A Journey In Reverse Direction | Zhu Lanqing | Handmade Photography Book

 

As to Zhu Langqing’s work it was for me personally not only a well-balanced reflection on her hometown on how to use several expression forms of photography. While being a reflection on the past and the present it avoided self-centered sentimentalism and came across as a general statement of what photography can mean to all of us when we use it as a reflection on change in our visual environment. That this was a Chinese environment is at the same time essential because of her being Chinese and accidental as such relationships to home environments are general experiences.

—— Canida Hofer (Photographer, The Judge of 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award)

Just like most Chinese students, as soon as she finished high school, Zhu Lanqing left her hometown and started a new life journey somewhere away. During her days of studying and living in Beijing, hometown had become pieces of photos in her heart. Her thinking about hometown had made her know about Dongshan Island much better. Years later, she started to use camera to record the hometown she’s been thinking about day and night.

Book of Hometown is a hand-made book Zhu made in the past two years. Most photos in this books were shot in Ju’s hometown Dongshan Island, which is an unspoiled natural island located in the South West of Xiamen Island in Fujian Province.  Having a pile of random photos, Zhu still is not sure if her hometown has a definite connection with her. At last, she finished the editing and producing of the book in Taipei and started this hometown book in the order of ‘Eight Feet Gate’, ‘home’, ‘food, land and god’ and ‘sea’.

‘Unstoppable urban development let people get amnesia, because they often forget what used to exist here before. I can only catch up with its pace, with the camera to ‘fight’ the changes in my hometown.

As the beginning of the book, I was dressed in clothes from grandparents, which was found in their room. The effect seems to be a mutual process between my hometown and myself. What I have seen is what it wishes I could see. Shooting hometown seems like a journey in the reverse direction, leading to the dark memories and our original heart.’

Having graduated from Photojournalism course in the People’s University of China, Zhu is now doing Visual transformation in Institute of Practical Fine Art of Taiwan Fu Jen Catholic University. Book of ? X ? was once nominated for Best Photographic Book awarded by French magazine Photo-Eyes in 2012 and once again, Ju has been selected as the winner of 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award.

 

A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing

 

A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing


A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing
A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing

To see more of Zhu’s work, please check:

 

 http://julanching.com/

 

 

Five Nights, Aquarium | Wenxin Zhang

 

Five Nights, Aquarium | photography by Wenxin Zhang

“I try to reconstruct my inner journey from trips I’ve made between my home country China and San Francisco during these two years in a truthful way, but the overloaded feelings of estrangement and desolation created by the journey have transformed my memories into illusions of confinement. Due to this confinement, my journey story became a space-time, which resembles an aquarium. In this aquarium, cityscapes are fish tank decorations, people are fish, and writings are tank labels.

I chose five nights in the whole reconstructed journey story, using five semi-fictional short stories as clue, to portray the imaginary aquarium. The stories are cold yet intimate, sensual yet intangible. The narration of journey moves from real to imagined spaces, exploring the boundaries between autobiography and fiction.”

Wenxin Zhang (b. 1989), who is a young photographic artist currently lives and works in San Francisco. Graduated from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, she received her MFA degree in Photography. 

Zhang is always redefining her reality. In her writings and photography, she describes her experiences of growing up in China, her current life in San Francisco, and her personal relationships—in a voice that is melancholic and tranquil. Five Night, Aquarium, is a non-linear narration weaved by photographs and five short written works.

Zhang was selected as a finalist in 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award and she was a camper at the first LBM camp for socially awkward storytellers.

Five Nights, Aquarium | photography by Wenxin Zhang

 

Five Nights, Aquarium | photography by Wenxin Zhang

 

Five Nights, Aquarium | photography by Wenxin Zhang

 

Five Nights, Aquarium | photography by Wenxin Zhang

 

To see the whole story of Five Nights, Aquarium, please check:

http://zhangwenxin.com/the-novel/photographs/