Photos Of My Mom Enjoying Things

My mom has fallen into the Asian stereotype when it comes to cameras and phones: no pic, no proof. Therefore, all the pics, all the proof. Our recent trip to Berlin (my sister lives there; she visited her, and I skipped over from Chengdu) proved a conflict of lifestyle interest; as she tripped and stumbled across towns and attractions with the screen in front of her face, we became a bit impatient with the whole concept of ‘needing’ a picture. When she asked me to take photos with my camera, I became belligerent and refused– unless she posed like this.

Here is a series of my mother hopefully enjoying the view without a screen in front of her face!

Neue Castle
Rose marble corner in Neue
A garden by Charl
Roman bathhouse
An ivy terrace garden
Canola field in Poland

Videos On The Other Side Of The Firewall

Taiwan has wifi.

Taiwan has wifi the way China has buffering. Except; there’s a void where you find yourself missing the croak and beeps of the modems– no feedback, nothing but the infinite, endless gray of buffering. Like the pollution. You have no idea why it surrounds you so thickly, and you get lost in it.

And so, on my last day on the other side of the Great Chinese Firewall, I’m consuming as many videos as I can before I’m back in the infinite gray.

Here are some that have given me a creative spark, some sunshine to guide me later through the haze of Chengdu. Enjoy.


Frank Ocean – ‘Nikes’ from DoBeDo Productions on Vimeo.

A Tumblr scroll through nostalgia, paralleled with Frank Ocean’s stream of consciousness and struggle through materialistic and overstimulated mainstream culture gives us just the right dose of beautiful, drunken melancholy.

Jamie XX- Gosh by director Sam Pilling

Shot in China in a city modeled after Paris, the sheer size of production and iconic imagery leaves you with a sense of awe bordering on religious.

DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels by director Sam Pilling

Political commentary makes violet puppets out of politicians.


Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan from Joey L on Vimeo.

Meet the guerrilla fighters of Kurdistan and their fierce female warriors. Listed as terrorists by the US Government along with ISIS despite their own battle against ISIS forces, documentarian and photographer Joey L. pursues more than their portraits as he ventures into the dangers of Syria– but their persistence in their democratic values and their fight for a better, more equal society.

Take me to the moon – trailer from Häns on Vimeo.

Watch the full 15 minute feature here via As an ex-pat in China, this strikes me as a documentary many of my Chengdu community may be interested in. We may live across the world from America, but our perspectives and prospectives are still very Western. This feature reveals a deeper look into the lives of many Chinese workers and how they feel about their dreams and futures.


Obituaries from Ryan Moody on Vimeo.

A touching fictional narrative exploring the world of the victims of mass shootings before they were faceless victims which leaves us to feel the pain of the epidemic today.

11x HUMAN from John Merizalde on Vimeo.

Killer Mike calls for more humanity amongst the violence, crimes, and racism we’re experiencing in modern day America.

When We Were Knights from GoPro on Vimeo.

An incredibly moving and inspiring piece starring an everlasting friendship struck with an authentic beauty, respect, and admiration.


NPR’s Best Music Videos of 2016

Vimeo: ‘Best Of’ Monthly Staff Picks