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Nautical Chart

Medium format digital photography / 1800*1200mm
2020-2021/Shanghai

 

In civilizations without boats,

dreams dry up.

--- Michel Foucault

The sea before the steamships broke into the coast of the Qing Empire belonged to literature. Through the chanting of lonely sailors and the recreation of troubadours, it had become a fairyland of ancient behemoths and gods, hidden in every corner of the nautical chart. Reality and illusion coexisted in the howling sea breeze.

 

The great discovery of geography made the ocean no longer a mysterious kingdom of freedom. One by one, the ocean behemoths were classified by naturalists and made into strangely shaped specimens, losing their ancient magic power in front of mankind. At the same time, the classical era full of illusion and poetry, where human and divine coexisted, was gone.

mirage

Medium format digital photography / 9000*1200mm / 2020-2021/Shanghai

The surface of the Penglai Sea at the mouth of the Bohai Sea often shows the illusion of the tower and city profile due to the refraction of light. The ancients believed that mirage is formed because of the condensation of mussels blowing, and they thought it was a fairyland.

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