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Flowing Reality
流動的真實


“Moon in the water, Flower in the mirror.” What is Reality? Whether what we are living now is the reflection of the reality or the reality itself? The age-old question has puzzled philosophers, scholars, and seekers of truth throughout the annals of time. Are we truly perceiving the world as it is, or are we merely encountering a reflection, a distortion of reality? To delve into the depths of this inquiry, we must embark on a journey through the corridors of history, traversing epochs and civilizations, to uncover the intricate tapestry of human understanding.

Since time immemorial, the Earth has been shrouded in mystery, with vast expanses of water dominating its surface. The ebb and flow of the ocean, the rhythmic dance of waves crashing against the shore, have long captivated the human imagination. From the primordial depths of the sea, life emerged, gradually making its way onto dry land, culminating in the dawn of human civilization. Yet, even as we have erected towering monuments, forged empires, and charted the course of history, the fundamental question remains: What is the true nature of reality?

Ancient civilizations grappled with this enigma, weaving intricate mythologies and cosmologies to make sense of the world around them. The Greeks pondered the concept of mimesis, the imitation of nature in art, suggesting that our perception of reality is inherently bound up with representation and interpretation. Plato's allegory of the cave further explored the notion of reality as a shadowy reflection of deeper truths, prompting us to question the veracity of our sensory experiences.

As the sands of time continued to shift, so too did humanity's understanding of reality. The Renaissance ushered in an era of enlightenment and exploration, as artists and thinkers sought to peel back the layers of illusion and reveal the underlying order of the universe. Leonardo da Vinci's studies of light and perspective revolutionized artistic expression, inviting viewers to contemplate the interplay between perception and reality.

The dawn of the modern era brought with it unprecedented advancements in science and technology, reshaping our conception of the cosmos. The discovery of electromagnetic waves, the theory of relativity, and the advent of quantum mechanics challenged conventional notions of space and time, blurring the boundaries between the tangible and the intangible. In the words of Albert Einstein, "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

Against this backdrop of scientific inquiry and philosophical speculation, the human experience continues to unfold. In the bustling metropolises of the present day, skyscrapers pierce the heavens, and neon lights cast a kaleidoscope of colors against the night sky. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life, we are reminded of the ephemeral nature of reality. Buildings rise and fall, civilizations wax and wane, but the underlying flux remains unchanged.

It is within this ever-shifting landscape that the "Flowing Reality" project takes root. Spanning over 20 cities across Europe, this ongoing series seeks to capture the essence of existence through the lens of a large-format analog wood camera. Each photograph serves as a testament to the transient nature of reality, freezing a moment in time before it slips away into the currents of history.

This ongoing series created since 2019 and with 70+ artworks included. In the darkroom of London, QIU Yangzi (Yangzi) painstakingly develops each image, breathing life into the latent traces of light and shadow. As the chemical bath swirls and eddies, a new reality begins to take shape, blurring the boundaries between perception and interpretation. What emerges is not merely a representation of the world, but a glimpse into the infinite possibilities that lie beyond.


In the final analysis, the quest to unravel the mysteries of reality is an ongoing journey, with no clear destination in sight. Like the moon reflected in the water, or the flower in the mirror, our understanding of the world is but a fleeting glimpse of something deeper and more profound. Yet, it is in the act of seeking, of questioning, that we come closest to grasping the elusive truth that lies at the heart of existence. And so, as we gaze upon the photographs of "Flowing Reality," let us be reminded of the boundless potential that lies within each moment, waiting to be discovered.


水中月,鏡中花。什麼是真實?我們現在所生活的環境是真實的倒影還是真實本身?這個古老的問題困擾著哲學家、學者和真理尋求者歷久不衰。我們是否真正感知到世界的本質,還是只是遭遇到真實的反映,一種扭曲的真實?要深入探究這個問題,我們必須踏上歷史的長廊,穿越時代和文明,揭示人類理解的錯綜複雜。

很久之前, 大部分的地球表面被海洋所覆蓋。海水的漲落,波浪拍打岸邊的節奏性舞蹈,長久以來一直吸引著人類的想像力。從海洋的深處,生命慢慢生長,逐漸登陸陸地,最終在人類文明的曙光中達到了頂峰。然而,即使我們建立了高聳的紀念碑,打造了帝國,並繪製了歷史的軌跡,根本問題仍然存在:什麼是真實?

古代文明努力解決這個謎團,編織複雜的神話和宇宙觀來理解周圍的世界。希臘人思考著“模仿”的概念,在藝術中模仿自然,暗示我們對現實的感知與代表和解釋有著本質上的關聯。柏拉圖的洞穴寓言進一步探討了真實作為更深層真理的朦朧反映的概念,促使我們質疑感官經驗的真實性。

隨著時間的推移,人類對現實的理解也在變化。文藝復興帶來了一個啟蒙和探索的時代,藝術家和思想家努力揭示宇宙底層秩序的假象。達·芬奇對光線和透視的研究改變了藝術表達的方式,邀請觀眾思考感知與真實之間的互動。

現代的曙光帶來了前所未有的科學和技術進步,重塑了我們對宇宙的概念。電磁波的發現、相對論的理論以及量子力學的出現挑戰了對空間和時間的傳統概念,模糊了物質和非物質之間的界限。用艾因斯坦的話來說,“真實僅僅是一個幻覺,儘管是一個非常持久的幻覺。”


在這個科學探究和哲學推測的背景下,人類的經驗仍在不斷展開。在當今繁華的大都市中,摩天大樓穿越天際,霓虹燈在夜空中投射出萬紫千紅的色彩。然而,在都市生活的喧囂中,我們被提醒現實的短暫性。建築物興衰,文明興衰,但根本的變化保持不變。

正是在這個不斷變化的環境中,“流動的真實”系列項目開始生根。這個持續進行的項目現在覆蓋了20多個城市,旨在通過大畫幅木頭相機的鏡頭捕捉存在的本質。每張照片都是對真實短暫性的證明,在它滑入歷史的洪流之前,將時間凝結成一個瞬間。

在倫敦的暗房中,邱揚梓細心沖洗和放曬每一張相片,賦予光影的潛在痕跡生命。當化學物質旋轉和渦流時,一個新的真實開始成形,模糊了感知與解釋之間的界限。出現的不僅僅是世界的一種代表,而是對超越無限可能性的一瞥。

最終,解開真實之謎的探索是一場不斷的旅程,沒有清晰的目的地。就像水中的月亮反射,或是鏡中的花朵一樣,我們對世界的理解只是對更深層次、更深奧的東西的短暫一瞥。然而,在尋找、質疑的行為中,我們最接近把握存在核心的那個難以捉摸的真理。因此,當我們凝視“流動的真實”的照片時,讓我們想起每一個時刻中蘊藏的無限可能性,等待被發現。