Nina Lindgren is a 25-year-old artist and designer from Stockholm, Sweden. She has a great interest in traveling. Apart from spiritual designs, you can also see on her website a large number of wonderful photos taken during traveling. In summer of 2012, she visited China with her boyfriend and took collections of pictures illustrating Chinese life and landscapes.
Published here is Beijing and Fenghuang series.
I see a familiar Beijing from her photos. I had lived in the region within 2nd Ring Road for several years when towering buildings were scarcely seen. Many streets were like the heritage from the last century. Hutong is busy with changing, but except for the popular and noisy ones, most of them are decaying or rejuvenating quietly. At weekends, I usually walked about 9~10km around the narrow alleys, no need to pass through pedestrian bridges and main roads, just like meandering through a small city. The dirty green grocery almost becomes the identity of all the alleys.The ragged fruit street in the photo! Isn’t it Jiaodaokou?! Round-City Park may be the most comfortable park in Beijing because of its proper traveler density, not too more, not too less, and most importantly, no square dance. The decoration and planting of the park can rank the top among all the free parks in Beijing. In the photo presenting a woman with a boy, a bag printed with “LONGWEN EDUCATION” is very noticeable.Though I do not know much about LONGWEN, it is, doubtlessly, a phrase most commonly seen in Beijing street. Beijing, familiar and strange!
Captured frog, snack, chicken feet lying on the barbecue stand. They are not the usual food appearing on the menu of the foreigners. Maybe that’s why Nina Lindgren recorded them. To see these common things from a foreigner’s perspective, you can harvest new enlightenment. Beautiful old architectures blend with the traditional life style. Times seems stop in the past, reluctant to step into the modern civilization. “Border Town” is a significant master piece in the history of Chinese literature. The author Shen Ts’ung-Wen described a girl named Cuicui who has clear-as-crystal eyes.Fenghuang is the place where Cuicui lived and the story took place. I read this story many years ago and could not remember the details now. But the humanistic feelings and charming landscapes stored within my deep heart are wakened again by these pictures. Fenghuang is still as tranquil as in the novel?