Shooting CCTV’s “Big Pants” with an American Photographer

 

How time flies! I haven’t seen my good friend Jim Olive for 8 years. Really miss him a lot.

In mid-October of 2009, the famous photographer Jim Olive came to Beijing on his second trip to China. The first trip was arranged by Chinese Photographers Association, and I accompanied him to Pinyao International Photography Festival with great gains. When he came to China this time, he asked me what he should shoot, so I took him to the new CCTV building, or the so called “Big Pants”.

Jim is a diligent and devoted photographer, and also a good friend that I had in Houston. He has shining silver hair with tall and strong body. He is gentle and speaks slowly with a deep voice, making people feel friendly and close. He was born in an ordinary farmer’s family in western America. His extraordinary achievements in photography are closely connected with his constant efforts.

Jim had an accident on this trip to Beijing. He had a big fall on the carpet over the stairs of the Baihuan Hotel entrance, and his precious Canon lens was broken. He was almost 67 years old then and I asked anxiously if he had hurt his waist or legs. Fortunately he was well built and the only thing that was broken was his lens which was broken into two. The broken part rolled into the wall corner. If it had happened in American, the hotel would have paid for all the damages because of the condition of the stairs and the carpet. If the victim sues the hotel, the hotel is sure to lose the case. Jim is a humble person and he didn’t ask for anything but regarded this as a bad luck. Since Jim was the guest invited by the Chinese Photographers Association, I tried to cut his loss by negotiating with the hotel manager. At last the manger said he would help repair the broken lens. Every photographer knows that a broken lens is beyond repair. Jim just said “forget it”. He handed the broken lens to the manger just as a polite way to accept his good offer without expecting any hope.

Jim wanted to shoot some new buildings with special features in Beijing and I noticed a pretty metal statue opposite to the “Big Pants”.

So I took him to the metal statue with a popular new design, and Jim was so happy to see it.

Jim spent 2 to 3 hours shooting around that small area. He stood, squatted or lied down during the whole process.

I was with him, taking pictures of him working so diligently. At the same time I also searched for what I was interested in. I was trying my different shooting angles to create my own works of art.

I had noticed this statue myself for quite a long while. Its unique design and smooth metal mirror surface give people different associations. It has a limitless strength of expression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The straight line from the building and the curved line of the statue make a sharp contrast, forming a unique kind of beauty.

I am very interested in his shooting postures and the reflections in the mirror surface.

The late afternoon’s color and light keep on changing.

The surrounding high buildings with their reflections in the statue’s mirror surface give people a smell of modernization.

The high buildings seen through the gap are very interesting.

The reflection of the sunset glow makes the statue very bright.

Does this contrast in color make people excited?

I think Jim must also be observing the color of the “Big Pants” in the sunset

Evening finally arrived. There were brilliant lights all over.

Jim was enjoying his masterpieces in the brilliant sunset.

It is just one scene of a devoted American photographer.

One month later, I called Jim about his broken lens. From the other end came his mild and deep voice, “Repaired! Working well”. On the one hand, I was surprised at the Chinese camera repairman’s skill, on the other hand, I was fully aware of the meaning behind this humble gentleman’s answer.

How are you, Jim? How I miss you!

Former Chinese Consul General Houston Jinzhou Hua

Houston innovation summit scheduled for May 15 to 17

For the second year, the US China Innovation and Investment Summit (UCIS), scheduled for May 15 to 17, will be better and bigger in many ways than its inaugural summit last year, according to Chen Hongsheng, consul and director of science and technology at the Chinese Consulate General in Houston.

The UCIS is organized by the Houston-based US China Innovation Alliance (UCIA) and China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC), an affiliate of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

 

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Shenzhen Photo Exhibition Now on Display in the Houston Christian high school

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Shenzhen Photo Exhibition Now on Display in the Houston Christian high school

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December 2016 the HSSCA hosted a delegation from Shenzhen

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During December the HSSCA hosted a delegation from Shenzhen shepherding the performers for the play Metropolis. This included the Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office. Shenzhen Wangyin Exhibition Service Co., the Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, Shenzhen Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Green & Low carbon Development Foundation. At the invitation of the Mayor’s office we attended the Mayor’s holiday reception at city hall along with a meeting with Chase Untermeyer at the Texas Medical Center. Great camaraderie with the delegates during dinner at Mala restaurant following the events. This was a great opportunity to promote our relationship with Shenzhen and forge a strong relationship with our Sister City.

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