A Private Memory
Words & Images © Xiao Zhao.
This project is about a travel memory of mine. Photographs taken while traveling are like travel itself, and have a personal significance to me. For example, you might see just a photograph; but what I think of is the scenery, people, and things happened on those days which were outside the view of the lens.
Just like, “No man ever steps in the same river twice,” we have no way to exactly replicate a landscape photograph.
We come from every corner of this city, riding trains to different destinations. At the next station, we move on or disappear. We take away not just the photograph, but also those secrets which we prefer not to tell. And these secrets are possibly the reason you fled the city.
Sometimes, all the meanings and memories in a scene carry more weight than the photograph. And each photograph has its own private memory.
YPA 2016 MENTORING PROGRAM: AMERICAN LANDSCAPES
MENTOR: Jim Scherer
MENTEE: Xiao Zhao