For over a decade, branson has chased bygone eras in a vastly changing Chinese landscape. Getting a final glimpse of the simple ways of the peasants and the countryside’s of NE China before the economic boom sweeps them away. Beyond NE China, branson also spends an inordinate amount of time travelling without a destination, rather a general direction guided by instinct. branson has a Master’s Degree in Economics giving him a concept of seeing the world through a system of interlinking processes and changes which he explores in his photography and art. He is originally from New Mexico.
“In any group there is always a teacher amongst it”—Confucius said… And that is certainly true for my life here in Harbin. One moment I am learning and another I am the teacher. That is one of the main reasons that I stay in China, its dynamism. Studying political economy is more than class, it is a way of looking at life and investigating your surroundings. So how long does it take to get to know all of Harbin? My answer would be that it changes just faster than your ability to comprehend it.
These days I spend most of my time in two places, Daowai and Nangang. Nangang has the best university (HIT) and Daowai has the best food. Both have lots of Harbin history and culture, and both give me ample opportunity to use my extra time pursuing my favorite hobby after travelling—taking photos. My digital diary of my experience here has helped me chronicle the changes I have seen in Harbin and the changes that have happened in me. Enjoying the vast cultural opportunities, historical perspectives, and predictions of what might be gives me new and fascinating ways of seeing the same thing from inside and out, from the left or right or from what was to what it may be. After many years of being here and many years of travelling out there, I am happy to call Harbin home. “I will drag my tail in the mud!”—Zhuangzi