Alleys, Stall Markets and Zakka Store

Alleys, Stall Markets and Zakka Stores

Egg Shell 28Ib/32Ib, Vellum Paper

iphone and Canon EOS Rebel T6i

The beauty of mundane and obsoletes.

This book presents a series of photographs showcasing alleys, stall markets, and zakka stores, highlighting the beauty found in ordinary life. These alleys, often perceived as old, crowded, and chaotic, also exude simplicity, color, and excitement. Life here may seem mundane, yet it is imbued with a sense of ritual that adds excitement to every day. The residents strive to live their lives to the fullest, in unique ways, such as the breakfast store in the night, which serve as beacons of hope, illuminating the roads in the dark. In contrast to the segmented modernity of skyscrapers and sharp edges, this environment is a melting pot of simultaneous events. The complexity and vibrancy of life thrive in each of these small spaces.

This book features multiple cities in China and the New York City I have went to, and photos’ squence is designed from day to night. I used vellum paper to print some individual parts of the photos, highlighting those small, simple, yet blessed traces that bring vibrancy to life. *Those are selected pages.