Ren Zhao is a freelance photographer and graphic designer based in London and Shanghai. He worked as designer in Ogilvy Shanghai for one year before studying photography, thus he takes photography as another way of design.
Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? All the things begin from the moment when I was sitting on my bed and thinking about the three philosophy questions. This personal project faces to the complexity of identity and tries to make an answer through photography. It aims to conceal and reveal the identity through the destruction and the reconstruction of the portraiture with fragmental materials collected from my life experience.
The red beans covering my face indicate a sense of homesickness because it is from the tears of a wife who was missing her husband in a traditional Chinese tale. The dead leaves and flowers was a gift from my ex who has no contact with me now. The hair is from my hair cutting and the film fragments was rubbish in my bin… Everything is a clue to the identity behind it.