Born in 1980 in China’s Chongqing Municipality, Wang Yuanling received a degree in Chinese Language and Literature before beginning to work as a photographer. He lives and works in the city he grew up in, the subject of his images, which have been exhibited and recognized around China.
5 questions for Wang Yuanling
What is the one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning?
To start shooting in an unfamiliar place is the most exciting thing for me.
What would be your perfect day?
A perfect day to me could be any combination of two of the following: shooting a perfect picture, reading a nice book, finding the answer to a haunting question, being inspired by someone, meeting a long-missing friend, or receiving a paycheck.
What is the longest trip you ever took to make a photo?
As a photographer instead of a traveler, the trip itself is not of my concern. All I care is the possibility of capturing an excellent shot during the journey. As to the length of a trip, it’s mainly determined by the opportunity and the budget.
What was the hardest image you ever had to make?
I’d say none of them. Making a photo is only a momentary thing to me. The hardest thing is always to understand what you want to express through the image.
What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?
The best part about being a photographer is shooting with friends who share my values.