A perk of Chinese dating is that you may get to take a trip to China at some point. China has a rich history and culture, and its first and largest fair focusing on fine art photography opened this past weekend in Shanghai.
The Photo Shanghai fair features more than 500 different works from photographers all over the world; however, there is one exhibit that is drawing a significant amount of attention in particular – the piece belongs to Zhang Kechun and features a 40-foot-high Buddha head sitting in the center of an open pit coal mine.
Why is this photograph drawing so much attention from the Chinese public? Perhaps it is because coal mine bosses are pretty much reviled in China; they are seen as corrupt, greedy, and operating without any regard for the safety of their employees. Buddha, on the other hand, is a highly revered icon.
Perhaps the Buddha is there to protect the coal miners: according to Kechun, the coal mine owner depicted in the photo left the mining industry to become a monk.
“They dig coal every day, and suddenly one day they realize ‘What I do isn’t too good,’” Kechun explains. “So they came up with a way to redeem themselves. So they chose to believe in Buddhism.”
This fine art photography fair is particularly important because the medium didn’t emerge in China until the 1990s. Previously, the Chinese Communist Party viewed such art as propaganda and it was essentially banned.
If you want to be on the cutting edge of culture while Chinese dating, consider looking into and learning more about Chinese fine art photography.