Monday, March 16, 2009

Document the Youth





© Li Yuning

Chinese photographer Li Yuning was one of the participators of my workshop in Shanghai a few month ago. Li is a Captain in the military, a generous, mature and interesting guy. In my workshop, he presented his documentary project of the youthful life of Chinese soldiers. I was immediately drawn into his work, they are beautiful, intimate, emotional, nature and sweet. And this is also one of the subject matters which is very rarely being explored in the Chinese photography.

3 comments:

luke cassady-dorion said...

It's interesting looking at these photographs after living in Bangkok for the last 3.5 years. Thai men can often be very affectionate with each other, so it's not abnormal to see soldiers walking holding hands here. That being said, there is a fair amount of open homosexuality and effeminacy in the military here too, so it's often more than just platonic. Still, it's nice to see that it's not as hidden ....

ponoono said...

the parallel bars in the courtyard are very interesting! military men or gymnasts? i think the lounging and intimacy reflect men who are secure in their sexuality.

Reds said...

very beautifull photos!