Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Title Translations

I have some continuing translation work for the photography book I mentioned before. Right now I'm helping to translate titles of some photographic works.  Most of them are pretty straightforward, but I am showing those below in order to get help. The photographs are all beautiful and an interesting window to Chinese photography in the 1930's-40's; I'm excited to see the book in it's final form!

吴中行 Wu Zhongxing, 恨晨光只熹微  Depressing Dim Light of Dawn, or Regretting the Light of Dawn  . Perhaps he feels a regret (hatred?) of the passage of time?

 司徒怀(沙飞)Situ Huai (Sha Fei),绿波留恋浣纱人 Green Waves Yearning for the Washerwomen. Or, less poetic, Green Waves surround the Washerwomen
留恋, Liu2lian4: reluctant to leave

 冯四知 Feng Sizhi, 仙山在何处   Celestial Mountains or,  In the Mountain of the Immortals or, Heavenly Mountains
吴中行 Wu Zhongxing, 杏花雨欲湿牛衣   Wet Cows and Clothing from Springtime Rain (Apricot Blossom Rain?)

 欲? as in 欲望? Or it is just a literary "for"
and is 杏花雨  poetic for Spring rain?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Carrying Conversation

This isn't going well.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


The Trayvon Martin case (or, tragically, lack thereof) has been all over the news.  I don't need to say anything more about it, but it was on my mind when I drew this.

Monday, April 16, 2012


The last three weeks, I've been working on a translation of an article about Jin Shisheng, a Chinese photographer who passed away in 2000.  The article was written by Wu Hung (if you know who he is... well, you know how big of a deal this is), and I was both honored and terrified to get this opportunity.  The article is going into the bilingual version of a book about the photographer, and will be published by Tongji University Press. After much stress and lots and lots of work I finally turned it in on Friday afternoon. Wu Hung is going to look at the article (he speaks English but wrote it in Chinese) and so I'll be a little nervous until I hear his response!

After I finally emailed it in I was exhausted, but really squirrely.  So what to do?  Have a dance party, of course!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Retail Posture

Drew this the other day.  Glad to not be faced with the above any longer!