Sun Rongmao

I met Mr. Zhang and his family quite accidentally when they came to borrow a five star national flag, which impressed me a lot. And I gradually knew about their story in later communication.

At the very beginning, it was rather difficult for me to understand for what reason on earth that the couple gave up their jobs, traveled thousands of miles, and invested all they had to engage in photographing in Brazil for a decade. Not knowing the local language in such downright unfamiliar surroundings, they were faced with various difficulties and dangers. Then what was the impetus propping them up in so hard time?

Sitting down on a loft in the setting sun, I looked at the shootings and was deeply moved as the couple narrated their experience. They came here only because of their dream and crazy love to the Brazilian culture. They were auspicious for they embraced dreams and were in pursuit of the dreams.

Brazil, as a country of immigrants, has multiculturalism and integrated characteristics fused here. In addition to local samba, soccer, there is German-styled Oktoberfest, the traditional Dutch flower festival and the Swiss-flavored pine nuts festival, which contributes to a colorful and dizzying atmosphere. Brazil has tantalizing natural scenery, embodied in its waterfalls, swamps, beaches, the Amazon forest, pythons, piranhas, Blue Macaw and Jabiru Stork……; the primitive and wild beauty was revealed everywhere. Mr. Zhang, with his camera, showed to the world the beautiful scenes, some places of which many people have not ever been able to reach. Commendably, the information about many of these precious pictures was from the “Little Photographer”, Link Zhang. He, who is only 7 years old, and his 5-year-old young sister, who was born in a jeep, experienced full of bumps since they were born along with his parents. Thus young as they were, they could made skillful use of camera, just like playing Transformers. I have joked that they resembled the “Little Xu Xiakes” in the twenty-first century. (Xu Xiake was a Chinese geographer, traveler and litterateur in Ming Dynasty.)

The public order in Brazil was not quite satisfying. The family of Mr. Zhang was looted many times and the most disastrous one was two years ago when 200 hard drive full of videos, 2 editing machines, 15 computers and images photed in the past etc. all missed. A few months later, the jeep disappeared without traces. This made a heavy blow on them. However, they made it through and survived, starting everything from scratch again.

With the family growing from husband and wife first to four members today, they spent a decade in Brazil which they have understood, experienced and interpreted, so as to manage to accumulate heaps of valuable image data. Now, they have handed in an answer sheet by introducing Brazil to the world from their own perspective.

Ten years witnessed the couple’s traces of nearly 160 thousand kilometers, a creation of almost 6,000- hour-long videos and kind of millions of pictures, their kids’ arrival in the world and the pursuit of their dream.

They made a fruitful harvest.

Sun Rongmao
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Sao Paulo, Brazil
On March 19, 2009 in Sao Paulo


认识张先生一家,纯属偶然。他们来借一面五星红旗。这让我印象深刻。后来的接触当中,慢慢了解了他们的故事。

我开始是很难理解的,夫妻二人放弃工作,不远万里,历时十载,倾其所有,到巴西来摄影,到底为了什么?在这个陌生的环境里,他们不懂语言,面临种种困难和危险,是什么动力苦苦支撑他们?
坐在夕阳下的阁楼上,看着他们拍摄的影像,听着张先生及夫人的讲述,我被感动了。就是为了一个梦想,就是对巴西文化的喜爱,他们来到这里。他们是幸运的,因为他们有梦想,他们是追梦的人。

巴西是一个移民国家,多元文化、民俗特色在这里融合。除了当地的森巴舞、足球,还有德国风格的啤酒节、荷兰传统的花卉节、瑞士风味的松子节,色彩斑斓,让人目不暇接。巴西拥有撩人的自然风光,瀑布、沼泽、海滩、亚马逊森林、巨蟒、食人鱼、蓝金刚鹦鹉、独幽幽……到处彰显着原始、野性的美。张先生运用手中的摄影机,将这一幕幕美景展现给世人,有些地方很多人都无法企及。难能可贵的是,在这些珍贵的图片资料中有许多出自“小摄影家”之手,张克林。今年六岁的他和出生在吉普车中四岁的小妹,从一生下来,就跟着父母到处颠簸,小小年纪运用相机十分娴熟,就像在玩变形金刚。我曾笑称他们是二十一世纪的“小小徐霞客”。

巴西的治安并不是很好。张先生一家也曾多次被洗劫。最惨痛的是两年前的那次,三千多小时原始影像磁带、两百多块满载影像资料的硬盘、两台编辑机、十五台电脑……过去多年拍摄的影像,全部付之东流,几个月后,吉普车也不翼而飞。这是一个沉重的打击。然而,他们挺过来了,坚持下来了,一切又重头开始。

从最初的夫妻二人到今天的一家四口,他们在巴西度过十年。他们不断地了解巴西,经历巴西,解读巴西,积攒下一堆堆宝贵的影像资料。如今,他们交上了一份答卷,以自己的视角向世人介绍巴西。

十年的时间,十六万公里的行程、六千小时的录像、说不清多少万张的图片、一对儿女、一个梦想……

他们有了丰硕的收获。

孙荣茂
中华人民共和国驻巴西圣保罗总领事
二零零九年三月十九日于巴西圣保罗

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