Blowing Smoke and Seahorses.
Photographs by Aram Tanis. By Patty Snijders, Siobhan Tattan. Text by
Dominic van den Boogerd, Leo Divendal.
Timezone 8, 2011. 104 pp., 65 black & white illustrations, 6¾x9½".
What do you photograph in a country where you
see a lot and understand little? This is the question
addressed by Dutch photographer Aram
Tamis’ quietly bleak series on the alienation of life
in modern-day Beijing. In an environment of high-rises
and tattered advertisements, the few living
things we do see appear lonely and vulnerable.