The Invisible Bicycle

Photographer Zhaohua Zen removes the bicycle from photographs and the subjects appear to float in the air, on their daily rides to and fro in Shanghai.

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Floating with a shopping list

They seem oblivious that they’re floating in air.

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Floating with a passenger

Is it a statement about what we take for granted? Possibly or how the perfect machine moves us, in a cities dominated by cars. Maybe too what’s been lost in a consumer-driven, marketing culture.

While a world away from us in the States, Zhaohua Zen could shoot here and use his photographic skills to the same effect.

When I rode in Shanghai, these contrasts were always apparent. From the big bag of something being ridden to a high-rise construction site


Hundred dollar bicycle outside a million dollar apartment building

or the bike parked outside it.

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What’s he doing with that big bag of X?

Note: iPad viewers, high-rez photos of Zen’s work were not available.