Q&A: Hua Weicheng — Go To The Alien Street


Q — What is it that interests you about photography?
A — If I used to have a strong interest in photography, but now I find I’m less and less interested in it. In the past, I liked photography because it is a relatively objective medium. It is hard to say that photographic works are created by people, they are more like transparent objects reflecting reality. Photography is not a god, but an angel! That’s what I think is most fascinating about photography and why I love it.
I now feel that photography is too direct, there are less artificial traces of this characteristic, and for art, the most important thing is the artist’s subjective traces. If given the chance to choose again, I would definitely choose literature, painting or music instead of photography.

Q — What is the worst thing about city life?
A — Perhaps the worst thing about living in a modern city is the shopping mall. On the surface, everything is dressed up in splendor, but in fact, it is hypocritical and boring. The other worst thing is that in modern cities you hardly see funerals. When I was a kid, when people died, you had to have a funeral in front of your house for three days and three nights, and now the funeral is in the funeral home, you don’t see the funeral in your life, so people lose the concept of death.

Q — Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side.
A — One of the part-time jobs I would like to do now is a taxi driver so that I can meet all kinds of people every day. You can see them in the rearview mirror and guess their story. I think taxi drivers are the people who know a city best.

Hua Weicheng is a photographer based in Chongqing, China. Born in Shaoyang, Hua studied at Beijing Broadcasting Institute before receiving his M.A. at Communication University of China in 2007

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