I traveled between two bridges. One lies on the border of China and North Korea called the Yalu River bridge, and the other one is the China-Vietnam Friendship Bridge located on the border of China and Vietnam. What connects the two bridges is the 18000 Kilometer coastline of China. In February 2011, I began my journey from Dandong, Liaoning Province, driving along the coastline from north to south, from the Bohai Sea to the Yellow Sea, the East of China Sea, and the South of China Sea, passing by countless cities, villages, harbors and islands. At the end of May, I arrived in the city Dongxing in Guangxi Province.
Lighthouse seeking is an excuse for my wandering. I was looking for the meanings implied in it, such as orientation, hope, warm, loneliness, guardian, ancient poetry. As I was walking in the dark, I saw the warm orange light in distance, which encouraged me to forge ahead without fear and hesitation.
None of the lighthouses looks the same; none of the sea is alike. The north is frigid and clear; the south is muggy and humid. As I traveled along the way, all that lingering on me are the touching of salty sea, the smell of fishy seaweeds, shells and fishes.
I learned how to listen. Listen to the rustle of wind, the roar of wave, the scraping of crabs... and the tidal changes resembling the emontions of ocean. It reminds me the sound inside the whelk shell which my mother brought to me when I was a child, from where I found all my imagination for the ocean.
I enjoyed isolation. In the lonely island faraway from mainland, I tried to talk to my heart. I saw the real blueness of the ocean and the most beautiful starry sky. Then, during the nights alone on the seashore void of people, I conquered my fear to darkness, and even enjoyed the pleasure of trembling.
To seek for a lighthouse means to go to the end of the world. Every time when I was on the road, I expected encountering anything unexpected with a smile always on my face.
Born in the Haicheng City,Liaoning Province,China in 1979.
Graduated from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 2003.
Working and Living in Shenyang.