Shanghai sidecar riders
Amongst the 24 million inhabitants of Shanghai, there are 250 registered sidecar riders.
These riders come from all sorts of social backgrounds and are scattered all over the city.
The sidecars themselves are mostly wartime motorbikes, which have been customised according to the riders’ personal taste, corresponding to a state of mind present in China today whereby individuals desire to differentiate themselves from the uniform system of the past.
I never altered the appearance of the protagonists that I photographed; their bikes, clothes and style are entirely their own.
The only element that I interfered with was the location in which I chose to photograph them.
Ultimately I wanted to create images which are at the same time portraits and landscapes, which are engrained in reality and in an imaginary.