I. Photography "Personal Belongings"
II. Single Channel Video "A Day"
III. Polaroid Photo "Exchanging"
Personal Belongings in Vienna (Residency in Vienna)
I spent a month in Vienna. I like this city, so I want to create a better understanding of the city and its people of this city. The creation is divided into three parts:
PART 1: Photography "Personal Belongings"
Based on my educational background in Journalism and Applied Psychology, I applied interview and psychology to the creation of the project Personal Belongings, doing it in China for five years： Be naked and let your precaution down. A story about a part of life. An important personal belonging. But their faces were not recorded. I think faces distract the viewer from the important elements of the photograph, the current scene, and the stories in it.
It was different from shooting in China, where I took pictures in a monochrome background, but in Vienna I let people choose a place that could connect with the object. For me, the new environment inspired me, and the change gave me a different shooting experience.
PART 2: Single Channel Video "A Day"
It's a one-shot, fast-forward video recording of four Viennese on a typical day. I stayed with each of them from morning to evening, and I followed them to do the same things, eat, work, go to school, socialize, and so on. I spent the day getting close to them and getting involved in their lives from the view of a stranger.
All four of them told me from the start, "My day is boring," and I took a fast-forward approach that broke the ice, described their ordinary but unusual day humorously: accidentally picking up 13 cameras on the street, taking part in gay parades happily, signing and stamping a coveted work visa, and taking part in the last seminar of the university.
PART 3: Polaroid Photo "Exchanging"
This set of photographs records the story of a straw hat I brought from Chengdu, which turned into a wooden lizard after 13 strangers. I exchanged objects with the Viennese, passed objects on to the next stranger, and then took a picture of them who hold the last person's belonging, in this way to make a relationship between strangers.
The creation of the above three parts enabled me to quickly integrate into the local people's life through objects as a link, to experience as much as possible the local people's life, and to be accepted quickly. They all discuss relationships: people and things, things and things, people and people.