“I spent little time with my parents throughout my whole childhood, less communication, long being alienated,thereby giving rise to a sense of staying in middle of nowhere. Every time when confrontedwith the built-in family issue, I would intend to run away instinctively. In March 2020, I moved toHangzhou to get rid of the anxieties as well as for career. There, I got well paid and gained inner peace eventually, but later the routine of job bored me beyond bearing. Out of the basic instinct as a photographer, I decided to explore the similar void of mind state among young people like me scatteredin different cities, to see their faces as well as check over my deep self-doubt. Therefore, I post my personal photo project “New Comer” in Weibo and received more than 40 applicants. Before shooting,I predicted their inner drives to different cities: career, money, emotion issue, or just escaping from
the family. In the process of shooting and communicating with them, I found my predictions well fit, butthe point is that even I shared a lot with most of them, I was still touched by every each individual, his or her willingness to thrive, trying to gain redemption in ways of positive, or negative.”
Le Ziyi, an independent photographer, born in 1993 in Fujian, China. Lives in Yunnan, China currently. Participant in 2022 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival. Nominated for “Young Portfolio 2022”by Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts. Nominated BarTur Photo Award (Britain) in 2021. In 2018, Le self-published the photo book Well Longevity, and held same named solo exhibition at Banshan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan in 2019.
Size:17.4 x 23.3 cm
First Edition: 500
Published by Imageless Studio / Bananafish Books 2023.04
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