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Holocene  •  19 May 2021  •  Showcase

半島 peninsula /pɪˈnɪnsjʊlə/

noun
a piece of land almost surrounded by water or projecting out into a body of water

By Richard Chuanxu Wang
半島  peninsula /pɪˈnɪnsjʊlə/

It’s hazy but bright‭. ‬The smog is severe‭, ‬buildings can barely be seen out of the‭ ‬window‭. ‬But I still like it‭. ‬I wish you could see it here with me‭. ‬I can still feel your breath‭, ‬see how you dance alone in the‭ ‬darkness‭. ‬The scenery at night would be very good‭, ‬I know you like it best‭. ‬I wish I could see it too‭. ‬I stand‭ ‬in the same place as you‭, ‬just as you stand in the same place as me‭, ‬but we will‭ ‬never touch each other‭. ‬The sun is going down‭. ‬I’m leaving‭. ‬Good morning‭.‬

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Peninsula‭, ‬geographically refers to a protrusion of land surrounded mostly by water‭, ‬and in this case‭, ‬refers to the‭ ‬location where the images were taken‭, ‬ and represents the division within a long-distance relationship‭. ‬Peninsula is a series of images taken from the same location‭ ‬during a different time of the day‭, ‬so close‭ ‬to each other yet untouchably distant‭. ‬

Physical intimacy has been commonly regarded as the cornerstone‭ ‬and necessity of a relationship‭. ‬Those without physical intimacy‭ ‬risk swamping everyone involved with dismay‭, ‬depression and despair‭, ‬as a long-distance relationship often ends up no good‭, ‬with nothing but hollowness and vanity‭. ‬Contemporary society‭ ‬highlights distance as the most painful aspect‭, ‬due to technological‭ ‬inadequacy in long-distance travel‭, ‬but there is another aspect that is occasionally overlooked and has not been taken seriously‭: ‬Time‭. ‬The images are separated in the dimension of time‭, ‬similar to a couple being separated by a physical distance‭, ‬rendering‭ ‬an‭ ‬innovative experience for the audience as to rethink what matters‭ ‬most crucially apart from distance‭.‬

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It’s beautiful here‭. ‬This city is sexy‭, ‬just like you‭. ‬I wish I could see you‭. ‬You must also be giddily standing by the window and‭ ‬basking in the sun through‭ ‬the haze‭, ‬right‭? ‬You enjoy the sun in the day‭, ‬and I dance alone at night‭. ‬ I stand in the same place as you‭, ‬just as you stand in the same place as me‭, ‬but we will never touch each other‭. ‬The sun is about to come out‭. ‬I’m leaving‭.‬‭ ‬Goodnight‭.‬

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