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Ancient commercial city HongJiang

XingKai OuYang | China

Located on the border of Xiangxi Snow Peak Mountain, the ancient Trading Town of Hong Jiang was where the goods were gathered and distributed for five provinces, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Hunan, and Sichuan. It was given highly reputed names such as “Little Nanjing” and “Southwest Metropolis.” This old town has been very well preserved, rich in content, and looks like “Qingming Shanghe Tu,” a hand scroll painting, directly portraying a panoramic view of the lives of all levels of society, of the periods of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and the Republic of China. Experts name it “a living fossil of the emergence of capitalism in China inland.”

Photographing a region that retains historical and cultural elements is popular, but it is difficult indeed to use photography to accurately capture the essence of history and reality. Most photographers take advantage of the convenience of modern technology to create some snapshots of objects, only glancing over the surface of life that attracts the public eyeballs, instead of patiently observing those details that reflect the essential attributes of life, such as people’s expressions and interactions;  Ouyang Xingkai was able to enter their lives without intrusion thus creating more room to observe. He prefers smooth and peaceful photographing executed with a steady level shot to record everything about Hong Jiang, thus avoiding the “rude” tendency in photography. Through Ouyang Xingkai’s lens we see Hong Jiang as a town with an important historical legacy and its people as a solemn and dignified group.

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