中國第一部荒村檔案:40個消失的鄉村,簡直就像世外桃源!The First Archives of Abandoned Villagers in China


I was born in a mountain village in Yongchun, Quanzhou Later I moved to the city to work and live I’m one of those who experience the great wave of urbanization These abandoned villages I’ve been shooting them for five years In 2010 Accidentally I resigned To finish my photographing Liuyuan is a project about the wholly abandoned villages During the process of urbanization In the beginning I shot the Gouqi Island of the Shengsi Islands near Zhoushan, Zhejiang The village had 105 houses It was completely deserted in 1995 Now all the houses are covered with creepers This picture is the Dengbian village in Guangdong In the 1980s lots of villagers had already moved overseas Or gone to cities So some banyan tress surround houses There’s a balance between humans and the nature While humans move a step forward, the nature withdraws While humans back away, the nature takes it back immediately Basically I record the road leading to every abandoned village Because the road is why it’s deserted Like the Fengmen Village of Henan Is deep in the Taihang Mountain The road has been completely destroyed It took me eight and half hours walking into the village In some villages there’re one or two old men stay there One old man stays because he still has some crops to harvest Other one stays because he can’t get used to urban life So he moves back All of my shooting is done in summer Summer is a season with comparatively less emotion I use such a color pattern To reproduce a kind of quite calm emotion In 2014 There happened to be a big demolition in Xiaoshan, Hangzhou 1043 houses were pulled down Villagers took family photos before leaving their old homes So I seized the chance to begin shooting the series of Tangqianjian and Yiwu A ‘tangqianjian’ is the ground floor of rural buildings Villagers socialize In the small space It’s really warm Some put up lots of certificates of merit on the wall To show their relatives the children achieved good grades in school Some had double-happiness decorations to indicate marriage And the decorations have never been torn off When they were pulled down Our countrymen migrated to cities It’s an important transition Yiwu is about tracing past life The pond used to be where rural women did laundry in the morning And washed vegetables and rice It was also where rural housewives exchanged information And gossiped This is what I can’t understand Why did he abandon his family photos Important items with emotions Tea ware and bowls, in rural areas People often had big family gatherings But after they move to cities They seldom do it It’s actually a record of the changes in social relationship And lifestyle I’ve traveled to Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Shanxi Henan, Hebei and Beijing I’ve visited over forty villages I still need five to six years I hope to travel all over China And leave complete visual archives for future generations

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