For more than four decades, Wang Wusheng has been captivated by the beauty of Mount Huangshan, also known as the Yellow Mountains. Located in the southern part of the Anhui province in northern China, Mount Huangshan has often been described as the world’s most beautiful and enchanting mountain.
Over the centuries this mountain with its seventy-two peaks has been the subject of Chinese landscape painters, whose singular works are so haunting it seems impossible that these mountains exist in nature. In fascinating black-and-white photos, Wang explores one of China’s most beautiful landscapes.
The photographer has been working in the Huangshan Mountains, also called Yellow Mountain, in the south Chinese province for decades. This mountain range has inspired many artists due to its impressive landscape with peaks of 1000 to 2000 meters, streams, hot springs, waterfalls, grottoes, bizarrely shaped rocks, pine forests and breathtaking mist and cloud scenes.
When he climbed the mountain for the first time in 1974, he felt a strong feeling that he described as the following: “Far from earth, yet at the heart of the universe. My mind had never been so wide open before. For five to six hours I stayed on the mountain, forgetting all my troubles. In the silence, there was a kind of sound. That is the source of my inspiration.”
Wang is not concerned with depicting nature in its real appearance. Rather, he wants to understand nature as a landscape of his inner images and feelings. Wang’s originality is to express the soul and Far Eastern aesthetics inherent in his landscapes through the use of photographs as a Western-born practice committed to realism.
Wang Wusheng was born in the city of Wuhu in China’s Anhui Province and graduated from Anhui University’s School of Physics. Beginning in 1973, Wusheng worked as a photographer for a news magazine in Anhui Province. He studied at the Art Institute of Nihon University in Japan beginning in 1983 and studied for three years at the Tokyo Arts University. Wusheng currently works as a fine art photographer in Tokyo.