Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Lu Yuanmin's Shanghailanders
The photos in this series, as with most of Lu Yuanmin's work, deal with city culture in a very personal manner, as the subjects and the immediate vicinity provide glimpses of the greater “city's” impact on the lives of those who create it. Perhaps a first and last name can be attached to each photo, but taken as a series, the effect of a greater power, a globalized consumerism, shines through each and every citizen. Inane objects like jewerly and household standards like mirrors reveal vanity and the superficiality of city life. Lu's photos work accurately in depicting 'city life', for he manipulates nothing, yet captures the manipulation of a global force that is impossible to interpret through traditional images of mega-skyscrapers and fields of cranes.