Alongside publishing independent photobooks as the co-founder of Same Paper studio, Yuan Xiaopeng spends time photographing street scenes of Shanghai. Captured with portrait orientation, the images gather a sense of the city’s multiple identities, channelled through the photographer’s keen eye for chance encounters with light and composition. The series presents views of Shanghai that may otherwise have slipped unnoticed, with Yuan Xiaopeng often pointing his lens in the direction of street corners, cracks in the surfaces and close-ups that render their subjects (at first) unrecognisable. As a viewer becomes familiar with Yuan Xiaopeng’s work, it can be discovered to arise with an interest in the subtly surreal or uncanny, hidden in plain sight of everyday Shanghai life.
All images © Yuan Xiaopeng