OM SHANDONG
2016-2021




OM 山洞
2016-2021



During my world travels, I went to Om Shandong - a small-scale experimental community located in Dali, Yunan Province, China. Intuitively, I felt a strong connection with the people there, and I knew this was where I needed to be - it has been three years now.

The flowing lifestyle - intimate, independent, and jointly created by people of different backgrounds - follows a simple and autonomic rhythm. We live, create, practice self-awareness, and share the love and light, impromptu and in earnest.

Started in 2013 by Peta, a Russian musician - it was surprising for me to see such a place in China. Focussing on all the intricate aspects of daily life and human relationship - we are open as a community, making decisions by voting and talking circles - keeping every individual equal.

This is the only such community in China and I don’t know how long it will last, so I felt it is important to document the place while it exists. For me, life and photography are the same but in different dimensions.  Photography has been my way to look at life and people - to make images to reflect upon who we are and how we have changed.
在世界旅行的过程中,我再次来到大理,停留在OM山洞——一个世界旅行者的小型实验社区。直觉的声音告诉我,需要在此停留。

对我来说,OM山洞是一个“场”,带着梦想和自我认知的练习;它也是一个家,很自由,很有爱。在过去的五年多来,这里人来人往,长居或短住,分别后又归来,这种流动的生活方式,紧密又独立,由来自不同文化背景的人共同创造,它是简单自律的节奏,又充满实验和戏剧的张力。我们在此即兴而真诚地生活、创作、练习、分享。

Petr跟我说,OM是宇宙最初的声音,联系着万物;山洞是心灵的修行之地,它寂静,与天地相连,所以称这里为“OM山洞”。他希望在此停留或生活过的人,能更明晰地了解自己。这便是OM山洞的存在意义。

将近三年的时间里,我一直生活在这里,希望这里被记录下来,在中国的大环境下有这样一个地方,很珍贵。