Because the military village was about to be demolished, almost all the residents had moved out and left behind a lot of empty houses. Most of the doors were destroyed by strangers, making them possible to be entered anytime. The items with residential vestige were left in the house and scattered on the ground. From little items in daily life to patriotic things, they were some clues to picture the original residences.
Above mentioned situation also happened in the whole roll of empty townhouses in Lane 2, Chongshi Village. I was attracted by the special architecture of the connected buildings so I shoot in there. But the houses were burned down soon after I finished shooting. It was an empty house fire accident with no one injured. When I went back to the fire scene I was very shocked. There were many opinions about how the fire started, most of the guesses pointed to the peculiar and unspeakable political reasons. I set up my camera set again to capture the before and after of the scene, but I could never sort out what caused the fire. I could only conclude this accident as “self-burned” (which sounded like “nature” in Chinese.)
In this work, I used medium and large size images and a simple and objective way to shoot the before and after fire scenes with same angle, presenting an analogy relationship between the two sets of photos.