Tim Gao‘s photographs from ‘Invisible Theatre’ takes us onto the streets of Shanghai, reveal his emotional attachment to this metropolis, give us a unique look into the lives of its inhabitants and the streets on which they walk.
Influenced by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Diane Arbus, Josef Koudelka, Mark Riboud, Takuma Nakahira and Issei Suda, among others, Gao uses analogue film rather than digital cameras, a medium that allows him to express himself and his relationship to the city. This use of film and darkroom processes give him time to shape his pictures; light and dark, movement and stillness, each image exploring the drama of the everyday, the invisible theatre that goes on everywhere around us, in the minutiae of the everyday. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
I have lived in Shanghai for over 9 years and I explore Shanghai, where urban city and residential lanes are hidden and unknown to me and impact my emotional attachment to the city. 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, unease and nostalgia.