The Image of the Silk Road - Tianshui Photography Biennale

Light of silk road 丝路之光

Di Jinjun

“There are only 4 countries in the world with long history, vast land, own system and profound systematic cultural influence. China, India, Greece, Islam, and there is no fifth one; These four cultural system only merged in Chinese Hexi Corridor in Dunhuang and Xinjiang, there is no other.”
- Ji Xianlin

The Hexi Corridor holds the title of “Silk Road throat”, which is the most important part of the silk road. It is about 1000 kilometers in length, covering nearly one hundred kilometers Kunlun mountain in the width. It is a narrow and flat ground from the northwest to southeast like the corridor. Due to the special geographical position, it becomes the golden section of the silk road. It passes Liangzhou, Ganzhou, Suzhou, Sabah, Guazhou, It crosses Gebi and the world, spreading the civilization everywhere. Charles Wittston invented stereo scope camera in 1838, Archer invented wet plate photography in 1851, Eastman George invented film in 1885. They had an irreplaceable position in photography history and played profound, influence in our contemporary visual life.
During the trip in the Hexi Corrido of more than one thousand kilometer, the trace of time was left on the aluminum by the flowing developer, I tried to take the record of thousands of people, the land, the wind and the dessert. A small hole on the camera lens can make the light enter freely.The intervention by light can lead 2 deferent results on the films while composing a new picture.One is visually controllable, the other is free image formation caused by light.
Walking on throat of the land in Hexi Corrido, I tried to let the light walk freely on the films of the wet plate and stereo scope camera.

Dimanche, 2016, juin 12