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Trip to Central Asia 1. Kyrgyzstan

I recently visited the project sites in Kyrgyzstan and Tadzhikistan for the first time. This time I will introduce the town of Naryn, located East of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan is located South of Kazakhstan and facing to China on its South-East side. It was once the important point of Silk Road, which went separately to Tadzhikistan for the South road and this Kyrgyzstan for the North road, to go around Tian Shan mountain ranges and Pamir Plateau.
One of the project sites that I visited this time, the town of Naryn, is located at the middle of Kyrgyzstan, with the population of 30,000 people. The town spreads along with Naryn River, but its access is only through the chain of mountains from the capital city of Bishkek, which goes as high as 7000m. This is the country of tall mountains and high altitude plataue. 20061108214432.jpg


As soon as we frew over by a helicopter, we were just overwhelmed by the towering, chain of mountains. The mountains with snow on the peak, and the rouch curved mountain surface which has been transformed slowly but steadily, made me think that the Earth is still an unreachable, bold existence to our human beings. It took my breath away--and I kept looking outside of the window of that small helicopter.
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Various forms of the surface of the earth. The beauty of coincidents, without any reward.
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At the project site, we face to the huge red rocky mountain. Naryn river flows constantly with the clear water from the tall mountain glacier in blue-green color.
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Behind the red mountain is the sandy mountain instead with wide open plateau on its skirt.
One thing that struck me was that there are many trees in the town. If there are people living, there are always trees planted around the living environment. Especially aspen trees are seen all the way along with street, reaching even outside of the town. The trees were breathtakingly beautifu with colored leaves against the sandy mountain surface--it is telling that the harsh winter is near.
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Cows and horses are wandering around the town streets.
People told me that it was a lost decade in 1990s after the Soviet Union has left the area. However, the biggest population of the town seems to be those young people as it might symbolize the growing and developing country--and their faces and voices are bright in hope for the future. Even though they realize the transformation of the society and the way of living, they naturally find and accept the way of life, which has been constantly kept within the relationship with the majestic nature. The simple and natural existence of people, cows, sheeps, horses--yet they strongly tell the meaning of our existence.
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Many of the people in town seems to be the descendants of Mongolian people. They welcomed us as they might feel accessible from our look.
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There are some stones on the ground with curved surface telling the lives of ancient people. The lives that can be imagined seem to be similar to what I was looking at.
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And yet we visitors tend to feel the smallness of our existence, as we are accustomed to the economical wealth, living in the artificial concrete mountain of the city. It might be our karma.
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The next edition will be the visit to Tadzhikistan.

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In praise of light and shadow

One of the main theme of this blog is to reveal that "a subject" is not externally existing, but internally realized. To do so, we might have to not just capture what is reflected in your mind, but to throw your mind--in other words, to recognize the crossing point between the reflected thing and your approaching mind. In case of photography, we begin to see the depth of the world in front of us through the photographic media, while we achieve the way of finding the tangent point of yourself to the world by departing from such crossing point. That is where the coincident and inevitability meets.

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As I opened the door of a bookshelf, the door shook the light and shadow as if it turns them inside out. It took my breath away and stopped my hand of opening the door--then a ray of twilight refracted by the door was projected on the ceiling.

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It was a tense moment, inserted within the hanging shade.

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The light gradually dicipates into the shade by repeating a reflection and a refraction. But the afternoon light allows to feel the calm waves of diffraction.
Light and shadow--is not black and white. The dramatic contraposition of darkness and lightness is renditioned by the abyss of gradation that exists between the two. Junichiro Tanizaki's "In praise of light and shadow" might have tried to represent the merging point of western culture and eastern culture in such expression.

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The sun rises and sets. Those objects gradually lap the shade in twilight, while waiting for the moment to be illuminated and reflect luminescence to the quiet space.

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That is a space filled with tensity. The intense atmosphere reveals that a space is not just a simple relationship between void and mass.

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However, the tense air shimmers with a transient light. It reminds me of a quantal field of endless appearance and disappearnce, and the shimmering primal ocean before the birth of this universe.

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Click to enlarge. One day I was watching a movie in my room and accidentaly I placed my glass in front of the projector. That moment the image disappeared and refracted into the space in bars and blocks of light. Those lights were casted on the wall, expressing the transforming light and colors. Breathtaking moment...


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Click to enlarge. You may access to the video version of this photo from the link bellow. Vidoe version shows more of the transition of beautiful light and colors.

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Itaro Carvino "Invisible Cities" II. Zemulude

"What gives the forms to the city of Zemulude is the mood of the one who sees it. When one leisurely whistle and look up in the melody, one will know Zemulude in the shapes of bottom to up. In other words, those are oriels, curtains waves in the breeze, fountains"

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Looking up the facade of a church. Its surface is all covered in a detailed pattern, which absorbes the eyesight without slippage. Still, there is a blue sky as I look futher up

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It is mandate to attach fire stairs to a low rise apartment in New York. It might be a legacy of an iron age and most of the fire stairs are in cast iron, but its details and patterns transforms a typical facade into a lively, energetic surface.

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An apartment in West Village. It has an exquisite faced, balnced well between the texture of the old bricks revealed from the peeled stucco and the delicate decolation of the fire stairs. New York has an image of new city, but most of the buildings are still in classical atmosphere

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Looking into a small courtyard from a gate. Well, "9 1/2 as an address shows the sense of American, rather than New Yorker's

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A reflected light of the opposite side of this building was casted on the facade of soft limestone. But looking at it closely, the pediments on top of the windows are in crazy patterns, which show the sense of humor.---However, nobody noticed with such small detail thing, and the afternoon light without harshness softly plays with the facade


"If one walks on the street while burrying his jaw onto the chest and cutting his nails hard into his hands, his sight crawls onto the ground and meets with puddles, grilled manhole, or wastepaper. It is impossible to say that an image of a city is more true to others. Therefore, those who listen to the upward shapes of Zemulude are the ones who are remembering the other image as they are burried in the downward Zemulude, and who goes through the same route and find the grouch of yesterday hardened and clagged under the wall in the morning"

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Speechless fire plug now reveals its existence with a long shade

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The heavy iron pannel placed on the road construction sounds more like an image of a city rather than a smooth paved street. They are as if bandages and patches of a city--and the treadmark that someone left on top is also, the sign of a city and people

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The structure revealed under renovation, and the digged down ground tells the past

"For anyone, the day will come when one looks down along with the rain gutter in the evening and can not look away from the paved stone. Although the chance of the other way around is not removed, it is rare. Then now we rove around the city of Zemulude while we slips our sights under a cellar, a foundation base, or a well"

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The stone ground quietly reflecting the history, as it is kept polished by people stepping on top. And the blunt light of an iron piece produced by human hands. What mediates them is the red brick, which is also decaying

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Another version of previosly upped photograph. After a short thunderstorm of a summer day, a blue sky is seen through. A puddle, the oil of a parked car, a quietly standing building, a breeze going by

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