Yesterday I picked up at the photo lab the color film that I shot in December during two business trips.
Who follows me (thank you, thank you very much) will be very surprised to see the photo of a person ( I have his permission to publish ), but this guy was too cute.
Please allow me to explain why I photographed a human being.
On December 18, I was in Venice, during a break, while I was walking toward St. Mark’s Square, I saw a man with a bush attached to his back !!! I got closer and saw that he was an East Asian man. In his hand he had a walkie-talkie. I thought -What is a man from East Asia doing with a walkie-talkie in his hand and a bush attached to his back in the middle of Piazza San Marco?! -
Curiosity overcame my shyness, so I tried to speak in Japanese (I was not 100% sure about his Japanese appearance, but he didn’t look like even Chinese … )* . The man with the bush shook his head…, he did not understand. Than I tried with English.
I discovered that he can speak English a little. Finally we were able to start a conversation! WOW !
I knew that he came from China and his name is Sazi. He is an artist conducting a performance, he wants to go on foot from Venice to Xinjiang, the whole trip is about 12,600 km!
By alternating English and ideographic writing I told him that he could not cross the States borders carrying a plant without certifications. He replied that he knew that and at each Country border he would abandon the old plant before crossing and purchase a new one once entered the next Country.
During our mixed conversation (gesture, broken English and ideograms) I learned also that he did a similar performance inside China. Last year, Mister Sazi walked 133 days to complete a performance from Beijing to Urumqi !!! WOW !!!
* According to the linked Chinese article, Mister Sazi belongs to Uyghur ethnic group of China Autonomous Region of Xinjiang