Qingjian Meng: Gold Rush

Qingjian Meng: Gold Rush
International Photography Grant 2019

Qingjian Meng began his photography career working along side top fashion photographers in NYC in editorial and fine art shoots for international publications and gallery exhibits. Meng worked as a studio manager in NYC and emerged himself in the technical nuances of the latest photography equipment. Currently working and shooting in Los Angeles, Meng specializes in fashion and editorial portraiture. His visual aesthetic is both whimsical and glamorous with detailed execution of technical and cutting edge lighting aesthetics.

Artist statement: In this series of portraits, “ Gold Rush”, viewers explore the coexistence of two different eras. By creating 19th century characters posing with 21st century technology, these portraits create a dialogue between generations. It anachronistically reveals how cyclical economic and innovative tides can be. Through these portraits, I explore the relationships between innovation and necessity, economic drive and cultural values. No matter what time or place we have come from, the human spirit will always strive to create something new. while building on the foundation of our predecessors.

Website: qingjianmeng.com

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

Gold Rush © Qingjian Meng

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International Photography Grant 2019