Boway Young

Boway is a photographer lives in London. He is born and raised in a traditional Chinese Christian Family in Hangzhou, a southern city in China. He graduated from Beijing Film Academy and is trying to further his theoretical study recently. Boway’s practice talks about nostalgia, fantasy of childhood, self-identification, Oedipus complex, and documenting the contemporary Chinese LGBT community. Through constructing a story blurring the conception of fiction and non-fiction, Boway attempts to penetrate into a deep layer of those young queers’ psychic world by producing projection or even staged scenes in his photographs.

Soft Thorn

Soft Thorn (2013 – current), with the initial intention to record a journey of nostalgia after the departure from my home, contains candid and staged portraits as well as moments in the backdrop of my hometown. Inspired by Robbe-Grillet’s Voyeur, which described the whole fiction in another subtle view instead of the subjective view, it occurred to me I could accomplish a description of myself through those directed portraits. As those models are mainly my close queer friends and Christian relatives, I am prone to perform my sentiments and sorrows so as to capture myself in those portraits of people I shared intimate relationships with. A Dream in Red Mansion, a traditional Chinese fiction, also impressed me with its fabulous depiction of dreams mixed with bittersweet stories which provided me with ideas to structure my dream world. I anticipate that viewers may finally reach the deepest ideological layer where truth and fantasy are buried through my works.

To view more of Boway Young’s work please visit his website.


Photo Credit : Céline Clanet

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