Day 5- Portrait of Tong
Since I have been in Beijing I have noticed there is a sense of playfulness in the people. Irrespective of the "western" views we have of the East, the people I have spoken to appear to be content. Admittedly, I realize this may be my own projection or a result of my limited exposure to the culture and the country. However, the images of oppression, poverty and censorship what we are all too familiar with are not the topics broached in conversations with the local artists and people within the village (at least not discussed in front of foreigners). Instead we are told stories of the record number of beers consumed in one evening (150 bottles), or the times they attempted to ride a motorbike for the first time. This bit of comedy contrasts the underlying "state" of the country. It is this lightheartedness that I wanted to capture in Tong's portrait.