Photos are 弄堂里的猫咪 (Kitty in the Nong Tang) by 席子 (XiZi) and 全神贯注 (Concentrate) by 黎为民 (Li Weimin)
Month two of the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion‘s ongoing People’s Archive photo competition finished recently and September’s winners have been chosen (check out the August winners here). Apparently the same bunch of people are submitting a bulk of the photos, because September’s roster greatly resembles the month before’s:
Shanghai native Xi Wenlei, or XiZi as he is called on the Net, won the competition for the second month running this September. His winning work, with a composition that suggests a painting, shows a cat sitting next to an open window of an old Shikumen House, which is to be dismantled to make way for the Expo. Not just any window, the one in his photograph is made of multicoloured glass panes, a relic from a soon to be bygone era. XiZi has made nostalgic imagery expression of Shanghai’s old days juxtaposed with the present his signature style.
Jury member Chang He has this comment to XiZi’s work: “The warm-tone and old-fashioned window well matches the cat’s composure and through the light oozing through the open window, we shift our attention to the cat, proportionally visible on the whole photo frame per a golden ratio perspective, and as if the cat is telling a real-life story that happened there. Really good work.”
XiZi was followed this month by another August winner, Li Weimin (dououye), who won Jury’s heart again, this time with a vivid portrait of an elderly Shanghai citizen sitting in a park, reading a newspaper, but with his head buried in it.
While we’re happy to congratulate XiZi and Li Weimin for their admittedly awesome photographs, we’re hoping to see some new names for October. Submit your photos to the SCP’s website through April 2010 – what could you possibly have to lose?