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荷 lotus

我爱荷,不同年龄的荷,不同形态的荷。只要是荷,我就喜爱。 I love lotuses for lotuses’ sake.

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last week at REDTORY 来自红砖场

(English below Chinese text) 上周日,在红砖场听了张翠蓉的讲座,然后去看了几个展览,包括吴冠中的作品翻印展和美国电影海报展。对于海报,没有特别喜欢的。但吴冠中的作品,我喜爱至极。他的简约和抽象,让我想起我喜爱的另一个艺术家,Georgia O’keeffe。观赏了大师的作品后,似乎周围的景物都成了他的作品,比如那面斑驳的墙。 Went to a talk By Cuirong Zhang at Redtory near downtown Guangzhou last Sunday. Then went to a couple art shows there. One of them is American Movie posters, another one is Wu Guanzhong’s … Continue reading

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digital pin hole photos 数码针孔摄影

pin hole portrait – woman with long hair – Images by xiaomei chen 又试着玩了玩针孔摄影。 Played with digital pin hole photography this afternoon. Tested many times, this is the sharpest I could get.

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Under the Phoenix Tree 凤凰树下

(中文在英文下面) It rained quite a bit in the past few days so that phoenix flower petals fell and dotted the ground in Mt. Dafu Park. I always love Phoenix trees, whose leaves are like big, big feathers made of smaller … Continue reading

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more abandoned

    近来杂事多,好久没有贴图了。有点内疚。先贴几张一个月前拍的图片。 It’s been a long, long while since I last uploaded images here. GUILTY is what I have been feeling. I should see harder and photograph more and update the blog more frequently… But a lot of time, … Continue reading

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“Dad, beware, the mountain is caught on fire.” “爹,火烧山了,闪开点啊“

(Note: English below Chinese text.) 二0一二年四月九日晚,我的伯公(我外公的哥哥)温全芳在曾田镇(蒲竹所属镇)的家中去世,享年95岁。 伯公的葬礼对于我,是一个艰难的局面。它是《蒲竹纪事》的一部分,我必须记录它。因此,我是一个记录者。同时,我又是伯公的亲戚,自小对他有感情。他在我出生的时候,拿我的生辰八字算卦,对母亲说,我长大后,是“捉笔的”。事实上,但凡我们家有大事发生,比如入伙新居,父亲的大生日等事宜,都要请教伯公。他是我母亲这个家族中最有智慧的人, 也是蒲竹村最有文化的人,通天文地理,懂绘画,一辈子教书育人,在村里很受尊敬。在伯公的葬礼中,我常常不知道是该和母亲一同烧香、跪拜,还是该拍摄。我后来发现自己有时和亲戚们一起烧香、跪拜,有时则在拍摄。我很感激伯公的直系亲属给我完全的自由拍摄。 按当地客家的风俗,伯公的去世年龄算百岁——因为四舍五入的缘故。因此,这丧事不算白事,当红事来办。对联是红色的。出殡时亲友所戴的孝带也是红色的。红色的寿线被认为是非常吉祥的物品,会保佑我们,应该永久保留。因为这葬礼是“红事”,来奔丧的许多亲友并没有悲戚之情。他们似乎更像是趁机来相聚似的。葬礼中,笑声和哭声相交替。 伯公的葬礼既简单,又复杂。说它简单是因为许多繁复的礼节都被省略了。说它复杂,则是因为这场葬礼糅合了许多看来向冲突的元素。没有请和尚念经,却请了近年来颇流行的鼓乐队。乐队同时管放礼炮。乐队共七人,都穿红色制服——因为这是“红事”。让我颇觉奇怪的是,家属要求乐队穿红色的制服,自己却并没有按传统的习俗披麻戴孝。 伯公去世的次日,从下午四点到晚十点,音乐不断,或唱或奏或通过电脑播放mp3。所唱、所奏、所放的音乐五花八门,有哀乐进行曲,有流行歌,比如《大约在冬季》、《我是潮州人》,有民乐,如《在那桃花盛开的地方》,有电视剧插曲,如《枉凝眉》、《好人一生平安》,有宗教音乐,如《大悲咒》,还播放了中国的国歌。这奇怪的曲目单,似乎映衬了中国的现状:一个集合了古、今、中、外元素的蒙太奇,纷乱繁杂,总处在变化之中,包含了许多不确定的因素。 乐队还每隔二十分钟就响一次礼炮。那是西式的礼炮,样子与战场上的炮火无异,有21条炮管。礼炮震天价响。 十点后,礼炮暂停,但乐队通宵不眠地工作,将音响的音量调低了,继续放音乐。到第三日凌晨五点,礼炮又响起,音乐的音量又被调高。没有邻居抱怨,因为都知道这是对死者的致敬。没人敢和死人过不去。 因为伯公是领工资的人,他不能土葬,只能火葬。若土葬,政府将取消两千元的送葬费和伯公去世后二十个月的工资补贴,要追究其家属的法律责任,还可能采取一些强硬措施阻止土葬,这可能是对死者的最大冒犯。火葬是客家老人所害怕的。我记得外婆去世前几次说,“最怕火烧。”不知道传统的伯公是否有同样的恐惧心理。在伯公入炉前,他的儿媳妇如此念叨:“爹,火烧山了,闪开点啊,闪开点啊。”不知道伯公能否听到。 (更多图片:http://chenxphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/Puzhu-Quanfang-Wens-Funeral/G0000iezCOIYY1Ag/) Quanfang Wen, my grand uncle (my grandfather’s brother), 95, passed way  at his home in Zengtian on the evening of April 9, 2012.  The news … Continue reading

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The artist is exhausted 许大爷累了

(中文在英文下面) Last time when I saw Jiazhi Xu, 78, he looked exhausted and a bit weak. Although he was dressed up as usual, he didn’t perform as much as he used to. When he got home, he threw himself to … Continue reading

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清明时节雨纷纷 rainy, rainy spring night

近来忙,疏忽了博客。上两周拍的片子,还没时间编辑。今晚随意在这里贴上一张,表示我仍在乎我的博客。是清明过后的一个雨夜,在我的新家附近:番禺钟村。逆来的车灯稍染亮了雨伞和雨雾。逆光、雨伞和雾气,都是我所喜欢的。 It’s been hectic recently. Too much happened. Too much to do. Too much coming and going… I haven’t even got the time to edit the pictures from the last two weeks. Tonight, it just occurred to me that I … Continue reading

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red, yellow, blue 红黄蓝

I found New York and Guangzhou has something in common: the street walls are artisitcally interesting. 我发现广州和纽约的墙都很有意思,有抽象艺术的味道。

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“Make passion move…” “让激情动起来“

Found this in Guangzhou. In the poster, it says, “make passion move.” Well, guess you know what passion means here. 在广州路过这个红色激情地带。。。

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