Zilan (Sandy) Fan was born and grew up in the Chinese city of Suzhou. A recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography program, he now works as a freelance editorial and advertising photographer in New York City. Fan specializes in documenting the performing arts, but has also done extensive work in the fashion industry, shooting for designers and covering New York Fashion Week for television and magazines. His fine-art work, most recently an extensive series based on a character from the Beijing Opera, has been exhibited in galleries in New York and Europe.
This photographic project is a depiction of a Chinese Beijing opera character’s journey between imagination and reality. I took photos of the character traveling around New York. The project starts up with creating oil painting, which the character comes out of to the real world at the beginning of the story. Later photographs will be of scenes of him taken in different locations and situations. All photos will show how the character exists between imagination and reality. In addition, I also made the project to depict my interest in social issues from politics, violence and sexuality.