九眼桥 Nine eyes bridge


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In order to see how far I can stretch my creativity, a half-year ago I decided to shoot within a very strict dedicated set of constraints. I bought an old 1990s Contax t-2 film camera and endured to only shoot with tri-x 400 film. At that point in time, I had never shot with film before, but I was feeling inspired by the people around me and wanted to go in a new direction. I didn't know it then, but I think I wanted to start taking things more seriously; considering every frame composed, waiting until that 'decisive moment' or whatever the hell that meant.

I'm not quite sure at exactly when, but also at that time I had come across an old issue of National Geographic at a local flea market one day with an article by David Allen Harvey and his accompanying images of Havanna, Cuba. The sun cast low on brown cobblestone avenues washed in pastel built by conquistadores, a young boy learning how to ride his first horse on a hill next to the handsome ruins of a Spanish mission, a taciturn jalopy resting under the shade of a fruit tree all silhouetted by that big beautiful blue ocean. His images were brilliant, beautiful, poignant, stirring, and exactly what I thought that "National Geographic look" should be. Somehow... if I had ever see Trinidad in person, I don't think it will ever look as good as it does in his photos.

More than a year and a half ago, I moved into an old apartment overlooking the southeastern portion of the city in a district called Jiu Yan Qiao, or "Nine Eyes Bridge." Since I'm located on the top floor, I can see the parts of the river flowing past Sichuan University, and have a clear view of the Sichuanese Music Conservatory next door as well. At different times of the day opera and Erhu music mix together, rise on the wind, a float into my garden. Once in a great while, I think can hear samba music as well.

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