Shxpir's Globe - the Chinese End
Happy New Year! Chinese New Year, that is, though Lunar New Year is a more Chinese way of calling it. Starting today and ending with the Lantern Festival on the 14th - conveniently falling on Valentine’s Day should you wish to boycott that - the Chinese are going on a two week festive spree to celebrate. Though we don’t have a two week holiday ahead of us, we are all making plans to have dinner in Soho this evening, and while making those plans, we’ve been indulging in all things Chinese today. No, that does not mean we’ve ordered boyfriends off eBay, or the Chinese equivalent of it, but it does mean we’ve spent a significant amount of time looking at the portfolio of a photographed called Shxpir, pronounced like Shakespeare. It’s a name his friend suggested and since apparently in Chinese - Shaanxi accent specifically - ‘what is pussy?’ sounds a lot like that, it was a done deal. Naturally. Shxpir left his hometown Kunming in Southwest China in 2009, now splitting his time between Shanghai, New York and Sydney. He borders somewhere between cocky and confident - in a 2011 interview with Dazed, he says he’s the best photographer in China. You know, the country with a population of 1.35 billion. - and admits people could easily mistake his directness for being an asshole. His words, not ours! This all translates well to his photography though - it’s clever, bright and certainly at least a little tongue-in-cheek. His agent also says his combined fine arts and modern dance background gives him a strong vision when it comes to colour, composition and movement on the models, and by the looks of it we must agree. He shot the editorial for the February edition of Harper’s Bazaar to celebrate the new year and we are in awe. The images are stunning and here for your viewing pleasure.
More of Shxpir’s work on his website
, do have a look.