Waiting in Vain

This project is a series of camera obscura environmental portraits of Beijing hutong homeowners. The photographer turns the hutong rooms into the camera itself, and takes long-exposure portraits inside the camera.

Over 60 years, socially-marginalized hutong homeowners have witnessed the fast- changing redevelopment of new Beijing. As they wait to turn the clock back, their home is already broken. This project is about waiting, waiting spontaneously and self-willed, fatalistically and unpromisingly, waiting in the dim light, in the fast-changing space, and in the passing time and memories.