By the river and on the mountains

Posted by Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 1 September 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Longhushan National Park in Nanchang, China, has been known for its crystal clear streams with a tint of Jade green. Unfortunately when I arrived the river had accumulated large amounts of sediments washed into it by days of storm, making the river discharge all yellowish and muddish and almost like floodwater. This temple seems to have it all - sitting atop a hill, flanked by many others, while enjoying the sounds of the stream.

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