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From the series "Land of sugar loaves"
We change of horizon today with this walk amid the rice fields in southern China, near the really tiny village of Neilibu. The karst peaks are a well-known sight, near the town of Yangshuo. Strolling here is a sweet experience for me, especially when I spend some times in China (this area is my peace garden when I'm living in Hong Kong). Here, it's simply quiet. I mean, there is no noise, nobody, no pollution. You breathe in a peacefulness you thought it was, not a memory, not even a daydream, but a fantasy, you know, kind of chimera while lazing around. And now is my secret weapon in photography: you have to change, even suddenly, of horizons. You should go in a huge city, then in the fields, then coming back again in the urban environment. It's in the diversification you rediscover some elements too obvious to watch. Open your eyes again on what is blatant and so invisible in your world. If you put your head in the water for a minute, when you grasp again the air, you remember how sweet is the oxygen. If you stay a full day in the night, you will see later, again, the beauty of the light. Routine is the enemy of the eyes: they fall asleep. Quite chancy for a photographer, right? But don't torture your body to find inspiration, all right? Just go somewhere else. It's just enough to enhance our work.