Two-way lens

Updated: 2014-06-17 07:05

By Xu Jingxi(China Daily)

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Two-way lens

Two of the 15 people Huie photograhed in Guangzhou, who wrote about their dreams on a small chalkboard.

"I'm curious - if my father didn't go to America and if I was born and grew up in China, what would I do now?

"So I want to talk to people from different walks of life and photograph different segments of society."

Two-way lens

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Two-way lens

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He interviewed and photographed 17 people, 15 of whom wrote about their dreams on his small chalkboard. Two lent their clothes to him to wear.

The chalkboard writing gives an interesting snapshot of Chinese society.

In front of Huie's camera, a university student writes of his dream to become "director of drama and director of life" and holds up the chalkboard with a happy face.

A young insurance man dreams about working for soccer team Manchester United, although he is running in a jungle of office buildings rather than on a soccer field.

A 40-year-old man from a farming family looks shy when talking about his childhood dream of being a kung fu master. Now doing odd jobs such as driving and construction works, he says that he only thinks about how to earn more money to support his family.

He says the term Chinese dream is "too big" for him. A college teacher, who is concerned about food safety and recent violent incidents, says that her Chinese dream is "simple" - her family stays safe and healthy.

Photographer Huie says that he has achieved his dream of becoming an artist, a dream driven by his identity crisis, "the feeling of belonging and not belonging".

"In America, I am not Chinese but I am also not really an American," he says.