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People of the Music



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。



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)”。

Contributors: Nathan ThompsonJeremy Meek
Photographer & Videographer: Jeremy MeekNathan Thompson

供稿人: Nathan Thompson, Jeremy Meek
图片与视频摄影师: Jeremy MeekNathan Thompson

Myeongdong Cat Café



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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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




Contributor, Photographer & Videographer: Leon Yan

37-14 忠武路2街



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。

Flickr: ~/junichihakoyama
Instagram: @junichi_hakoyama


Contributor: Whitney Ng

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Instagram: @junichi_hakoyama


供稿人: Whitney Ng




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.


Website: marcressang.com
Vimeo: ~/marcressang
Facebook: ~/MarcRessangPhotography
Instagram: @unioz


Contributor: David Yen

网站: marcressang.com
Vimeo: ~/marcressang
脸书: ~/MarcRessangPhotography
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.”


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






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


“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.”






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.”




“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.”



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.”



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!


Facebook: ~/Plzmanleung
Instagram:  @puzzleung
Flickr: ~/puzzlemanleung


Contributor: Ye Zi

脸书: ~/Plzmanleung


供稿人:  Ye Zi

Bicycle Boy

After visiting Seiseki-Sakuragaoka, the Japanese suburbs that the 1995 Studio Ghibli film Whisper of the Heart was modeled after, Polish-born and Tokyo-based artist Mateusz Urbanowicz was inspired to paint his Bicycle Boy series, which consists of ten watercolor paintings that bring the film’s narrow roads and suburban landscapes to life. Urbanowicz uses 6B pencils to sketch out each moment before coloring them with Schimincke and Winsor & Newton watercolors. This series takes us on a journey of a dedicated bicycle boy who rides up challenging inclines and through the elements in order to reach his destination. Many of Urbanowicz’s other illustrations are also inspired by his new adoptive home of Japan as well as the animated backgrounds that feature in many Japanese anime films.

波兰出生的艺术家Mateusz Urbanowicz目前生活在东京。在参观完日本郊区圣迹樱丘(Seiseki-Sakuragaoka)——1995年吉卜力电影《心之谷》(Whisper of the Heart)的场景原型后,Urbanowicz创作了《自行车男孩》(Bicycle Boy)水彩画系列,通过十幅水彩画,栩栩如生地呈现出电影中出现的狭窄小巷和日本郊区景观。Urbanowicz在创作时,先使用6B铅笔画出草图,然后用Schimincke和Winsor&Newton水彩上色。这个水彩画系列带领观众,跟随一名骑自行车的男孩,骑过艰难的斜坡,经历各种天气,朝着目的地进发。Urbanowicz的许多其它插图的灵感还来自于他如今生活的日本,以及许多日本动画中的场景。

Website: mateuszurbanowicz.com
Facebook: ~/urbanowiczmateusz
Instagram: @mateusz_urbanowicz


Contributor: Whitney Ng

网站: mateuszurbanowicz.com
脸书: ~/urbanowiczmateusz
Instagram: @mateusz_urbanowicz


供稿人: Whitney Ng

Back to the Futuro



This is what an abortive dream looks like: barren, bleak, ghostly and surreal. Like the shattered tapestries of glass that hang from many of the window frames, these derelict prefabricated homes are full of wasted potential and squandered hope. But while these desolate structures may seem nightmarish, their science fiction aesthetics reflect the utopian imaginings of a postmodern bygone era.


These, in particular, were formerly vacation houses in a once-operational Taiwanese seaside holiday resort. Now, however, they look more like a last resort for degenerative zombies. The unusual idiosyncratic pods lie silently in motionless limbo on a bay overlooking the waters of the East China Sea, and the subtropical location seems to have played a key part in their demise. Although they are beset with rotted aspirations, they were conceptualized during a flourishing period of optimism – the 60’s and 70’s.

图片中这些废弃建筑曾是台湾一处海滨度假村的房子。然而,现在这些房子看起来更像是僵尸最后的乐园。设计别致的豆荚形建筑,面朝中国东海,默默地矗立在海湾边上。亚热带的地理位置似乎是它们被废弃的关键原因。虽然这些建筑现在只剩下各种破灭了的愿望,但对它们最初的构想和设计却发生在充满乐观精神的1960 和1970 年代。

Born in post-war Finland, the oval-shaped structures were a product of a booming experimental era when new trends and lifestyle perspectives were emerging like never before. Spurred on by a renewed faith in technology, unprecedented economic growth and an increase in leisure time, the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen conceived them as versatile housing units. They were made to adaptably serve many functions and designed to be easily transported, assembled and taken down as required.

这些椭圆形建筑首次出现在战后的芬兰,那是一个充满实验精神的时代,新的潮流、新的生活方式和观点以前所未有的速度纷纷涌现。人们对科技重拾信心,经济获得前所未有的增长,人们也有了越来越多的度假时间,在这种情况下,芬兰建筑师 Matti Suuronen构思了一系列多用途的度假房屋。独特的设计,使这些建筑能够灵活适应不同的用途,易于运输、组装和拆除。

Suuronen built the first prototype in 1968 and named it Futuro. Grounded in mathematical theory, the spheroid structures feature an ellipsoid fiberglass and reinforced plastic shell, with oval-shaped windows, door handles, light fittings and even elliptic-shaped power sockets. He also designed some box-shaped Venturo houses that followed the same prefabricated concept.

1968 年,Matti Suuronen建成第一个原型,并命名为“Futuro”(未来)。这些椭圆形建筑基于数学理论建造,外壳使用玻璃纤维和增强塑料制成,并配有椭圆形的窗户、门把手、灯饰配件,甚至连电源插座都是椭圆形的。Matti Suuronen还根据同样的预制概念,设计了一些箱形“Venturo”房屋。

The unique UFO form of the Futuro houses fascinated many and they were to be licensed and mass-produced in 50 countries. They were a popular hit with the growing leisure class who could also adapt the modular structures to be ski cabins, bungalows, hunting and fishing lodges, gas stations, and more. However, only 100 made it through production as an oil crisis struck in the beginning of the 70’s, which culminated in petroleum shortages and elevated prices around the world. The oil shock made the plastics for these pod structures more expensive and Suuronen’s space-age vision of the future died before it had begun.

Futuro飞碟式的独特形状吸引了很多人的注意,并申请了许可,准备在 50 个国家进行批量生产。越来越多的有闲阶级(leisure class,指拥有资产,生活以社交娱乐为主的阶级)喜欢上这种建筑,他们将这些模块化建筑用作滑雪小屋、度假小屋、狩猎和捕鱼旅馆、加油站等等。然而,最终只有 100 幢“Futuro”房屋得以被建造,1970 年代爆发的石油危机导致石油短缺,令世界各地的油价急剧上升。石油危机导致豆荚形建筑所需的塑料原材价格上涨,Suuronen对太空时代的未来愿景还没开始就已经夭折。

Over on the other side of the world, a few years later, an entrepreneurial Taiwanese businessman had audacious ambitions to use some of the same prefabricated pods to develop a seaside resort on the edge of the island. He had made his money with the popular soda Sarsaparilla and wanted to create a coastal holiday spot for the rich in Taiwan. However, although the pods were set up and inhabited for a short period of time, the fate of the flying saucer homes again ended in tragedy. The project was abandoned when the extreme weather and lack of interest scared off investors.


Standing shoulder to shoulder in dereliction, the solitary structures have now been left to rot on their seaside plot in Taiwan. Although this cluster of pods is one of the few remaining examples of this type of modernist modular architecture, it looks like they have been condemned to decay for good. Neglected by the world, the moldering units are destined for oblivion, like discarded irreparable spaceships on an apocalyptic alien crash site.


Ravaged by time, the atrophied abandonment is just about all that is left of this futuristic vision of housing. Although Norwegian artist Lars Ramberg has described these prefabricated homes as “ageing carcasses of failed modernism,” these structural skeletons appear to prove him wrong, as they have given rise to a subculture of aficionados and appear contemporary even by today’s standards. Perhaps these surreal UFO units were just ahead of their time, and time alone will tell what’s to become of these postmodern ruins.

随着时间流逝,这些未来主义建筑沦为废墟。挪威艺术家Lars Ramberg称这些预制式房屋是失败了的现代主义“残骸”。然而,事实却绝非如此。这些建筑“残骸”吸引了一批亚文化爱好者,即使以今天的眼光来看,它们也丝毫不失现代风格。也许这些超现实主义的飞碟式建筑只是超前了时代,只有时间会知道这些被废弃的后现代主义建筑最终的结局。

Videographer, Photographer & Contributor: Ghost

供稿人,图片摄影师与视频摄影师: Ghost

Painting Without a Paintbrush



Known for “painting without a paint brush” and creating masterpieces from unconventional items, Malaysian artist Red Hong Yi has amounted an impressive portfolio of larger than life portraits consisting of some of Asia’s most prominent figures. From the humble teh tarik man, to megastars like Jackie Chan and Jay Chou, and even Singapore’s national symbol, the Merlion, Red has used unorthodox items, such as tea bags, coffee stains, and sunflower seeds, to create symbolic portraits that are astounding in both scale and detail.

马来西亚艺术家Red Hong Yi 被大家称为“不用画笔绘画”的画家,原因是她总能想到出其不意的材料来创作,茶包、瓜子,甚至是咖啡杯底残留在纸上的咖啡渍,都成为了她绘画的“颜料”。她用这些我们日常生活中随手可得的材料,创造出一幅幅以著名亚洲人物为原型的大型肖像作品。从马拉西亚街头的“拉茶人(teh tarik man)”,到超级巨星成龙和周杰伦,再到新加坡的国家象征鱼尾狮。这些画作通常竖立起来比Red的个子还高,但当你走近细看,就会发现Red在创作大画幅作品的同时,也保留到它精致的细节,让人过目不忘。

Ai WeiWei with Sunflower Seeds (2012)
Open Your Eyes (2017)

Ai Wei Wei – Sunflower Seeds

The portrait that started it all was her sunflower seed tribute to Chinese contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei. Red completed this “painting” in an old Shanghainese shikumen alleyway with seven kilograms of sunflower seeds – five years later, she revived this portrait using 20,000 sunflower seeds to create her second Ai Wei Wei portrait, entitled Open Your Eyes.

艾未未,材料: 葵花籽

作为她的第一幅巨型肖像作品,她用葵花籽描绘出中国当代艺术家艾未未。Red 在上海一个传统石库门弄堂完成了这个作品,一共使用了7公斤的葵花籽。5年后,她再次创作艾未未的画像,这一次,她一共使用了20000颗葵花籽,并将作品命名为《睁开你的眼睛》(Open Your Eyes)。

Zhang Yimou – Socks and Pins 

During Red’s time in Shanghai, she also completed another portrait in one of the city’s iconic shikumen alleys. To depict the face of Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, Red used pins to piece together an array of monochromatic socks, which were then hung on bamboo poles much like how locals hang their laundry.

张艺谋,材料: 袜子和别针


Yao Ming – Basketball and Red Paint

Armed with a basketball and a pail of paint, Red bounced her way into creating a patterned portrait of Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming.

姚明,材料: 篮球和红色颜料

带着篮球和一桶颜料,Red 用篮球“拍”出中国篮球巨星姚明的画像。

Dato’ Lee Chong Wei – Shuttlecock Feathers

This high contrast profile of Malaysian Dato’ Lee Chong Wei, a World No. 1 professional badminton player, was put together with 1,800 shuttlecock feathers to celebrate his face off with Chinese player Lin Dan at the World Championships in Guangzhou.

拿督李宗伟,材料: 羽毛球的羽毛


Jay Chou – Coffee and Coffee Cups

Red’s portrait of Taiwanese pop megastar Jay Chou is one of her more symbolic works. “This project was inspired by the opening and closing lines in Jay Chou’s song ‘Secret.’ The opening line is about lifting a coffee cup from a saucer and the last line of the song is about autumn leaves and fragmented pieces.” She used hundreds of imperfect individual coffee stains to form Jay Chou’s portrait, likening them to the falling autumn leaves mentioned in “Secret.” The portrait took 12 hours to complete – Red said that coffee is one of her more temperamental mediums to date, as it was challenging to achieve the perfect consistency and required it to be applied in layers.


Red为台湾流行巨星周杰伦创作的画像是她最著名的作品之一。“这个作品的灵感来自于周杰伦的歌曲《不能说的秘密》开头和结尾的歌词。歌曲开头是‘冷咖啡离开了杯垫’,而最后有关秋叶和碎片的歌词是‘飘落后才发现这幸福的碎片,要我怎么捡?’。“她用数百个形态各异的咖啡渍,描绘出周杰伦的画像,而咖啡渍代表了《不能说的秘密》中提到的秋天的落叶。这幅作品用了12个小时才完成。Red 说,咖啡是她目前使用过的创作媒介中最变幻无常的一种。因为很难获得完美的一致性,她往往需要反复多层印绘才能达到效果。

她用数百个形态各异的咖啡渍,描绘出周杰伦的画像,而咖啡渍代表了《不能说的秘密》中提到的秋天的落叶。这幅肖像作品用了12个小时才完成。Red 说,咖啡是她目前使用过的创作媒介中最变化无常的一种。因为很难获得完美的一致性,她往往需要反复多层印绘才能达到效果。


Aung San Suu Kyi – White Carnations and Red Food Dye

“I didn’t sleep the whole night thinking of how to capture Aung San Suu Kyi’s great aura, dedication, strength, determination, compassion, intelligence, courage, poise, and gracefulness in a portrait. I wanted a portrait that not only captured her political eminence but also her beauty and love for her father, and his for her.” Red experimented with flowers and food dye for an entire month before creating her portrait of the Burmese Nobel Prize winner.


昂山素季(Aung San Suu Kyi),材料: 白色康乃馨和红色食品染料


The Merlion – Disposable Bamboo Chopsticks and Fire

The crown jewel of Facebook’s Singapore-based office is giant wall mural consisting of 15,000 disposable chopsticks, which were layered and torched to reveal the country’s national icon overlooking some of Singapore’s most recognizable sights.

鱼尾狮,材料: 一次性竹筷和火


Teh Tarik Man – Tea Bags

Touted as a quintessential Malaysian everyday hero, the teh tarik man is a namesake of Red’s Southeast Asian upbringing. Teh Tarik means “pulled tea” in Malay and is a traditional beverage that is comprised of sweet and frothy milk tea. Over ten shades of brown and 20,000 tea bags were used – in the end, this homage to her homeland weighed a whopping 200 kilograms.


拉茶人被视为代表马来西亚特色文化的“民间英雄”,同时也代表着Red的东南亚文化背景。“Teh Tarik“是马来语“拉茶”的意思,是当地一种传统奶茶饮料。这幅致敬她的家乡的作品一共使用了20000个茶包,形成 10多种深浅不一的棕色色调,重达200公斤。

Jackie Chan – Disposable Bamboo Chopsticks

To commemorate Hollywood legend Jackie Chan’s 60th birthday, Red collected 64,000 disposable chopsticks from around Zhejiang and in Beijing to create his portrait. The chopsticks were grouped together with string and placed in sequence along a metal frame, alongside 60 bamboo chopsticks holders that were intricately filled with skewers to form the Chinese word long, which is Jackie’s first name in Mandarin Chinese.

《成龙》,材料: 一次性竹筷

为了纪念传奇影星成龙的60岁生日,Red 在浙江和北京两地收集了64000支一次性筷子,创造了这一幅肖像作品。她用细绳将筷子捆在一起,在一个金属架上排列出成龙的肖像,又在旁边排列了60个竹制筷子架,里面装满了长竹签,组成成龙名字中的“龙”字。

Many of Red’s portraits have received international acclaim and widespread media attention, allowing her to put a spotlight on Asia-based figures through her art. Her works are influenced by both her Malaysian upbringing and her current surroundings. Her time in Shanghai even helped to shape her unique style by opening up her world to a plethora of readily available raw materials. Most recently, Red has created series of #flowerbombing collage style portraits, which celebrate an admirable group of women in arts and entertainment, including the likes of Kiko Mizuhara, Liu Wen, Michelle Obama, Emma Watson and Alicia Keys.

Red 的肖像作品备受国际赞誉,吸引了广泛的媒体关注,让她得以通过自己的艺术,致敬亚洲地区的著名人物。在马来西亚成长的经历和如今在上海的生活,都对她的作品产生了重要的影响,也正是在上海生活的期间,她形成了自己的独特风格,因为这里有大量的现成材料。最近,Red创作了#flowerbombing系列的拼贴风格肖像作品,致敬在艺术和娱乐行业有着杰出成就的女性,其中包括水原希子、刘雯、 Michelle Obama、Emma Watson和 Alicia Keys。

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Contributor: Whitney Ng
Images Courtesy of Red Hong Yi

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Instagram: @redhongyi


Contributor: Whitney Ng
图片由Red Hong Yi提供

Behind the Shoulders of Saigon

Students in uniform heading home after a day of classes, riding on the back of their parent’s motorcycles; a cyclist delivering takeout, masterfully steering with one hand and balancing a tray of steaming hot food on the other; and a pickup truck loaded with furniture heading to their third destination of the day. These are all-too-common scenes in the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City, and graphic designer Maxk Nguyen revels in this frenetic energy. Finding inspiration in this hustle and bustle, Nguyen and his team created the Sài Gòn sau vai, which presents unconventional portraits of the city’s busy inhabitants as a series of beautiful illustrations. “Here in Saigon, every time I step out into the street, I see someone’s back. Even though I do not see their faces, they all bring me endless inspirations.”

放学后跨上摩托车顺路回家的同班同学,一手把着方向盘一手举着托盘穿梭在人群里的“外卖高手”,满载家具的小货车一脚油门赶往今天的第三个目的地。这座城市到处都是匆匆而过的人,还没留意看清楚,就已经从你旁边擦身而过了。居住在越南胡志明市的设计师Maxk Nguyen,钟情于这些匆忙的背影,他选择了这个与容易被人忽略的角度,和他的团队一起创作了这个名为《Sài Gòn sau vai》插画作品。“在西贡,我每次走上街,眼前仿佛都是一个个或匆忙或优雅的背影,虽然我不曾看清他们的正脸,但这些背影也给我带来了无限的想象。”



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供稿人: Ye Zi

Long(ing) House



Malaysian Borneo may not be as vast as its Indonesian counterpart, but it is every bit as mysterious. As you go deeper into its interiors, traversing the thick and untamed rainforest, you’ll find cultural treasures like the traditional longhouses of the Kelabit people, which have been well-preserved and protected from our encroaching modern civilization.


I’m off to meet the craftswoman Sina Rang at her homestay in Bario, in the heart of Sarawak, one of the two Bornean states of Malaysia. Before I hop on the 14-seater Twin Otter, I’m asked to weigh myself with all my hand luggage. The outcome of this measurement is quickly noted down. I follow the bubbly mix of locals, tourists from West Malaysia, a couple of foreigners… and a few cages of chicken as we’re invited to take our places onboard. I’m the last one to enter and the door shuts directly behind me, cutting off my route of escape. The vehicle reminds more of a stuffy mini-van than a plane. What comes next is an unnerving feeling as the air-van starts moving before I can sit. I eventually clutch at 1A, a seat just behind the pilots – the cockpit has no doors – as one of them quips, “You got the first class ticket! Congratulations.” We take off effortlessly into the clear skies, towards the ominously dark clouds amassing on the horizon.

我出发去巴里奥(Bario)拜访当地的手艺人Sina Rang,约在她的民宿会面。巴里奥位于沙捞越的中心区域,这里是马属婆罗洲领土上的两个行政区域之一。我们搭乘 14 座的双水獭飞机前往巴里奥。在登机之前,我被要求先去称一下自己加上随身行李的重量,他们快速地将测量结果记录在案。然后,我就跟着当地人、几个来自马来西亚西部的游客、几个外国人……还有几笼鸡一起上了飞机。我是最后一个登机的,舱门在我身后直接被关上,切断了我想要逃跑的最后可能。在我看来,这更像一辆拥挤的小型面包车,而不是一架飞机。我开始感到不安,因为在我坐下来之前飞机就开始移动了。我的座位是 1A,就在飞行员后面,驾驶舱是没有门隔着的,其中的一位飞行员还打趣道:“恭喜你拿到了头等舱的机票!” 之后飞机毫不费力地成功起飞,上升至晴朗的天空中,但朝着一团积聚在地平线上的乌云飞去,给人一种不祥的预感。

We fly over grids of never-ending palm plantations, which go on for miles until reaching one of the national parks – the last frontier of modernity. The jungle finally takes over. We pass the two peaks of the Batu Lawi, known as sacred mountain protectors, which seems to angrily react to our presence by conjuring an unforgiving storm around our toy plane. The foreigners scream, and I quickly regret the privileged view I’m getting into the cockpit. I’ve been warned that in the worst-case scenario our tiny aircraft can glide and glide. I’m still quite doubtful but these planes had flown before on not much more than a pair of wings and a prayer, and it seemed like we weren’t lacking in the latter – the Kelabit people of Bario are fervent Christians. “Are you scared?” shouts one of the pilot, with a grin more suitable for the captain of the Flying Dutchman. We finally get behind the curtain of clouds – the pilots must have seen this clearing on their radar – and the rice paddies twinkle just as we’re about to land in the valley etched against the Kelabit Highlands. I smiled in relief at the other foreigners. To us, the outsiders, this journey felt like a rite of passage or a cleansing of sorts, but the locals have been at the mercy of this formidable jungle for centuries. Their relationship is symbiotic, and the Kelabit regard the forest with both understanding and respect.

我们飞过无边无界的棕榈园,在数英里之后到达一个国家公园——这里是现代文明社会的最后边界,再往前就进入了原始丛林。飞机经过了被称为”圣山保护者“的巴杜拉威山(Batu Lawi)。这座高山似乎对我们的到来感到十分愤怒,在我们飞机四周聚集起一股无情的风暴。飞机上的外国人开始惊叫,而我很快就后悔自己有“头等舱”的特权。有人曾告诉我,在最坏的情况下,我们这架小型的飞机会不断滑行。我心里有点忐忑,不过这架飞机之前的确都是靠一双机翼和人们的祷告成功飞行的,而我们显然不缺乏祷告,因为巴里奥的加拉必族人们都是虔诚的基督徒。其中一名飞行员向我喊道:“你害怕吗?”他脸上的笑容让我联想到传说中那一艘永远无法返乡的幽灵船——“飞翔的荷兰人”(Flying Dutchman)的船长。我们最后成功穿越了厚厚的乌云,我想飞行员一定在雷达上就看到了现在眼前这片晴空吧。即将着陆于加拉必族的山谷的时候,我看到了下面一片片熠熠闪烁的稻田。我看着身边其他外国人,如释重负地微笑了。对我们这些外来者来说,这段旅程感觉就像一个仪式或净化之旅,但对当地人来说,数个世纪以来,他们一直受着这片原始丛林的恩惠。他们和自然之间的关系是共生共存的,加拉必族人尊重和敬仰这片丛林。

Bario has only one phone provider and it’s not the network I’m on – I’m cut off from the rest of world. The Kelabits, however, are immensely hospitable, generous and life-loving, instantly making me feel like I’m at home. The communal spirit still dominates the Bario Asal (asal in Malay means “original”) longhouse where I stay at. The concept of open home, where neighbours freely mingle with each other is refreshing to a city dweller like me. The Kelabit people embraced Christianity and reconciled old traditions with the new ones. They adjusted, hopeful that their ways of life will survive, but the youngsters flock where the jobs are, often leaving the remote Bario village behind in search of opportunity.

巴里奥只有一个通讯运营商,而我的手机不属于这一网络,所以我彻底与外面的世界断绝了联系。然而,加拉必族人非常好客,他们既慷慨又热爱生活,瞬间让我感觉非常自在。我住进了名为Bario Asal (Asal 在马来语中是指“原始”) 的长屋,在这里,集体主义精神仍占主导地位。这里的居住环境是开放式的,邻居们可以自由地来往,像我这样的城市居民对于这种概念感动十分新奇。加拉必族人信奉基督教,他们调和着古老的传统文化与现代的文化。这里的人希望通过这种调整,让他们的生活方式流传下来。现在的年轻人都涌出去找工作,为了获得工作机会,他们往往要离开这个偏远的巴里奥村庄。

I listen to the olden-day stories from the residents of Bario Asal who retired and came back, such as Gerawat Nulun, a well-travelled man who studied on an exchange program at Harvard in the past. My host, Sina Rang, also lived outside of the village for a period of time. Now, she’s trying to bring more tourists to Bario, inspire other residents to start homestays, and revive their traditional crafts. And she’s not alone in this dream. There’s hope that their efforts will create jobs and bring the young people back. With the current reality of Bario Asal, the longhouse feels like it’s named quite appropriately, as there is much the Kelabit long for: a longing to sustain their way of life, a longing to see their cultural heritage preserved, and a longing for those who have left to not forget their roots.

我从一些退休后回归的Bario Asal居民那里听了很多从前的故事,包括Gerawat Nulun,他是一个去过很多地方旅游的人,之前也曾参加一个哈佛大学的交流项目。我的屋主Sina Rang也曾在村庄外面生活过一段时间。现在,她正在努力吸引更多的游客来到巴里奥,她鼓励其他居民开始经营民宿,复兴他们的传统工艺。她并不是唯一一个这样想的人,大家都希望这一努力能创造就业机会,吸引年轻人回到这里。看着目前Bario Asal的境况,“长屋”(longhouse)的名字仿佛承载了当地人长久以来的许多渴望(longing):渴望维持他们的生活方式,渴望见证他们的文化遗产得以完好保留,以及渴望那些离开了的人不会忘记自己的根。

Contributor, Photographer & Videographer: Gloria Kurnik

供稿人,图片摄影师与视频摄影师: Gloria Kurnik