Alain Delorme - Totems (2010)

Totems features the acrobatic stacking feats of Shanghai’s bikers.

Delorme explains, ‘Cardboard and chairs seem to be the new totems of a society in transformation, both the world’s factory and new Eldorado of the market economy.’

The series is not presented in a documentary style. Instead, Delorme plays with color editing to create an ‘augmented reality’ that ‘puts light on the paradoxes of the most dynamic city in China.”

Artist’s statement:

“They show the reality of the migrants and their small jobs, the reality as well of the expansion of Shanghai, with all these skyscrapers rising up. It is some kind of augmented reality, though [the ‘totems’ are photoshopped]: you do see these workers carrying their impressive loads throughout the city. I just exaggerated the piles to draw attention to them, while still trying to remain believable. There are also some incoherent details left on purpose, to encourage questioning on what is true or not. For instance, one of the workers drives with flowers in front of his eyes. How could he do that in real life?”

i wonder…

what ill be doing a year from now…..

because.. i should be graduating 

figuring out where im going to move to

what im going to do with my life

i wonder who all ill still be friends 

and i wonder who will not

my niece would have just turned one year! 

i would have meet both of them :) 

i wonder if my family will be here 

i wonder what new tattoos i would have

i wonder if i will be dating anyone..

i wonder if toto will still be a fatty :)

i wonder if i will still be one.. haha  

i just wonder what all is in the next year :) i hope its all good :) 

on another note…


talking to my sister the other day… and i think i figured out what im gonna go after i graduate… i really want to move to cali…. im tired of being away of my family… and i really want to be a part of Vals life :D and the job opportunities in california are way better