《城市的眼睛》

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见证 – 李 欣 赏
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城市的眼睛,
我们见证了它的成长, 也见证了朋友们的热诚;

它见证了城市的更新, 也见证了文化的交替

《城市的眼睛》不是摄影比赛!也不是一般岁末的倒数活动。
《城市的眼睛》没有全职员工!更没有固定的经费来源。

对你来说,它也许只是一个在岁末的 4小时,
一个让你提起相机很用心拍照的活动,
可是它实际上却是一项耗时又耗力,
一点也不简单的24小时摄影活动。

迈入第五年,虽然大家始终契而不舍,
但很多一直参与活动的摄影朋友都面临瓶颈,
这样似曾相识 的画面,
不断出现在这几年遴选的过程中。

孤独老人的一天、无业汉的午睡、慵懒的小猫、
老旧的店屋又或 者是将消失的黄昏工业。
这些都这座城市的写照吗?
是因为大多数摄影爱好者都爱拍摄比较 负面的画面?
还是因为这类题材比较容易引人注意?

当然,并不是所有的作品都是以上所提到的。
这几年来,《城市的眼睛》 的摄影集变成了一本记录簿,
记录当年所发生的事件,记录即将拆除的重要建筑物。
SARS、黄娜案件、海啸、刘红梅、 NKF、红灯码头、国家体育馆,
这五年的记录,对你来说也 许没什么代表性,
可是 年、 年或更久之后,
你会发现到《城市的眼睛》里所拍 摄下来的每一张画面,
将成为这座城市的更新发展与文化交替的见证。

从策划、招募、落实、遴选,
到分享会、讲座、出版和展览,
这段时间所耗费的人力,都得依靠大家的义务帮忙。
一些参与者抱着好奇心而参加,
一些是因为前几年错过了,这次不想再错过,
一些是希望让一年的最后一天过得更有意义,
一些则是为了与一年才见一次面的朋友碰头,
当然也有一些是因为都已经参加那么多年,
习惯了,今年不参加反而感觉有点奇怪。

无论是为了什么,至少去年的《城市的眼睛》也都已经记录在这里,
2006/07年的活动落幕了 现在又是开始筹备 007/08年《城市的眼睛》的时候。

Bob Lee – Eye City 2006

Witness of the Time

“Eye e City, we have witnessed Your growth,

the warmth and sincerity of Your friends;

You have witnessed the City’s renewal,

the evolution and resilience of Her culture.”

Eye é City is not a photography competition. Neither is it any usual year end countdown activity.

Eye é City does not have a team of full-time staff. Nor does it have an annual regular income for its operation.

To some, it may be just an activity that allows you to pick up your camera to take photographs faithfully during the last 24 hours of the year. In reality, Eye é City is not an easy 24 hours photographic activity.

As it progresses into its fifth year, even with relentless support from its faithful participants and supporters, Eye é City still has its share of bottlenecks and challenges at different stages. For one, we do see many familiar themes and subjects repeating itself every year during the selection process.

A day in the life of a lonely elderly. An unemployed taking an afternoon nap. A lazy kitten stretching its body. An old shop-house. Or a disappearing trade. Are these true reflections of the city or is it because most photographers prefer to take pictures with negative connotation? Or do these subjects or themes attract viewers’ attention more easily?

Of course, not all works take the form of the above-mentioned examples. For the past few years, Eye é City has collected a variety of images of happenings and changes that occurred in the year, thus becoming the nation’s photojournal.

SARS, Asian Tsunami, murder of Huang Na and Liu Hong Mei, NKF Saga, tearing down of Clifford Pier and National Stadium and many more others. These may not mean anything to some, but given another ten or twenty years, every images collected by Eye é City may become witness to the City’s renewal, her cultural evolution and resilience.

The process from planning, organizing, executing, selecting, publishing, sharing to exhibiting involves much commitment in terms of time, effort and passion. It will not be successful if not for a group of strong believers, supporters, participants and a team of dedicated volunteers.

Some participants may have joined the event out of curiosity and anticipation. Others joined because they have missed the fun of the last few years. Some may want to spend their last 24 hours of the year differently while others may take this as a rare opportunity to get together with a group of friends. And of course, there are those who simply feel restless and just can’t miss the fun after having participated for so many years.

Reasons aside, Eye e City 2006 has come to a close. Culminating in this publication is the collection of works that will go down in history as the way we shall remember our City today.

It is time again, to welcome Eye e City 2007.

Bob Lee

(Translated)

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