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


“论语曰,三人行必有我师焉。”而这句简短的语句正印证了我在哈尔滨的生活,在承担教学工作的同时我也在不断地为提升自身价值而学习。白驹过隙般,自此一个在中国停留的异国人迷恋上并追随着她的活力。我以为的政治经济学的研究不仅限于常规课程的学习,而更是一种窥探生活,审时度势的方式。如果你问我何时才能去完全解锁哈尔滨这座城市的秘密?我更愿意说,她变化之快足以让你穷尽一生去追逐她的脚步。

我已然把在哈尔滨尘封的多数时光印刻于川流鼎沸的南岗和古朴熙攘的道外,徜徉于我深爱的学府——哈尔滨工业大学和口齿留香、回味无穷的美食天堂。而其典藏的冰城历史之不朽,文化之精深更是让我无法不用胶片去记录下这美妙的岁月擦拭过后久久不愿离去的印迹。仿佛妙龄少女般变化之快,之美让我这个匆匆过客也不禁将她纳入到拍摄日记中,犹如一个父亲捕捉到了这世界最美最珍贵的瞬间。在历经了这座城市文化的博大,历史的深邃和给予我日新月异的惊喜及去看待、期待和等待她如清水芙蓉般的迷恋后,在体验过多年哈尔滨河畔的柔波金柳,在行走间作别过哈尔滨之外西天的云彩后,我欣然称她为家。此刻骤然记起庄子般如我的心态:“我宁愿拖着尾巴在泥里前行。”