It took photographer Zhang Qianli 6 a long time to prepare for his first solo display “Not on the Street” at the M50 Art Park. Featuring about 50 black-and-white giclée prints themed about every day lifestyle, Zhang suggests he wants the exhibition to give viewers a sense of growth about the passage of time.
“I have been using photos of the tree in entrance of the window of my Toronto property on snowy evenings when all the leaves have fallen each winter season for the previous six yrs,” claimed Zhang, 43. “The trunks of the tree grow thicker each 12 months.”
A former photojournalist with Hangzhou Every day, Zhang included social news in Hangzhou, the cash of Zhejiang Province.
He also labored as editor in main of dpnet.com.cn, a expert site based mostly in Shanghai concentrating on digital photography, which gives solutions this kind of as digital camera and accessory reviews, on-line printing, as effectively as a monthly electronic journal DPWorld.
Courtesy of GP Art Gallery
In 2005, Zhang acquired a likelihood to check out Countrywide Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, DC, right after successful a prize in the yearly Travel Pictures Contest for a avenue image taken in Greece titled “The Aged Male and the Sea.”
“It was lifestyle-altering. I achieved the editorial group of Countrywide Geographic Traveler and talked with outstanding purchasers and brokers about pictures, which was so a great deal more worthwhile than material rewards,” he said.
“It also helped create my self confidence and inspired me to go on discovering.”
Prepared to embrace a new journey, he became a freelance photographer and gained a varied array of practical experience on deal jobs at picture organizations these types of as Getty Visuals and National Geographic Traveler, as effectively as digital camera suppliers like Sony, Ricoh and Hasselblad.
Starting in 2015, Zhang made a journey movie method “Further than the Picture” on video clip-sharing platform Youku, and opened a WeChat account “lefthandplus” to provide on the internet images lessons. He has 3 million followers.
He also released three books on photography: “The Guide for Travel Photographer,” “The Manual for Travel Photographer II” and “The Aesthetics of Photographic Composition” – the hottest which was released in 2020.
“I prefer to go to nations around the world with wealthy traditions and cultural heritages, this kind of as Cuba, Mexico and Israel,” Zhang mentioned.
“The farthest spot I have been is Svalbard Archipelago (Norway) at 78 levels north latitude, which is typically uninhabited. The toughest venture was in Canada in 2015. We invested two-and-a-50 percent months on the road, from the Good Lakes to the Rockies, and eventually ended up sleeping rough by the French-talking coastline in the southeast.”
“Along the way we experienced to confront all types of complications,” he added.
“The weather was bad, but we managed to get the suitable shots additionally 15 online video episodes finished. The most important get from that excursion was to keep tranquil and continue to keep an open intellect for any adjustments. That is how we cope with life’s ups and downs.”
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Having invested most of his time as a travel photographer on the road, Zhang’s everyday get the job done will involve a large amount of traveling from location to put. Wherever there is a occupation, he packs up and goes.
Functions for “Not on the Highway” are people off-the-position moments he spent with many others.
“All those are meaningful times to me. Having photographs of myself, people, our living areas, the place I can be correct to lifestyle and loyal to myself. It offers me privacy, peace and enjoyment,” claimed Zhang, who now life in Shanghai and Toronto.
Dates: By means of September 18, 1-5pm
Venue: CMYK Art House
Address: Place 212, Bldg 4, 50 Moganshan Street