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“City of Dust” by MA TE

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“The City of Dust
I start right here
Under me the Dust and the Concrete
Above me the Paper Sky
Where is the Black Ink?
Behind everything…
I lived until I was spoken and such a foolish
Believes in love with a Big City besides
small People.
But I want this Place.
I’m a Puppet Player and a Puppet in a
Shadow Play.
Move under the Sheets and under the Ground.
Did you know a City is a Spirit?
You are part of its Soul, every emotion you
give is absorb.
Anger and sadness writing there words.
TheWalls around you are a Library of every
one’s Life and death.
My Beijing is not your Beijing, what is reality,
something to search for.
You receive a different Beijing a different
Reality but if you look for my Eyes you found

“I call my Photography an Emotional Documentary. Beijing is the City of Dust for Me as it carries
all its History with it. The Emotions are scratched into every piece floating in the air. Breathing in
History of a Controlled and uncontrollable City.
Revolution is in the Heart and the change never happen on the inside.
I felt the waves of Kings and Queens,Warriors, Concubines the City like a stage of a Endless Opera


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Born 1995.8.8

Currently living in Xi’an, I’m interested in the connection between Chinese social development process and individuals, and try to visualize these connections as much as possible.

I started the “The City of Dust” series in 2013, the “Forbidden Tradition” series also began shooting in the same year. In 2015, “Mulan” was finished and “The Concrete Dream” series was started. In 2016, I self-published the photography book <City of Dust>. In 2017, I began to shoot the “China Dream ” series. In 2018, “The Concrete Dream”book was published, and “Ink over Us” series started shooting in the same year.

I’m thirsty for emotions and love listening to other people’s heart. I call my Photography an “Emotional Documentary”, I don’t judge bad or good I just collect them like raindrops on my skin. They all vibrate in shades of feelings.

China is in an War of Times.

I apologize for my selfishness and steal a part of your Soul but I’m afraid of death.

After I was found by photography a key opened me up. Invite myself into other worlds so I can keep them safe from time.

The main topic of my photography is about the Individual. There are so many peoples and often the one seems not to matter in the big view of things. Being tossed into an world with rules often made long before oneself was born. Where it feels you are lost in an ocean of faces and you ask yourself does the world will miss me?


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