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‘Short Flashes’: Fleeting Moments of Chinese Cyclists Braving the Rain

Short Flashes is an award-winning photo series by Polish artist Wiktoria Wojciechowska that looks at impermanent moments of everyday life in Hangzhou, China.

Photographer Wiktoria Wojciechowska. (Image via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)
Photographer Wiktoria Wojciechowska. (Image via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)

Wojciechowska was the 2015 winner of The Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for this series. In the short video from Leica, Wojciechowska talks about the time she spent during the typhoon season in Hangzou, and how the series came about from a direct reaction to how she was feeling at the time.

From the series Short Flashes. (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)
From the series ‘Short Flashes.’ (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)

Wojciechowska spent time throughout 2013-2014 in China on an artist’s residency. When she came to China, she felt completely alone and spent much of her time walking on the street and observing people. She did not know the language, which made her further isolated and unable to communicate with people. She had this urge to just stop them, to see their faces.

From the series Short Flashes. (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)
From the series ‘Short Flashes.’ (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)

She taped an umbrella to her tripod and spent an hour or two each day at the same place photographing cyclists on their way to work. She thought that by photographing an individual among the masses, it would give them an identity and allow her to capture a moment, a particular emotion, one gesture, or the things in between.

From the series Short Flashes. (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)
From the series ‘Short Flashes.’ (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)

Wojciechowska:

From the series Short Flashes. (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)
From the series ‘Short Flashes.’ (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)

The title for the series, Short Flashes, came from one of the artists favorite books — Treatise on Shelling Beans by Wiesław Myśliwski.

From the series Short Flashes. (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)
From the series ‘Short Flashes.’ (Image: Wiktoria Wojciechowska via Leica Camera Vimeo/Screenshot)

An excerpt from the book is below:

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Jessica Kneipphttp://www.jessicakneipp.net
Jessica grew up in the tropics of North Australia. She writes about films, and occasionally gets to write and direct them. She has a love of silent films, they are the closest she will ever get to "time travel." However, on some real travels she spotted a polar bear while visiting the Arctic, and has enjoyed the view of the Mongolian plains on a train from Russia to China. Her favorite fruit is pomegranate and her most memorable gift is a Super 8 camera from her husband, which she is keen to shoot some footage of Antarctic icebergs on one day.  

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