So long, and thanks for all the fish

Tianxi Wang

2019 - Ongoing


The project titled after the fourth book in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy book series.

I moved back to China without any preparation. Life was suddenly disrupted and almost everything was lost. Then I settled down at Tianjin, which is a city close to Beijing but not busy at all. I try to restart my life. I took the habit of walking along the river because I found it soothing: I walk by the river everyday to seek healing and rest. The water run slow, the ripples look soft and smooth, and there’s some strange light reflecting on the surface. Somehow it helps me relax.

I found some Buddhists pray before they release fish. Soon those fish get caught and sold to fishmongers. Then fishmongers sell these fish back to Buddhists. A perfect circle.

It's a series of images shot during my walks along the river, which runs through the city. I captured the people swimming in the river and catching fish, often with just a fishing net; however, the motivation behind the project was not so much to document the local fishing culture, but to pursue the sense of calm and relaxation that I find along the river.

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