藝術家Artist

台灣Taiwan

陳瑩如(路頭工作坊成員)Chen Ying-ru

藝術家簡介Artist Profile

鹽水人,1972年生。

近幾年來持續以底片相機拍照。

Q:請用一句話來回答:攝影對你而言是什麼?

A:攝影是凝視他人的同時,也映照出自我。

創作論述Work Text

《鐵線橋》                                                             陳瑩如

 

臺南市新營區鐵線橋,是急水溪旁一個彷若寒村的寧靜小村落,平日老街上經常顯得空寂,目前全聚落僅有一家餐飲店和一間中藥房,無超商、雜貨店或菜市場,居民需至鄰近地區採買日用品,或在自家空地種植蔬果,不定期也有流動式麵包車、五金雜貨車或流動冰豆花車來到,滿足居民部分民生需求。

 

然而,清領時期鐵線橋曾是個因倒風內海汊港而極為繁榮的市街聚落,康熙中葉時即創設的「通濟宮」(舊廟),在廟口前方不遠處,是當時的港口碼頭,貿易往來頻繁,位於廟後一帶的街道,曾聚集鹽館、米絞、米粉間、麻油間、漢藥房、雜貨店、傳統合院建材等各式店舖,前往批發買賣的商賈駱驛不絕,街市裡車水馬龍、人聲鼎沸,其繁華程度可由清朝官員孫元衡於途經鐵線橋時所作古詩〈鐵線橋村市〉裡,略為感受一二。

 

一直到戰後,至民國六、七十年前後,鐵線橋仍是周邊地區重要的街市,熱鬧景象不減。時至今日,風騷一時的「鐵線橋」已「不存在」於現今聚落,僅能在文獻或文學作品的字裡行間想像其模糊光影。但另一方面,它又確實「存在」於當耆老訴說往昔時、那眼中閃爍著的光芒裡,或是殘跡斑斑的舊街屋中。

 

這項專題拍攝計畫自2018年4月起,約持續半年多,透過不斷的回訪,我的拍攝方式逐漸轉變,而我與鐵線橋之間的關係也變得不一樣了。現在,就讓影像本身來訴說這一切吧。

 

 

Terramisson 

       

Tainan Sinying District’s Tie-shian Bridge is a desolate and quiet village by the Jishuei River. During ordinary days, the old street is very empty and there is only one eatery and a Chinese Medicine store. There is no convenience store, grocery or food market. Residents need to go to neighboring areas to buy daily goods or grow food in their own empty lot. Trucks selling Breads or hardware grocery will visit irregularly to meet the local needs.

           

But in the Ching Dynasty, Tie-shian Bridge used to a prosperous place due to the operation of Daofong Lagoon Harbor. Founded in mid Kangxi years, the harbor was not far from the Tong-ji Temple. Shops that sold salt, rice products, sesame oil, Chinese medicine, grocery gathered behind the temple with crowded street bustled with people and noise. Its prosperity was described in a poem written by a government official called Sun Yuan-hen when he passed by the area.

 

It wasn’t until 1970s and 80s, Tie-shian Bridge was still an important and busy place in the vicinity. But nowadays, Tie-shian Bridge has disappeared from the modern places. One can only find its past glory through historical records or literary works. But meanwhile, Tie-shian Bridge still exists in the blinking eyes when elderly describe its glorious days or in the dark remnants of the old street houses.

 

This photography project started from April 2018 and has lasted for more than half year. Through numerous interviews, my ways of photography has changed gradually and my relation with the Tie-shian Bridge has also become different. Now, let the photographs speak for themselves.

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