Eye in the sky 👁👁. Do you ever just take the time to sit back and observe?
I find myself people/nature watching quite frequently. There is comfort and sanity in being able to pick and choose when I feel like being a part of the crowd or just being a distant observer. Today I’ll be the observer. Also Lanzhou seems to love certain colors for buildings. All about the greens, pale browns...basically everything pale! We live in the desert, the colors tend to make everything look even dustier 😂. I’ll never understand! Almost every building near my school is this color.
Over the last thirty years China’s growth has rocketed. However, over time since Antiquity, observing nature has been elevated to the ranks of an art form. “Shan Shui”, meaning “Mountains - Water”, refers to a particular style of painting which pays tribute to the path of water and mountains while illustrating the opposition between immobility and motion embracing relief. The regions running from Lanzhou to Shizuishan, faced a booming industrialization and urbanization. Despite being known since time began as the “Mother River”, many incidents of river pollution have taken place in this part of the region in the past decades.
The series by French photographer Sebastien Tixier and Raphaël Bourelly, titled 'Shān Shuǐ – of dust, concrete and water', offer us an overview of these regions and the important challenges they pose and a testimony of this panorama in all its complexity and contrast. It also shows it's poetry, nature and humanity.
The project is exhibited at Galerie Le 247 in Paris from May 3rd through June 30th.
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