Bird’s eye view of a Chinese fire station

In a series of photographs that are minimalist nearly to the point of abstraction, Chinese photographer Chan Dick takes a bird’s eye view of the Chai Wan Fire Station. The images are orderly and poetic, with fire-hoses becoming a delicate line drawing and student groups becoming organic shapes.

The artist discovered the rich visual framing by looking through a ventilation window in the washroom of his workshop. He witnessed the fireman performing the routine maintenance of washing fire trucks as well as the off-hours recreation of volleyball games.

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“Days and months passed,” he said of his observations. “Scenes began to repeat themselves. I started to slow down and patiently wait for the next unexpected scene.”



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