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.
Floating with a shopping list
They seem oblivious that they’re floating in air.
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.
What’s he doing with that big bag of X?
Note: iPad viewers, high-rez photos of Zen’s work were not available.