On my recent trip to China I collected images for my current art project which examines issues of personal reality, space and emotions. As I explored some of the back streets in Shanghai I became a witness to the power of progress, destruction and human endurance, all of which evoked a range of emotions. While in Shanghai I was lucky enough to visit the MARC RIBOUD exhibition : THE INSTINCTIVE MOMENT, A Retrospective in China, at the Shanghai Art Museum. The works on show inspired me to focus closer on the moment and the emotions that can be found within that reality.
A few impressions from Shanghai. This is my first time in this fascinating city and I am sure it won’t be the last. I love the blend of old and new China.
In 2006 we went to Lyon, the second-largest city in France, to visit the International School of Lyon. I fell in love with the city instantly; the rivers, the architecture and of course the food and wine. Thanks to our wonderful host Mandy, who showed us the sites, we gained a unique local insight into the city. One of my favourite features of the old town was the door knockers. They continued to fulfil their day to day function and yet embodied the passing of time. I found beauty in the peeling paint, the worn wood and repeated restorations of these witnesses to the city’s life.
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection” Buddha