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The Yellow River – Zhang Kechun

Zhang Kechun born in 1980 in Sichuan province is a Chinese artist and photographer. He is known for his photographs dwelling on the significance of the landscape in modern Chinese national identity. He currently lives and works in Chengdu, China.

China –

The Yellow River Surging Northward Rumblingly

Saying that it is a song might have been a popular joke.
Saying that it is our mother river or the root of soul might have been a deliberate oblivion.
Indulging ourselves in the turbulent pleasures of modernized world day after day, we might have put the winding river out of mind, and would not like to give any more calm gaze on it, even a second.

It is a river! No matter if it meanders or goes forward straight; if it’s swelling or dry; if it flows rapidly or slowly; if it’s lively or tranquil; if it’s majestic or elegant; if it’s simple or magnificent; if it possesses brightness or dark; if it’s colorful or gloomy; if it’s only an imagination and reality, it always embraces people’s life and fate, joy and sorrow, faith and hesitance.

 


      The rockery in dried up river, Shandong province

Then I determined to go and follow its pace, with all my courage and my only presentable tool — a large-format camera. That is my implicit expression. I have the knowledge that mountains and rivers are nothing a photographer may properly comment on, and behaviors like growling, making a bold pledge or a plaintive complaint on the presence of such an eternal being may look inappropriate. Now, it’s the moment that I must wake up my silent soul to quietly keep watch on it flowing for seasons, to stare at it through this journey, to drink a toast to it , to sing a song for it , and to have a sleep beside it.

Who is keeping watching on whom? Who is wrapped with the flow with whom? While be alive, we all go by with time. But we are still here, and we may have a better consideration on the future after having a look at the past and the present with heart.

 

A slag heap, Inner Mongonia.

 

In such a noisy world, perhaps nothing better than a fresh and simple ballad to praise its original noble color, its legendary past and present, and its inexhaustibility of drifting from place to place…

Carrying out this photograph project is because of the inspiration after reading the novel River of the North written by Zhang Chengzhi. Attracted by the powerful words in this novel, I decided to take a walk along the Yellow River to experience and feel the father-like broad and wide brought from this river, so that I could find the root of my soul .while along the way, the river from my mind was inundated by the stream of reality. The river which once was full of legends had gone and disappeared. That is kind of my profound pessimism. Nevertheless, as a vast country with a long history, its future is always bright. There is a descent in the matrix; there is her own nutrition to feed her babies; there is the power of creation to cultivate them strongly. The weak moaning finally will be drowned by the shout for joy. From this point of view, it seems, all shall be optimistic.

 

Photographs by- Zhang Kechun

Zhang is represented by – MoST Artists

 

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