Continue along the same line about something being “intrinsically” set with me creatively, this image is another proof (please see here for my other post). It was made a few years ago at the Suzhou Museum (苏州博物馆), which was designed by the world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. I didn’t realize at the time that my love to observe movement of lines and contrasts was already there.
I’m sure all creatives can relate. As we progress artistically, our interests in visual cues and expression techniques change. However, it seems that something is “buried” so deep in me that it hasn’t left me these years; or is it something that represents the intrinsic “true me” that’s simply waiting for me to realize one day?
This image was made a few years ago in Pingjiang Road (平江路), Suzhou (苏州), China. Little did I know that my interest in observing and documenting the interaction among seniors, especially in their communal gatherings, has been “set in stone” from a long time ago. 🙂
Could it be the recession of sun from the horizon or the eventual reduced heat that makes me remember this image? It was made in the famous Humble Administrator’s Garden (拙政园) in Suzhou (苏州), China. The dabbled light gives out a sense of mystery and romance, doesn’t it?
What happens when life moves in slow motion or you hold your eyes open without blinking, so long that your eyes hurt, or both? You call it blurred vision? I call it fine art. 🙂
This is what I made when I kept my eyes open for a long time at dusk at the port of Aeolian Island of Lipari – a boat sailing away into the distance, probably for the last time of the day.
Remember the gentleman that lost track of time by the side of street in Carmel, California? Well, I have another version of it, in China.
In the days when I was growing up, we tended to refer to future as the 21th Century, as if it’s somewhere far far away. With a blink of eyes, we are already more than a decade into the so-referenced Century. A visit to Xingping (兴坪), an ancient town that’s close to Guilin(桂林), China, makes me realize, maybe, some people have never been “back to the future”.
In this little room, it’d be safe to say that everywhere your eyes land, you’d see an indication of time – three calendars and one clock. And yet, history seems to refuse to leave. I mean, if Mao Zedong (毛泽东) is still around, he’d been 121-years old.
“A scene is a scene. But a scene with people comes alive”, says yours truly. 🙂
Did I tell you that a short walk from our hotel to the historical downtown in Mexico City and back was stretched into a whole (fun) day? Yes, that’s one of my strengths, in my own opinion. 🙂 Think about it, for a kid that loves candies, wouldn’t it be the best thing in the world if the candy lasts the whole day?
When visiting a place on foot, in addition to the monumental locations (sometimes skipped for subjective reasons), we check out the nooks and cracks with much joy. And this is what we were greeted with, at the end of the day, on our way back to the hotel – four gentlemen sitting on the same bench, each doing their own thing. What a fun “scenery”! I exclaimed, in my heart, and secretly raised the camera to my face. 🙂
Now, if you allow yourself to step back a little, it looks like a movie poster, doesn’t it? What would be the name of the movie, if that’s the case? You can totally make it up. Why not have some fun!
Some of you may already know that I have a crazy obsession/appreciation with lives that have passed their, in common views, “prime time” (see here and here). This explains my collection of dry leaves, tree barks and flowers that’s fallen from their stems. While majority (if not all) of the world celebrates the birth of a baby, and new growth on a tree, I also appreciate that, with scars, bumps and bruises, a more mature life has a lot more stories to share with a much calmer demeanor.
Take this leaf for example, how do you define its “prime time”? Had it not for the textures that come with the passing of time and the gifts of elements, would it have captured the light in such an interesting and beautiful way? Maybe now is its best time? 😉
Celebrate who (the heck) you are, every day of your life! Let me know if you need help see the beauty you hold.
I feel guilty, guilty for not staying up to date with my postings here.
I won’t even try to find an excuse. What happened is that, in my already packed schedule, I found time to enter a contest, one that celebrates the power of images. I thought it would be a great idea to show-case the variety of images made in our travels, with people going about their lives in the back-drops of their own environment. It’s been my long-time belief that people are part of the scenery. I know how to make landscape photography. In fact, I’ve done quite a lot in my travels (here‘s some very few examples). And if you have people in your images, that’s like putting seasoning in an already great dish. 🙂
Here’s a screen-shot of my entries. Click on it and feel free to share via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and/or email (links on the top right corner of the page). Once I get 1,000 votes, you could be going to New York city with me. No joking!
Before I let you go, what’s the first thing that you see once entering the page? Put it in the comment below.
You know I love doors. I am also full of curiosity. This image was made in a small port town (浪石) while rafting (it’s more like floating :-)) in Li River (漓江) near Guilin (桂林), China.
I’d attribute to everything I’ve achieved thus far to un-quenched curiosity. But, how much of it do you need to peek into someone’s door though? :p
Curiosity killed the cat? Nah…! Boredom would’ve killed it sooner. 🙂