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Photography or Art?
It is well known that art originates from life. In this regard,humanistic photography walks along the edge of art. In such an erawith continuous rows of cold modern buildings, the vitality of lifehas completely vanished. The ignorance between people is not themeaning of life leaving no aesthetic perception at all. Although weare all works of art created by God, ignorance is absolutely notthe art appreciated by God.
Fortunately, there are still old towns in corners of mostcities. For numerous old towns bearing cultural accumulations, theyhave been fading after experiencing years of wind and frostalthough they have been once flourishing and glamorous. In fact,these are only presentations. Mottled walls and over-trodden andbroken slab stones don’t prevent one from having a jolly time inthese towns. One may sit at leisure in the sunshine, play withchildren, go for a walk in a quiet place with a bird, trimvegetables for cooking, hang clothes or talk about small householdaffairs. Time passes quietly in the process of arranging clothingand food which just represents the life of ordinary people. Somepeople make their living by means of trades in relation to diet anddaily life who spend no time in thinking about and need notunderstand why modern people establish so many unnecessary tradesto meet their demands. You will live comfortably relaxed in oldtowns, in which you needn’t cope with complicated relations orwon’t feel overwhelmed due to great pressures. Such ordinary liferepeats day by day, year by year and century by century. Afterrepetitive revival and sleep, the same street, lane, store andwooden bench witness the true meaning of life and precipitate theessence of the world.
Thanks to old towns preserved in Nanjing, they remind me mychildhood. Wandering in them, you will see steadfast life andtemperature of human nature which make you feel anxious to becomeinvisible and record the nearly disappearing preciousness withoutdisturbing the last piece of pure land. As the supporter of therecord, it is unnecessary to discuss the artistic quality ofphotography just like the uncertainty of the outcome of a war. As atool, camera is produced to preserve wonderful instantaneous oflife comparing to weapon produced for victory. The true artoriginates life and daily details and accumulations. All yourknowledge and your understanding about life just wait for themoment when you catch a flash of genius. These are the fullsignificance of photography. One shall capture the perfect momentby taking advantages of your foresight, aesthetic judgment,courage, agility and skills. In the process, treat camera as theweapon, feet as the mount and conception as the comprehension ofart and life. One shall always bear in mind that art exists inevery detail of life instead of being created by you. You can onlydiscover and record art by summoning the camera, step forward andfly your dreams. For your artistic pursuit, you shall patientlypolish precise mould as a skillful turner, perfectly use lancet asan excellent surgeon and choose the true star from a large numberof mounted and foot soldiers as a talent scout. Don’t question yourown ability when you have produced a real product. A photographymaster once said that, “Interests and charms always form naturallyand microhand photographers can capture them occasionally.”
January 8th, 2016