From 2006 to 2011, every time when I walked on the beach, I took the pictures of the drifting things randomly, imagining the stories of them. In order to revive the beach in my memory, I made a collection called The Floating Wine Cup, including one hundred pictures of drifting stuff that I photoed in the last 6 years, after I lived around XiHu (the West Lake) for 4 years.
Except for image, the historical research of drifting things is another important task. It is as important to add explanation to the drifting things one by one as displaying the pictures.
The explanation is mainly gathered by two ways: one is to invest their histories in archaeological way; the other one is to collect some stories told by friends and families, or from the society. Thus authors in all ages and different status were gathered on the same beach by chance.
This is the first piece of works of my “Global Drifting Things Plan”, and the research in same form but different ways will go forwards continuously in several countries such as India, Japan, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, France and Iceland.
Indian Drift is the successive product of The Floating Wine Cups. Being composed of100 drifters collected from four coastal areas of Southern India, the image isdisplayed freely on a large beach which is artificially synthesized by beachesshoot in Bombay, Cochin,GOA and Chennai.
These drifters have their own stories which will be completed by 100 Indians of different ages and classes by handwriting. Finally, we will exhibit 100 manuscripts together with writers’ portraits and drifting images. Meanwhile, the author will also provide one piece of record that he made acquaintance with locals in India.