Monthly Archives: August 2011

mass baptism 洗礼

Photographed a mass baptism at United House of Prayer in northwest DC today. 八月最后的周日,华盛顿西北区的教堂(United House of Prayer)外,信徒们在洗礼。牧师和信徒都激情满怀的样子。乐队吹着激扬的音乐。 我听着牧师的演讲,心里其实有很多怀疑。然后,我看到一个硕大的“大人”坐在牧师身后的一张大椅里,懒洋洋地往后靠着,眯着两眼,那神情和一个腐败官员没两样。一个女孩在旁边摇着一把大扇,为他招风泼凉。他大概是牧师的老板。我已经不再怀疑。关于宗教的话题,总要引起争议,我也懒得多说。点到为止。 我看着信徒们捶胸顿足,眼泪鼻涕混流在嘴角而不知觉,想,这究竟是感动的眼泪,还是迷醉的眼泪?或者--他们不过是借这场合来发泄内心的痛苦。要知道,美国的种族歧视并没有根除,生活在底层的人们,黑人远比白人多。我的一个邻居,有一天在聊天的时候,明言她决不会和黑人恋爱成家。这还是一个受了高等教育的女人。

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Obama, are you going to win? 奥巴马,你能赢吗?

Did an assignment at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD this afternoon. A man was wearing a T-shirt with Obama’s face. This guy won some money,but he didn’t always win. In the first picture, he was counting how many tickets … Continue reading

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35 Annual Janmastami Fesitval 印度大节日

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krishna_1-2 35th-Annual-Janmastami-Festival – Images by xiaomei chen Photographed 35 Annual Janmastami Fesitval in Potomac, MD last Monday. 上周六喝多了两杯,到午夜时,脚下轻飘飘的,头上也轻飘飘的。头和脚往不同的方向飘。接下来两天,头痛恶心,如同大病了一场。 周一,张乃龚问要不要去拍印度人庆祝克利须那(Krishna)神诞辰,即Janmastami Festival。因为仍旧病恹恹的,在家里除了看书,别的也做不了,想着拍片也是一种无意识的体育活动,或许能驱赶我体内的酒精。也就欣然同往去感受印度人的节日。 那是一个多姿多彩的节日,更是一个快乐的节日。女人美丽动人,孩子纯洁可爱,男人面目和蔼。庙堂里的吟唱染遍整个夜空。山谷里的空气既宁静又快乐,感染着每一个人。便是没有宗教信仰的我,都被深深地感动。 从印度的神庙回到家,竟发现我完全摆脱了酒精的困扰,感觉很健康了。 昨日,稍微编辑了图片。 今日,拿出当晚的录音来听。心里某根弦竟又被触动,竟想起拉赫的《交响舞》,泪花在眼眶转了几圈。 为什么我这个无神论者会被宗教的吟唱深深打动?或许是因为渴望信仰(faith,不一定是宗教),而信仰一直离我很远,疑虑却总挥之不去?不知道这是不是中国大陆人们的通病。 即便是愚昧,有信仰的人其实很幸福的。有信仰的人,却不一定愚昧。只不过,很难做到这一点。

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frustrated fish 年年有鱼?

(中文在英文下面) I entered for a photo contest. I only submitted one image. One is enough, because photo contest is pretty much like gambling. Here is the image. You can help me win by clicking “vote for me” at the upper … Continue reading

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i wanna to be fish, if …

If I can’t be a bird, then I’d like to be a fish. A fish that can swim in the ocean and fly in the sky… 如果我不能做鸟,那么,老天,让我做鱼吧,能在海洋游,又能在天空翱翔的鱼。可以吗?

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coney island right after dusk

It’s been a while since I last posted any images here. Here are two snapshots from Coney Island, NY, taken several weeks ago. It was a lively place, just as it was the dirtiest beach I’ve even known. I’d love … Continue reading

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1st pin hole, quite blurry 首尝针孔,特虚

Maybe the hole is too big? The images come out rather blurry. 可能是孔太大了点,图片出来忒别虚。我也觉得心虚。

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DIY grid for my strobes

It is simple. A coffee bag, a bag of straws, sissors, super glue and duck tape. That’s all you need. Oh, and your patience and a mood to be playful.

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