Fang Changjian, currently works at Zhongzhou Town (Fourth-level researcher). He is Director of Chun’an County Photography Association, and also joined membership of China Photographers Association and Zhejiang Photographers Association.
In 1982, he served in no. 3 Fire Squadron of Ningbo City, and is a self taught photographer. He was engaged in news photography for four years. In 1986, he worked as a trainee photojournalist in the photography department of Ningbo Daily. In October of the same year, he retired from the army and returned to his hometown. In December, he was hired to work at Changling Cultural Station. He has been engaged in publicity department since assumed a leadership position in 2001. During this period, his photo won the Excellence Award of the 14th Zhejiang Film Art Exhibition and the first prize of the 6th Chun’an County Photography Awards. In 2016, the same photo was selected in the 16th China International Photography Art Exhibition, in 2017, “Radiant” was selected in the first Hangzhou Photo Art Exhibition, and in 2018, the work “Haze in Mountain Village” was exhibited in the “Horizon Golden Peak” Cup Rural China National Photography Competition. He joined the Images Copyright Society of China in 2016. In 2019, the photo “Snowy Night of Qiandao Lake” was exhibited in the “Kangmei Qiandao Lake” National Photography Competition. In 2019, “Making Rivers More Beautiful” won the third prize in the entry call “Building Beautiful Rivers and Lakes-Comprehensively Establishing the Collection of Graphic and Text Prizes for River Chiefs” by the Ministry of Water Resources. In 2020, the Photo “Special “Desk”” was selected into a photo book featuring 100 photographers’ works on COVID-19 by China Daily, and another photo was selected as one of China Daily’s 100 photographers on poverty alleviation, and “Joyous people and jumping fish” was selected into the third China Zhejiang (West Lake) International Photography Exhibition and won the VAP Gold Medal at Tricontinental Circuit. In June 2021, he was honored as outstanding individual by Hangzhou Municipal Historical and Cultural City Protection Committee.
When I was young, I thought about where I wanted to escape. When I looked back in my twilight years, I found where my roots were, where my heart was, where my body was going, and where I would like to end up. Everyone’s home is entrusted with unique homesickness, and my share is no exception.
Life is like a dream, and the four seasons are like songs. Spring in the mountains comes late. The spring scenery is full of green tea in the garden, which opens a good harvest for people in the mountains. Rape flowers bloom for hundreds of miles. Children rush to catch butterflies. Women in village are smiling while busy picking tea. The happiness in summer is all about water. Children swimming in rivers and catch fish in groups of two and three. The summer is over before they know it. Before they experience the heat of summer, they were greeted by the coolness of autumn. In the morning of the mist, one feels refreshing of the unique climate of the mountains. When the sun rises, the mist disappears, and it becomes a bright sunny day. The autumn wind blows, and leaves fall one after another, rendering the charm of the countryside with the unique autumn scenery. Winter is the watchful season. Birds in thousands of mountains are flying away, and people in thousands of paths are disappearing. Only thrush birds waiting for their masters all year round appear in front of the window from time to time, just like a playful child. The initially lonely branches were covered with crystal snow, “like the spring breeze coming overnight, thousands of pear trees blooming”! When the sun rises, the snowflake knows its mission is to melt into tiny droplets to nourish everything. If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
My heart goes back to my hometown!