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Girls for Sale 女孩折价待售

Girls for Sale – Images by xiaomei chen 上周五晚,华盛顿的小资社区Georgetown举办Fashion’s Night Out。橱窗里站真人模特,都是女性,有小女孩,也有熟女。这算是文化活动,更是商业推广,目的很明确,就是吸引物质男女来疯狂购物。这其实就是PR活动。在雨中倘佯着,并没有什么心情拍摄物质男女们的兴奋。回来后,也不急着编辑图片。今天,终于一边看9/11纪念日新闻专题,一边编辑那晚的图片。忽然想,其实当晚可以使使坏,学Martin Parr,用镜头暴露生活里荒唐的一面:女孩折价待售。可惜,意识到这点时已经太晚。 Photographed Fashion’s Night Out in Georgetown, Wasington, DC last Friday. Honestly, I was not very interested in such PR events and I didn’t put too much heart or … Continue reading

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this blue, that blue 此蓝非彼蓝

Is a woman with blue lips and blue hair an avant-garde modernist? To some, she is not. To people like my mother, she is very much so. I could hear my mother scream in fear and anger if she were … Continue reading

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Snaps from DC metro 华盛顿地铁

(English text below Chinese) 今日从纽约回到华盛顿。在华盛顿“中国城”的星巴克和地铁站看到不少藏族佛教喇嘛。这几天他们在向一个伟人学习和平。他们面目友善,有几个还和我聊天。我告诉他们我是汉族人,喜欢、尊敬西藏和西藏文化,曾四次进藏。他们冲我笑。那笑,和我记忆中藏族人的笑是一样的……图二是在地铁里往外拍的。 I came across a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks at DC Chinatown’s Starbuck, then at the Metro station. They were very friendly. Some even talked to me. I told them I had been to Tibet … Continue reading

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Second step came to a halt 第二步嘎然而止

(English text below the Chinese one.) 为以防万一,我提前一个小时到华盛顿西北区房子失火处。一到就发现921号房子的门已开。一个男子在房前扫地。他是屋主的弟弟,来自厄瓜多尔。我说明来意,他很热情地让我进屋拍照。 十一点,我从漆黑的地下室出来,准备上楼继续拍,一个男人的硕大剪影直逼过来。我装着若无其事,说,“咳,你好。” 那人带着怒气责问:“你是谁?你怎么在这里?” 我简单重复了我的火灾项目,并告诉他屋主的弟弟允许我在里头拍照。 当我出门向刚到的屋主问候,再次说明来意,他们点头表示认可,并说不介意我在他们家拍照。 既然主人都同意了,我就耐心等着再进去拍。无聊那个硕大的不友好男人发话了:“你不能进取,不能拍照!” “请问你是谁?”我忍不住问。 “我为他们(屋主)工作,是他们的代理。” 我看看屋主。屋主看看那个硕大的代理,然后说,“既然他说不可以,那就不可以吧。” …… 我向代理要了名片,又给他一张自己的名片,说:“你可以到我的网站看我的作品,包括关于火灾的作品,你会发现,我没有坏的企图。如果你改变主意,请你和联系。” “我是绝不会改变主意的。”那人冷冷地说。 然后,他回头用对屋主说,“我们要…….这都是很单调的事情,你不必呆在这儿看。当然,如果你想留下来也可以。” 我心想,嗯,这家伙想主宰这房里的一切,不希望主人有任何干涉和建议。我希望屋主不要随便接受人家的摆布。 这时,屋主十六岁的儿子说:“我还是想留下来看看。也许你们可以教教我。” 我希望这年青是精明而警惕的。 ……. 离开时,我安慰自己:幸亏早来了一个小时,否则连一张图片都拍不到…… 这组图片,除了头几张利用现有的光线——从门进去的光线,其余的图片都靠一个微小的手电筒。这算不算不诚实呢?好好想了想,认为自己还是诚实的,因为地下室里一片漆黑,任何人去那儿都必须靠手电筒,我只是拍了通过手电筒的光看到的东西。 I am quite a nervous person. Each time I do something I care a lot, … Continue reading

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finally take a second step 终于挪出第二步

(注:中文在英文下面) Not long after I moved back to DC, I contacted several fire departments in the area and explained to them my fire project, hoping they would help me gain access for my fire project. They sounded quite understanding and … Continue reading

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Andrew John Brady, Museum, and Still Life

When I stepped out of the National Gallery Museum, the sun was sliding down the cityscape. There was only a stripe of sunlight on the front wall of Martin Luther King Library, which is opposite the National Gallery Museum. I … Continue reading

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still moments of my life in limbo

I’ve been living in limbo for years and years. But no other time  is more frustrating than last few months. I have tried to do something to pull myself out of many dark moments, not always successfully. Thanks for my … Continue reading

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