A Sense Of Irreparable Loss

Chinese photographer yao lu is at istanbul modern’s photography gallery with misty landscapes reminiscent of traditional chinese paintings.

Towering mountains obscured by clouds, magnificent waterfalls gushing from the sky, giant trees… Such are the photographs. But with one small difference: Lu’s landscapes consist of trash and construction rubble. How’s that, you ask?

In the photographer’s own words: “Beijing has been inundated with construction rubble in the runup to the Olympics. Massive heaps of rubble shrouded under mostly green, sometimes black, covers to contain the dust. Not just in Beijing either.

The situation is the same in all China’s big cities, so that a comparison with the scenes depicted in classical Chinese paintings became inevitable.” In an interview with curator and critic Feng Boyi, Yao Lu speaks of being influenced by a yearning for what is being destroyed.

He adds: “I’ve always had a nostalgic side. It’s part of my character. When I returned to my birth place and saw all the changes taking place there, I was filled with a sense of loss. But at the same time I realize that this has to do with the very existence and development of the entire country and therefore it cannot be stopped. But for me it arouses a sense of irreparable loss.”

The 13th CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship will take place in Bodrum May 26-31. Hosted this year by the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation, the championship is held every two years in areas of the world that are rich in underwater treasures.

Big days are in store in Bodrum this spring with 19 days of training dives and two of competition dives during the championship. The photos chosen for the finals by the seven-member jury from different countries will be displayed at the 1500-capacity amphitheater inside Bodrum Castle.