Beijing-based photographer Jiwei Han has become all too familiar with rejection. His most recent project, ‘No’, is a compilation of angry and unwilling subjects.
The defensive responses he’s managed to capture – a raised hand or a frown – are the direct result of Han’s admittedly aggressive approach.
Although he derives “an evil sense of satisfaction” from successfully capturing a subject, the aggression needed doesn’t come naturally. He says “normally I am a gentle person and ask whether it’s okay before taking any pictures. I’m not usually so rude.”
But in the past few years, Han says that the “ruthless denial” he’s received from members of the public when requesting permission has inspired the massive shift in his approach.
This photo story was in part guided by the words of Susan Sontag: “To photograph people is to violate them. Possession of a camera does not license intrusion, as it does in this society whether people like it or not.”
Via Feature Shoot