“I love to use my camera to capture the freedom, reality and creativity of youth nowadays,” Beijing creative Wang Wei tells Hunger Magazine in an interview about the breadth of his work. It’s also a sentiment that seems to good to be true; a desire that most claim when taking up a creative direction in today’s professional landscape—one that is already over-flooded with likeminded “creative” pursuers. But while many complain about the notion of oversaturation within this sphere (or any sphere for that matter), it’s easy to overlook the fact that this superfluous amount of “creatives” is actually aiding in filtering out the ones that truly matter. Wang Wei is one creative that easily stands out.
“Beijing has this unique culture and nowhere else has. Plus the delicious food.”
His work at first glance is incredibly vibrant—an eye-catching aspect that rings true throughout his body of work. Upon further reveling, and you find yourself drawn to the context of the images before you; a mix of youth-filled scenes, from love and lust to nonchalant tomfoolery, Wei’s work depicts the very essence of freedom, reality and creativity of today’s youth—the very aspects the young talent claimed he’d capture, and capture he did. But while youth and young personhood can be found in a beautiful array of cultural and subcultural entities the world over, Wei’s archives document that of China, a country entrenched in communistic tradition, which is perhaps the cause of its intense spurring of creativity. “Beijing has this unique culture and nowhere else has. Plus the delicious food,” Wang tells of his home town. And from personal experience, he’s right on the money with that food comment.
As for his choice of format, Wei prefers the uncertainty and imperfectness of film, specifically 35MM for aesthetics, which can be seen as a metaphor for the nature of youth in general. While we definitely enjoy the work of Wang Wei, it looks like we’re not alone, as the photographer has landed gigs with the likes of Dazed Magazine, LA fashion brand Unif, and we’re sure that’s just the start of things. Check out a few selects of Wan Wei’s work throughout, and make sure you follow him on Instagram here.