British photographer Adrian Fisk presents his iSpeak China series, for which he traveled some 12,500 kilometers through China to complete, photographing young Chinese people aged 16 to 30 years along the way. In these photos, the subjects were handed a card and told to write “whatever they wanted to.” We’ve featured several of the more intriguing and revealing confessions below:
“In the eyes of adults, I am a very bad person in society. But the truth is, I am a very obedient person.” - Chow Liang, Gansu, 17 years old, hair stylist student on way to see father who works in another province.
“After watching television, I have many ideas, but am unable to realize them.” - Luo Zheng Chui, Yunnan, 30 years old, farmer.
“People care more about money than the past.” - Su Dong Ping, Guangdong, 22 years old, works in a tea shop.
“I want to save people's lives.” - Heng She Dong, Qinghai, 16 years old, junior high school student.
“I don’t want children!” - Wong Jing Yi, Hong Kong, 30 years old, works in a sex toys shop.
"Do not judge China from the media, because the real China is not on the papers." - Lim, Beijing, 22 years old, political science student.
(Illiterate) “When I came to the big city, I felt like I didn’t know anything.” - Yang Long Long, Gansu, 30 years old, farmer.
The end result makes up a fascinating collage of my generation across economic and social classes, hometowns, and occupations. Their collected thoughts often hint at the many rich stories waiting to be told and dreams to be realized. Whether that will happen, is something I have less faith in.
See more of the series on Adrian Fisk’s personal website. And as always, chinaSMACK has also rounded up and translated some responses to Fisk’s work from around the Chinese web community.
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