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17 September 2007 Beijing, China


A woman walks by a billboard in the rain. Reality is often very far removed from the happy promises and illusion that life offers.

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Phil Douglis03-May-2010 00:31
And what is even more incredible, is that I was sitting in that same car at that same moment, and do not recall even noticing this particular billboard, nor the lady with the yellow pants, yellow shoes and umbrella passing by. It was not luck that made this image for you, Celia. It was your own response to your unique vision -- you took advantage of what was offered to you here, and made it work. Bravo.
Cecilia Lim22-Apr-2010 20:24
Thanks Phil for pointing out the yellow panted woman and her connection to the surreal scene behind her.! I couldn't believe my luck either. I remember all of us sitting in the car in the rain, in traffic, after our visit to the Great Wall, and I made several shots of people going past this billboard-all of them bad. It's funny sometimes how everything can fall into place in an instant of a second. At that very moment, our car was lined up perfectly against the billboard too. Three years on, I still remember that moment vividly enough for me to pull this out of my spider-webbed archive CDs!
Phil Douglis22-Apr-2010 19:19
Wonderfully incongruous and communicative, Celia -- this billboard was made just for a rainy day. The billboard is even incongruous in itself, given the foreground stylized fantasy plants contrasting to the photograph behind them. By waiting for someone wearing yellow pants and yellow shoes to pass before the billboard while carrying an umbrella, you not only make your point about reality being far removed from life's illusions, but you maintain a strong color connection between life and those illusions.