Polish photographer Damian Dzialoszynski is passionate about his work. Based in Beijing for the last seven months, he has taken that passion with him to the streets of the Chinese capital and beyond. Here he shares a few of his favorite images captured on his wanderings through Beijing's highways and byways and his discovery of Jingtailan (jǐng tài lán, 景泰蓝). Also known as Cloisonné, this fascinating craft is a unique combination of sculpture, painting, porcelain making and copper-smithing said to have originated in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty.>>>
It was really exciting to visit the Beijing Jingtailan Factory (Beijing Cloisonné Plant), a national-level center for Chinese intangible cultural heritage. When we arrived over there, the first thing we saw was a room filled with ready made Jingtailan items—they looked beautiful and were very expensive:
At first, we thought, "Why do they cost so much?" But after seeing the complete production process and how they are made, we understood better how difficult it is and how long it takes to make each incredible piece.
The visit enabled us to learn how these gorgeous artworks are produced, and we also had the chance to make our own art pieces under the instruction of technicians.
After our trip, we had a much clearer understanding of the true cultural value of these beautifully crafted items.