Photographer's Note

The art of study / the study of art

Calligraphy is art, philosophy and meditation in one. In China you regularly see it practised in public, sometimes with ink, sometimes with water. Some are real artists, others mindful amateurs, but it's always a fascinating sight, especially if you know a little bit about Chinese characters.

It is impossible to say how many characters there are. A good Chinese reader will know a couple of thousand actively. I studied Chinese for a couple of years and "at my peak" I guess I must have known a couple of hundred. But when you don't regularly practice them, they slip away, so now I'm in the rather unfortunate position of recognizing plenty of characters and knowing that I once knew them.

Studying Chinese is a wonderful thing to do, because the language and culture are so intertwined. There will be plenty of surprising insights and unexpected laughs along the way. And the longer you study, the more rewarding it becomes. but keep in mind that it takes a lot of time and motivation to reach a very basic level.


THIS PICTURE is dedicated to Malgo, who as I've just learned, has taken up the study of Chinese. I wish her lots of good courage and heaps of fun while studying this amazing language!

My picture shows a calligraphy artist in the streets of Xi'an. Please, don't ask me what he's written.

Let admiration suffice.

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