Luo Yang's Photographs of Chinese Women Reveal the Duality of Fragility and Inner Strength

August 23, 2017

A rising star of contemporary Chinese photography, Beijing-based Luo Yang's ongoing project Girls has involved her shooting the girls around her in an attempt "to grasp some sense of understanding of their lives." The images included in the series "charter a period of personal development," says Yang, "with reflections between myself and other girls around me apparent in each shot."

"Whilst I was growing up, in order relieve myself of loneliness, I tried to find a sense of comfort through the stillness of the photographic image. These images are both private and non-private. Girls is weak and fragile but also persistent and decisive, as the subjects depicted continue to face the tough process of inner growth in a reality ground in friction, full of hope and latent crisis. This duality of fragility and inner strength is a key component to the photographs, where the girls staging is cast into friction with their inner resistence and awkwardness towards being made a subject of. Their own portrayal, after all, is out of their own control, and yet I feel that in this very situation, there is a glimpse of real truth and beauty. Their world is one which is subject to the weight of age and, as the girls lives become intwined with their surrounding society, they find themselves rooted and engulfed within an ever advancing state of uncontrollable perceptions. I hope that these fragments of lives depicted within my photographs will find a life less tainted within this world, and that therein the girl's impending immersion into the struggles of adulthood will remain suspended."