Woman Crush Wednesday: Qingping Zang
Interview by Akshit Bhardwaj
I think this project is very interesting and mysterious. Could you tell me more about your thoughts you had while working on this project?
"I’ve always been a fan of the dark and mysterious stuff. I believe that even dark themes can be beautiful. This project is a proof of that thought."
How did you come up with this project? What is your inspiration for this project?
"This project is inspired by Joel-Peter Witkin. I’ve always been a fan of his works. I think that his works has a strange but attractive aesthetic feeling. I wanted to create something that is likewise but easier for the viewers to accept. That’s my original intention for this project."
You have the beautiful darkroom photographs of this series. I am curious why every image has the differently organic borders?
"I’ve been through lots of struggles during the creation. At first they were just white borders, but I felt something were missing. Then, I went back and looked at Joel-Peter Witkin’s works again and found those scratches and stains. I thought why not try to add them to my images. After adding borders and scratches with my first photo, I felt the changes of it and liked that very much. But as each process was unique and came with a flash across my head, I couldn’t and would not want to repeat them. That’s why every image has a different border."
What is the significance of the hands in the photographs?
"I always like to observe people’s hands. I think that they can tell a person’s life or personalities silently. The hands in this project were paired with different items to show a different aspect of them. I want the viewers to imagine the different lifestyle of the owners while looking at these different hands."
Describe your creative process in one word.
If you could teach one, the one-hour class on anything what would it be?
Stop thinking that your imagination is crazy.
What is the last book you read or film you saw that inspired you?
What is the most played song in your music library?
“Lullaby Variation”—— Crimson Peak OST.
How do you take your coffee?
Mostly ice Latte, sometimes black if it’s gonna be a tough day.