Some people believe that with the advent of smartphone cameras and photo-editing apps and software, the art of photography is dying. We believe that’s far from true – one look at Gary Wang’s work proves that capturing beautiful moments with a camera remains a highly-skilled art form. In our latest Worldmade Artist Gallery Spotlight, we look at the photographs of Gary Wang, Digital Creative Director at JWT Beijing.
Gary photographs a broad range of scenes taking place in China, from a man calmly meditating on a serene beach, to a deserted, shop-filled street. Each picture feels like part of a narrative – whether we’re focused on a person or a place, it feels like we’re immersed in some greater story. Perhaps this cinematic quality derives from the fact that Gary is largely influenced by film directors.
Read our conversation and see a sample of Gary’s photographs below.
It’s clear that you frequently choose to photograph in black & white. Why?
Compared to color photos, I prefer to photograph in black & white. I am devoted to picture structure, language, light, and the texture of my characters. When people confront black and white photos, it’s easier for them to get into the atmosphere and scene – they pay much more attention to the inherent beauty of it.
Your photographs cover a wide range of subjects. How do you choose what to photograph?
All of the selected subjects have a vector, and express aesthetic, emotion, and worldview. Their sense of self is defined through the nature of their existence.
A lot of your work features people. Do the moments you capture tend to be candid, or do you set up those shots?
My photos are all captured on-site. I’d like to create them randomly, but frequently the subject doesn’t feel comfortable with that situation. I have to arrange the photo shoot.
How often do you take pictures?
When I travel, it is a high-yield creation period. Recently, though, I always walk around with my camera – opportunities to shoot can go in seconds.
What’s your favorite photo that you’ve taken?
My favorite photo is one I took for the new album of a Chinese rock star, Xie Tian-xiao, called “Illusion.”
What photographers inspire you?
Moriyama Daido, Araki Nobuyoshi, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Actually, in comparison to photographers, I get much more inspiration from film directors like David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, and Shinya Tsukamoto.