leather & art
This post is about a visit in a leather factory near Xinle. After that I go and see the Eastern College of Fine Arts.
I was waiting for my lens to be fixed, so I took the day off and hung out with my new friend. We had some tea and conversation, and he took me around town a bit. It was a bit weird at first because he was driving, and I suddenly found myself in a car after all this time. But then it was okay.
My friend knew everybody. He also happened to know someone in the leather business, so we went and checked out a leather factory:
It looked like a difficult work environment. But from a visitor’s standpoint I thoroughly enjoyed the place: the colors, the light, the shade. Even the noise and the smell.
The only downside was that I was wearing beach slides (to get some relief for my feet), so I couldn’t really dive into all the fun.
Since I was showing up with the boss, shooting went really relaxed.
I could just do what I wanted, and nobody even bothered.
Then we went to a place called Eastern College of Fine Arts 东方美术学院.
I was allowed to take pictures of some of the students while they were working on their art.
It reminded me of my time at the Beijing Film Academy.
I photographed a girl in the hallway.
Now this photo isn’t real – it’s a manipulation of reality. I asked her if she could stand there for me.
But then I’ve come to realize that my existence in general – a big foreign guy with a camera – constitutes a manipulation of reality in itself. People will always behave differently when I am there.
Is it an observer effect?
Or should I look at it differently and just assume that I, too, am I part of this reality?
You are visiting some beautiful places. Be careful an have a good time.
Thanks big guy, I will always be careful!
About your final question: ‘Or am I part of reality?’…
1) Who’s the ‘I’ your wrote about?
2) What do you mean by ‘I am’?
3) And how would you describe ‘reality’?
4) And, is that ‘I’ part of that ‘reality’?
5) ‘Or’ means: you’re not sure of things.
Best regards from Belgium!
beautiful pictures…working in the factory looks really hard…the study boy burning a kind of light….the girl had really great pose….;-)