黃勤帶《Vajrayāna》

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「走了遠路,卻得以聞到佛法,見過恆河在冬季黎明時分,萬籟俱寂,河面泛著的水氣;菩提迦耶金剛座的菩提樹的婆娑;尼泊爾阿彌陀佛山竹巴女尼們如天籟的唱頌……。如今,每當嗅到柏葉燃燒的氣味,便知道,自已又回到了藏地。」——黃勤帶

Vajrayāna是梵文譯音,意即「密宗」,又名「金剛乘」,指的即是藏傳佛教。黃勤帶於1991年首次從以險要著稱的川藏公路進入西藏(圖博),從此與藏地結下不解之緣,此後他的足跡遍至印度及尼泊爾境內的喜瑪拉雅山藏區及藏民流散之地。這二十多年來無數次的旅程裡,除了有著黃勤帶對宗教的追求,也是他對對攝影圖像中靈性表達的一份探索,在他的鏡頭下,高原日照、泥土與藏民黝黑的皮膚,皆躍然紙上。

1957年生於香港離島大嶼山的黃勤帶,於1970年代開始從事新聞及報導攝影工作,並曾赴日本修讀攝影。《'89 廣場的日子》攝影集完成後,鏡頭轉向紀錄香港、澳門殖民地的最後光景,以及喜瑪拉雅山藏區。黃勤帶現為自由攝影師,生活於日本和香港。曾出版《'89 廣場的日子》、《北京戀曲》、《填海記》、《千禧面譜:英國華人長者黑白攝影集》以及《香港地》。本書為黃勤帶2016年出版的最新作品。

"Going the long way, there were many unforgettable experiences. I had the opportunity to hear the Dharma. I witnessed the Ganges in the winter dawn - amid tranquility and serenity - while devotees dipped into the freezing water as the water vapoir rising from the river glowed. I saw the whirling light and shade under the Bodhi trees by the Bodhgaya Diamond Block and heard the chanting of Nepal’s Amitabha nuns sounding like angels singing from heaven……Now, whenever I smell the odor of burning Cypress leave, I know I have returned to the land of the Tibetans."
— Kan Tai Wong

Travelled to Tibet for the very first time in 1991 through the dangerous Sichuan-Tibet Highway to experience the unique culture of Tibetans, Kan Tai has since developed an indissoluble bond to the area. His footprints reached the territories of India, Nepal and the Himalayas, as well as the whole Tibetan diaspora.

The many journeys over the past two decades epitomized not only Kan Tai's religious pursuit but also his exploration of spiritual expression in images. Obsessed with silver gelatin black and white photography, sunshine on a plateau, texture and breath of soil, dark skins of Tibetans all come to life through his camera. Vajrayāna witnesses the photographer's spiritual path and showcases his distinctive view of the world that insights and inspirations will be revealed to readers.

Kan Tai Wong was born in Lantau Island, Hong Kong in 1957. He joined the Hong Kong Press in the late 1970s and started his long career as a photojournalist. He studied photography in the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics. His photographic collections published include'89 Tiananmen, Beijing Story, Land Reclaim and Hong Kong Walled City 2002 – 2007. Wong now lives in Japan and Hong Kong and works as a freelance photographer.

《Vajrayāna》 | 黃勤帶 | 慣性出版 | 2016年6月初版 | 平裝 | 264頁 | 15.2 x 20.4 cm | 中文&英文

Vajrayāna | by Ken Tai WONG | Inertia Books | Jun. 2016 | Paperback | 264pages | 15.2 x 20.4 cm | Chinese & English

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