October, 2017. I am leaving China after twenty years. We all depart at some point in life — from a country, from a job, from a relationship, from a belief. Whatever the place, be it real or metaphorical, we leave to improve our condition. Change is the law of the Universe. Yet, we have a hard time to deal with it. We clutch to the notions of Time and Place for we brought reality down to physicality, and by doing so we created a sense of exclusion. We separated ourselves from the Universe. While "physical” is just a few specs in the vastness of no-thingness, our senses cannot perceive the non-physical: we only can see all that which stops light; that which allows light to pass through or that which is light itself, we cannot see. We have therefore come to the conclusion that materiality is the whole, and we have placed ourselves at the center of this "Universe of Things" in which we believe. But the Universe is not human-centric: every form of life — be it perceptible to our senses or not — has a role to play. And change is always happening.
The photos of this series were taken in the short span of a week, each following a ritual that I repeated everyday, for several days: I looked at myself in the mirror for thirty minutes, to see the changes happening inside of me —through time and space, and out of it. Every minute. So I sat there and waited, until transitions.