Photographer's Note

Chinese Calligraphy is often a hobby of the old in China. It is commonly done with ink and paper, but there is another type. This type of calligraphy is done with a wet sponge "brush" on sidewalks or other smooth, flat surfaces. Before the masterpiece is finished, the earlier strokes have already evaporated. This elderly man is writing in a type of script called Kuangcao. The meaning is Crazy Grass. In English, it is referred to as Erratic Script because each character is written extemporaneously and each is carefully connected to the previous and following character. This form of calligraphy literally takes a lifetime to master. I took this picture on a walkway by Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace.

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