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Article source: chinadaily.com.cn  date: 2017-04-18 clicks:   Font: large medium small
A cross-Straits group of septuagenarian photographers have found an innovative way to help Taiwan and the mainland find common ground: By pointing out just how similar the ground on both sides of the Taiwan Strait actually is.

A collection of 120 photographs by the group documenting the similarities between the spectacular topographies of Taiwan and Fujian opened in Fujian's provincial capital Fuzhou in April and will run till May 5.


A photograph captures the coastal rocks in Laomei, New Taipei City, Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

Despite being separated by the 180-kilometer-wide Taiwan Strait, photography has helped bring the five photographers—Chu Yanyi, Xu Jiefang, Li Linyou, Cai Mingsen and Rao Shaoxiong—together. Now, the elderly artists hope that their works can help do the same for their entire communities.

A photograph focuses on the deep grooves in the rock at Nanding Island, Zhangzhou, Fujian province. [Photo/Xinhua]

As the exhibition makes clear, Taiwan used to be connected to the Chinese mainland by land, and Fujian and Taiwan share similar landforms as well as climate and natural produce.

A photograph captures the bizarre rock formations in Aodi, New Taipei City, Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

One of the photographers, 85-year-old Xu Jiefang, presented 20 works at the show, including ones portraying various locations in Taiwan.

Now living in Taiwan, Xu's hometown is Minqing county in Fujian province, and he still visits the mainland a couple of times each year to visit family and friends as well as take photos in places as remote as Guizhou province in the southwest.

Xu said that his works are meant to show the true beauty of the world.

Xu Jiefang introduces one of his works at a photography exhibition in Fuzhou, Fujian province. The shot took Xu three days to shoot at New Taipei City, Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

A photograph documents the topography of Guihou Port in New Taipei City, Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

A photograph captures the spectacular rock formations in Wanli, New Taipei City, Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

Another dramatic rock formation spills over Keelung city, Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

The bright rocks stand out against the sea at Waimushan, Keelung city, Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

A landscape photography work focuses on a rock formation in Yehliu, New Taipei City, Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]