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Xi Bolong was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang in 2001. He currently studies interactive media at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art. He is currently based in Shanghai and has been practicing photography for 3 years. He is a member of Global Photographic Union (GPU).

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Life in Pandemic

Darkness has its own world and soul. When confronted by Covid-19, mankind will win this battle, and sun will rise again.

Intuition of photography, in other word, inspiration disappears in a second if you miss it. It is difficult to bring the best out of things that you don’t like. It is the burning passion that for photography that I turned photography previously as a hobby into a way of life. It transforms me and cultivated how I see the world.

I’ve always tried to see through the lens instead of my eyes, so that I can enjoy the same world and hear a different voice from behind the lens.

As a genre of art, we understand the world beautiful images, but not some random images. I have loved photography since I was a child and have been studying the creative laws and principles of photography. When photography enters the new era of digital photography, where I am at now, as a visual artist, I have the mission to communicate my inner world and my understanding of visual communication through the medium of photography. Therefore, photography has become one of my artistic expression and future lifestyle.

I love photography. If one’s twenties is the golden time in the course of life, in the years full of desire, everyone sees the wild dream as a part of their ideal, and even wants to become the cloud in the sky in an instant. In these golden years, we may be innocent and carefree, and constantly looking for the fragments lost in our brain and making up for the fragments thrown away by time.

In 2021, Covid-19 made our existence more ordinary than ever, which is not usually the case. The life that we used to live is changed; what was once a familiar scene is gone; the towns and cities look so deserted; even the boring daily life becomes so changeable and mysterious. In order to deal with the loneliness during lockdown, I turned my attention to freedom. I keep a record of the particular period of time from my own perspective, capturing an inadvertently glancing, an action, a look… When I looked back, I realized that the fragments of my memory are essentially irrelevant, but they make these arbitrary times more specific and tell us the significance of persistence.

For me, the most satisfied photo always is the next one.

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart, and head.”

-Henri Cartier-Bresson-


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