Since I considered about taking a snapshot of Shanghai from 2007, the little elf-kitty, named “miao alien” currently, has intrigued me the most, apart from recording those obsolescent and diet-out ancient architecture, lanes and the people who once lived there. The kitty, served as a minor component in our work pieces, however, strikingly and surprisingly catch people’s eyeballs in the set of “kitties in the lane”. I shot them once encountered attractive scenes to make series after several years.
For the sake of the predisposition of shooting ancient architecture, no matter day time or evening, indoor or outdoor, I usually carried on my tripod to linger on everywhere for materials, which led to stiff and stark pictures without vivacious dynamics. Nonetheless, I began to detect the quiet and elegant part of these little elves, akin to the graceful girls of a humble birth; though the kitties were not rare species.
Prior time, nearly most local people lived in lanes which functioned as residences as well the sites for socializing and recreation. Lanes were the “world” of local people whereas are being far away right now, the kitties are the only ones who steadily reside in their paradise. Unlike the kitties huddling up in new apartments, the kitties in lanes, walking into living rooms, roaming out lanes, heading to kitchens, jumping over roofs; appearing and disappearing in lanes, debris and roofs, agile and active, cohesive and courteous, prim and proud, faithful and firm, considerate and companionable, coddling and cute.
we are freely recording the life of those elves, at the meanwhile, we can see their living conditions featuring dim and narrow old stairs as well enclosed and small attics; life is hard but hilarious, fraught with valuable recollections.