Water Buffalo

Posted by Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 18 June 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Water buffaloes are often seen plowing through pieces of farmland all over China. It's a cheap and (to an extent) efficient, so maybe that explains why this animal is so extensively exploited in farming. I'm not sure, but does the buffalo know what it's doing and where it's going? If he does, why is there a need for a farmer to guide it along from behind?

I am Ziren Wang, a student from Raffles Institution, Singapore. I picked up a camera in January 2009 in my school's photographic society, and I have never looked back. Years later, I have explored various different forms of photography, from event coverage, to fashion, to documentary, to photography using DIY lenses, and most recently, to film.

I must thank my seniors who have been so instrumental in developing in me a passion for this art. It has been said that there are two kinds of teachers: one gives the man the fish; the other teaches the man to fish. I believe my seniors are of a third kind: they have made me want to fish. They have imparted me with important technical skills, but they have also inspired me to continue photographing for six years.

"To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt." -Susan Sontag

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

A wonderful capture and narration, perfect timing! *the farmer and water buffalo are working very hard, hand in hand...well seen. Bravo!

18 Jun 2010 11:03am

@Anne: thanks anne, but not really "hand in hand", lol xD

Madlights from Madison, United States

Very nice photo, and how the diagonal lends to the feeling of movement and power of the Buffalo

18 Jun 2010 3:41pm

@Madlights: thanks madlights (: when i first saw this picture that i took, it just makes me feel that it somehow emphasizes something that the buffalo has, but until now i didn't manage to figure out what. now that you mentioned, it all makes sense (:

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