David Yen


网站: marcressang.com
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Instagram: @unioz

 

供稿人: David Yen

Puzzleman Leung

Despite frequent appearances on notable photography and art websites, little is actually known about Puzzleman Leung. In that regard, the Puzzleman moniker seems like a perfect fit, appropriately encapsulating the photographer’s mysterious nature. While the photographer’s Facebook and Instagram feature a girl’s portrait, it’s actually rather difficult to even ascertain Puzzleman’s gender. On websites that feature Puzzleman’s work, the pronouns of “he” and “she” are often interchangeable. Even on Puzzleman’s “About Me” page, little information is offered beyond age and geography, with one line stating “Born in Macao and living in Taipei.” But Puzzleman’s latest photo series doesn’t take place in either of those cities. Titled Tokyo Tokymeky, the new project sees Puzzleman roam through Tokyo with frequent collaborator and model Bee Ke, snapping juxtaposing images of her and the surrounding environment. With the recent release of this photo series, we were fortunate enough to catch up with this enigmatic photographer for a quick chat. In our conversation, it was easy to see that Puzzleman’s quirky images are simply an extension of the photographer’s own personality. Scroll down to check out more photos from the new photo series and read the highlights from our interview.


摄影师Puzzleman Lueng,正如Ta的名字一般,像一幅散落四处的拼图碎片般带有些神秘色彩。Ta的作品经常出现在各大摄影艺术网站,然而对于摄影师本人,你能从互联网上获得的资料甚少,只知道Ta是一位来自澳门,但居住在台北的摄影师。你甚至很难推测出Ta的性别,TaInstagram脸书账号被清一色的魔幻少女照片占领;而翻看各网站的报道,也会看到竟然有用“He”也有用“She”的称谓来形容这位神秘人士。最近,我们很开心联系到这位拼图男人本人,Ta刚带着自己的御用模特Bee Ke漫游东京,完成了这辑最新摄影作品《Tokyo Tokymeky》。和Puzzleman交流的过程中,发现Ta的文字和影像一样有趣,下面我们一起跟着Puzzleman的镜头去东京逛一圈,和拼凑一下这次聊天中Ta留给我们的拼图线索吧。

Not Interested

“Since I was little, I haven’t been interested in photography. I find that people who dabble with photography needs to spend a lot of money on equipment – I think it’s stupid. I feel nothing when I see these commercial shots or landscape shots of sunsets.”

Action

“All photography for me is just the action of pressing a button when I find something interesting.”


没兴趣

从小我对摄影并没什么兴趣,因为知道玩摄影的人要花大钱去买器材就觉得是一件很蠢的事,而且看到那些商业的照片或夕阳的风景照完全无感。

动作

目前摄影对我来说只是对自己有兴趣的画面去按下快门的一个动作而已。”

Sculpting

“When I’m creating an image, I feel like a sculptor. I’m turning my subject or my thoughts into my envisioned image.”

Girlfriend

“The subject I photograph the most is my girlfriend. When we work together, we find ways to push each other, to prepare for a shoot. I like this process of mutual agitation.”


雕塑

在创作那些画面的过程中,我觉得自己更像在做一个雕塑,把被摄物体或自己的思想弄成自己理想的样子。

女友

目前最常拍的人是我的女友,在和她合作的过程中,我俩会不断作出有趣的想法来刺激对方,去准备拍摄,很喜欢这样互相激荡的过程。

Accidents

I like spontaneous shoots, but I also like planning. I feel that the most interesting images happen somewhere in between the two, so I suppose those would be the ‘accidents.’ Sometimes when I nail a shot and it turns out just exactly as I envisioned it, I find it unbelievably boring. I’m always looking forward to making these ‘accidents’ whenever I’m shooting. I’m pretty infatuated with this idea of accidental shots, and I’m pretty stubborn, so I’ll do anything to try and make them happen.”


意外

“我喜欢随手拍,也喜欢先构思,但我觉得最有趣的画面通常出现在这两者之间,那就是‘意外’了。有时候当我把先构思好的画面可以完整呈现出来的时候我反而会觉得很无趣,所以我特别期待每次在拍摄过程中出现的意外画面了,我对它总是特别的着迷,甚至会执着到想尽办法去让它出现。”

Contradiction

“To me, Tokyo is a wonderful place, an amazing city filled beautiful sights and colors. I’ve always been quite infatuated with this place. But on the other hand, I feel that I try to distance myself between Tokyo’s inhabitants. I’m afraid of offending them, so I’ve always been terrified of any interactions with them. It’s pretty contradictory, loving a city but being afraid of its inhabitants. I’m always left scratching my head when I think about this. I suppose it’s because I don’t know them so I don’t fully understand them. The best thing for me to do is to probably go and learn Japanese.”


矛盾

“东京对我来说是一个很好的地方,很好的城市,充满了各种各样我喜爱的画面和颜色,我一直对这个地方充满好奇心。而相反东京人常让我觉得有点退避三舍,因为很怕会冒犯到他们所以一直很害怕和他们接触,其实在这样的关系下是挺矛盾的,喜欢一个地方却对当地人退避三舍,每次想到这都让我觉得很奇怪,可能是因为我不认识他们还不了解他们吧,所以只好去学日文了解。”

Time Machine

“A great photo should be an image that inspires others or one so powerful that it refuses to leave the minds of viewers. The most important part is the inspiration. The definition of a great photo now and what can be considered as a great photo in the past have drastically changed. Fifty or sixty years from know, I wonder if photos from now would be as intriguing as the older, classic photos that we look at in awe today. Sometimes I wish I had a time machine so I could go into the future and find out.”


时光机

“好照片应该是可以让人产生灵感或不断在观者里不断浮现的吧,最重要的还是那一道灵光。现在好照片的定义和以前已经不太一样了,我不知道这个时代的经典照片在五六十年后再看会不会和我们现在在看过去经典的照片一样有吸引力,这是我一直很想坐时光机去看看的事情之一。”

As we concluded our conversation, we asked if Puzzleman had any specific message that he wanted to communicate to viewers. Instead of answering, Puzzleman asked us: “What I want to know is, with the way that people mass consume photography nowadays, don’t they get tired of it? Have you thought of what happens if one day people get tired of photography?” If you have any thoughts to share on the matter, drop by any one of Puzzleman Leung’s social media pages and share your thoughts!


最后,当我们问起关于摄影有什么想和读者分享的时候,Puzzleman反而回赠我们一个疑问:“其实我反而想问大家,每天看那么多照片,你们会腻吗?有想过如果有一天大家对影像已经没感觉的时候怎么办?”。如果你对于这个问题有任何想法,或者想更了解这位有趣的摄影师,不妨去他的社交网络页面给他留言解答吧。

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Facebook: ~/Plzmanleung
Instagram:  @puzzleung
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Contributor: Ye Zi


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供稿人:  Ye Zi