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Invisible Theatre

Street photography is not just a sharp triggering of the shutter to shape the outside world in the form of light and shadow. It is simultaneously a curious observation and emotional perception of what’s happening in the ordinary streets at any moment when unpredictable dramas and realities are actually taking place.

© Tim Gao from the series "Invisible Theatre"

© Tim Gao from the series “Invisible Theatre”

As for Shanghai, I have lived here for over 9 years. I always try to explore the urban city and residential lanes that are hidden and unknown to me, and contemplate my emotional attachment to the city.

 

© Tim Gao from the series "Invisible Theatre"

© Tim Gao from the series “Invisible Theatre”

© Tim Gao from the series "Invisible Theatre"

© Tim Gao from the series “Invisible Theatre”

 

Street photography not only enables me to create a documentary view of the unique Shanghai street and the culture behind it, but also reveals the extraordinary and metaphorical aspect of Shanghai ¨an  invisible theatre¯ of mystery, drama and nostalgia.

 

© Tim Gao from the series "Invisible Theatre"

© Tim Gao from the series “Invisible Theatre”

 

Sometimes I had a feeling that what drew me to taking photographs was a mood of nostalgia. When I was walking the streets I tried to capture the ephemeral and dramatic realities and reconstruct them into a new and multilayered world, the paradise of my lost memories.

 

© Tim Gao from the series "Invisible Theatre"

© Tim Gao from the series “Invisible Theatre”

 

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