Thursday, August 20, 2009

Alone in the Fog.

Soldier, Chongqing. 2009 © Shen Wei

Street Cleaner, Wuhan, Hubei Province. 2009. © Shen Wei

Girl, Xi'an, Shannxi Province. 2009 © Shen Wei

The Yellow Mountain, Anhui Province. 2008 © Shen Wei

When I travel in China, I was always in and out of the fog, the good fog and the bag fog. I waited for three days to finally see the otherworldly Yellow Mountain flirted by the thin clouds. The city of Chongqing also seems to be permanently marinated in a nurturing moist, while Taiyuan provided me the less pleasant dusty haze.

I love fog - especially when I discover others similar to me, who just like to enjoy a moment of inebriation, alone.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Aperture Foundation Green Cart Commission

Aperture Foundation has released the news of their yearlong commission project about the historic NYC Green Cart. I am very honored to have been selected as one of the five photographers commissioned for this amazing project. I am also looking forward to working with four very talented photographers, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Thomas Holton, Gabriele Stabile and Will Steacy. It is an interesting, challenging and inspiring project. I cannot wait to start working on it.

For more information on the project and NYC Green Cart, you can read the official press release and this New York Times article.

Saturday, August 08, 2009


Sun Bathing, Los Angeles, CA. 2002 © Shen Wei

It's a very quiet and peaceful Saturday afternoon in downtown Manhattan. I decide to watch a old Andy Warhol classic HEAT. I love this kind of oldies from 1970s. I was born in China in 1970s when gray was the in color, that makes me curious about what was like in the west at the time. In this film, everything is peach and cyan, like a Hockney painting, bright and seductive. It is strictly Californian. I used to spend a couple of trips each year to California for the sun, the pool, the hot bodies and etc. A friend of mine who lived in this West Hollywood condo where I firmly believe to be the site of HEAT. It is also peach and cyan. Pat Ast who plays the crazy lady Lydia in the film was live behind that condo. I went to visit her and her dogs and took some photos of her. She is crazy, in an amazingly charming way. There is pool in the middle of the building, no one has ever in it, it was forever empty and pristine. I intended to jump in to recreate that famous Hockney painting. The water was way too hot, heated by the unbearable hot summer sun. One afternoon I saw this guy sun bathing by the pool wear a red Speedo. I had a flashing moment of time reversed to the 1971.