Since the street scenes inadvertently thrilling us in everyday life can be easily forgotten, we need to record them with lens.
On the buses or subways to and from work, I would take photographs of fellow commuters I happen to meet. Dramas of life, the drama of small potatoes fighting in big metropolises, are performed in the narrow space every day. Buses and subways are places full of human touches; inside the small boxes, people’s emotions are unreservedly exposed to my lens. As one of the commuters, when I photograph them, in a sense I am also photographing myself. They are my reflections in the mirror.
These photos were photographed from 2014 and 2016. In the future, I will continue to record the stories on buses and subways in Beijing and compile them into a photograph diary.
Born in Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province in 1977, Zhang Kaiyu now lives in Beijing. By taking advantage of the commuting time, he persists in photographing what he sees on the streets with his mobile phone and keeps the records as a photograph diary. He was first introduced to photography in July, 2013, and began to do street photography with mobile phone from the end of 2013.
Based on the notion of photography for collection, Zhang usually photographs whatever appeals to him as he walks. He wants to aim the lens of his mobile phone at the ordinary people around him and uninterruptedly record street sights that are commonplace currently but may disappear in the future or even are disappearing right now. He also photographs street scenes typical of this era, captures those common or uncommon moments, and finally produces a photograph diary with time features.