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年近了 The dragon is coming

As the year of dragon approaches, I wish you a blissful new year full of joy and peace! 祝所有善良、诚实的人们在龙年大吉大利、一帆风顺、心想事成! Chinese New Year of dragaon 1 – Images by xiaomei chen

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Huangtian 黄田

(Note: English text below Chinese) 黄田依山傍水,因为东江的缘故,曾是粤东山区一个交通枢纽、商业中心。到赶集的日子,就很热闹。但它还是一个小镇子。现在,它不但小,而且落魄了。因为现代交通的发达,东江似乎失去了它作为交通枢纽的作用。人们不再乘船远行,而是坐车走高速公路。年轻人也再守不住山区小镇的寂寞,渐渐离乡到大城市去。镇里唯一的客家围龙屋也只剩了个空壳。 但中国人总忘不了自己的根。人走了,家族的祠堂还是要建起来。有了祠堂,老祖宗才能保佑自己和后代。一月九日,黄田的曾氏祠堂落成,举行了入伙典礼。炮仗、香烛、锣鼓、舞狮表演和人群让平日寂寞的小镇忽然热闹起来。 Huangtian, a small Hakka town in east Guangdong Province, sits by the East River and in the valley of Gui Mountains. Before express highways were built, the East River was an important water … Continue reading

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路上,家,母亲的笑 on the road, home,mom’s laughter

(Note: English text below Chinese.) 在中国,尤其是在广州,人满为患。在地铁和公交车里,很少能坐着。从车外往里看,人们很无奈地挤着。广州的公交车和地铁总让我想起市场里的鸡笼。这个画面从我二十多年前第一次去广州的时候起,就一直贴在我脑海里。过了那么多年,广州已经很现代化了——用我那些发达资本主义国家的朋友们的话说,广州比他们的美国城市还现代,但公交车=鸡笼的画面仍牢牢贴在我的脑海里。 元旦那天,我和波、群挤地铁从员村到芳村,然后在芳村转挤公共汽车,到佛山探望群的父母,去吃大盘鸡,还有新疆面条。群的父母是朴实、善良的人,并且好客。所以,挤一个多小时的车很值得。可是,我仍然很想念开车到处乱逛的日子。那种自由,在中国,似乎可望不可及。 多年没去芳村,发现原本荒凉的地段如今也热闹了,还有些杂乱。街头到处是摆地摊的。那些人自称来自西藏,专卖野生动物的骨、角、爪子等。我看见几个老虎爪子,巨大而张狂。也不知道那些东西是不是真的。希望不是的。不然,我们的稀有动物就更稀少了。 路上还遇到一个老人,神情有些古怪。我拍了一张他的照片,然后谢谢他。他盯着我,有审视的意思。今天,我看他的照片,忽然觉得他有点哲人的味道。 前天终于又回老家河源去。妹妹也带了孩子回娘家来。我那敏感又可爱的小外甥女教她的外公、外婆玩一个手机游戏:一只学舌猫,阴阳怪调地重复我们说的每一句话。这个简单又好玩的游戏充分暴露了我母亲的儿童本性。她不断地咯咯大笑,笑得喘不过气来,仍没能忍住笑。原本被学舌猫引得发笑的外甥女于是发现她的外婆原来比学舌猫更好笑。 For those who always criticize China’s one-child policy, I suggest they come to live in China and live a life like most Chinese citizens, who have to squeeze into a … Continue reading

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圣诞这个星期, This week

(Note: English below Chinese text) 回国来一个多月,看到很多图片,但拍的并不多,常常是在上、下班的路上,或和朋友聚会的途中,蜻蜓点水似的抓拍一些图片。所以这些图片,多是粗糙的。之所以蜻蜓点水,是因为总是很匆忙,还因为我发现在国内拍片比在美国要困难很多。人们总是有很高的警惕心理。我仍保留着在美国的拍片习惯——总要事先征求被拍者的同意,才端起相机。结果,大多数人都给我一声恶狠狠或冷冰冰的“不”,他们看我的眼神也很奇怪,似乎我是一个怪物。 然而,中国的社会景象似乎比美国更加丰富、精彩,很值得纪录下来。我真希望能花时间好好拍摄。我希望我有足够的时间和拍摄对象沟通,让他们知道,我没有恶意,只是想用我的相机拍下我看到的文化和社会景象,或者正在发生的、老百姓的历史。 圣诞这周,仅是在上下班的路上,和朋友下馆子的途中,就可以强烈感受到当今中国是一个让人眼花缭乱的蒙太奇世界。 在广州最新、最昂贵的珠江新城,赶潮流的人们仿效西洋人戴上心形荧光眼镜、荧光牛角、还有新奥尔良狂欢节面具,走到银光闪烁的圣诞树旁拍照。离珠江新城只有三个地铁站的员村,三个满身满脸灰尘、发育不良、眼睛凄苦的孩子在街头吃力地卖艺。他们用破烂的音响播放流行月,惹来驱赶他们的警察。在一个高档四川餐馆,吃客们欣赏着传统的中国艺术表演:变脸和长嘴茶壶舞蹈……这是我离开七年后再回来看的中国。 Ever since I moved back to China, I often feel guilty because I haven’t been able to photograph as much and as often as I hope to. It is much more … Continue reading

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Christmas is coming, but…快圣诞了

Christmas in China is not the same holiday in the States. Every day, as I walk out of the subway towards my three-week office in Pearl River New Town, I hear Christmas songs. I have the feeling that they come … Continue reading

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上、下班的路上

I agreed to help an editor friend editing their 2012 special issue as an editor. So for the next three weeks, I will work in a cubicle. This is something quite strange for a photographer, who is used to traveling … Continue reading

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First China Snapshots 回国初的散照

china 112511 – Images by xiaomei chen (中文在英文下面) I find myself a stranger in my native land. I can hardly recognize the cities where I used to live for years. And it seems to me that everything is spinning and … Continue reading

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a glance of Philadephia 我的费城故事

I got up before 6:30 am, made myself a big cup of strong coffee, grabbed two bananas and an apple, climbed into my car, and hit the road towards Philadelphia. I was only semi-awake, but I was happy that I … Continue reading

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occupy wall street占领华尔街

occupy wall street – Images by xiaomei chen I kind of regret leaving New York on Monday, Oct. 10. I should have stayed longer just to photograph Occupy Wall Street movement. Unlike those who are confident about what is happening … Continue reading

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teachers and alcohol

Had an assignment for the Post tonight at a hippie high school (Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA) alum reunion. After people left the hall where they ate and drank while recalling their old memories, I found this teachers’ … Continue reading

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