Lanqing Zhu

A Journey in Reverse Direction

These Photo was taken in my hometown Dongshan Island, an island located in the south of Zhangzhou, Fujian Province.

Inevitable urban development gives people amnesia. They often forget what existed here before. I can only follow its pace, with my camera to “fight” with these changes in my hometown. My hometown has influenced me and shaped me since I was born. The effect seems to be a mutual process between my hometown and myself. What I have seen is what it wish I could see. Shooting hometown seems like a journey in reverse direction, leading me to the vague memories in dark and the bottom of my heart.

In my work, I use BACHIMEN(the bridge to Dongshan Island) , home, Food, Land, God, sea as the clue to reconstruct my hometown and put these fragments that I collected from my hometown into my work. It represents a guide book of my hometown. It’s a section of all our hometowns which drifting away in the urban developing. It will give us a chance to stop and touch our hometown ,reflect on what is the meaning of home at the same time.