Much of his work explores the relationship between humans and nature, told through a series of photographs that tells a narrative much like a cinematic storyboard. “If the audience can find their own shadow in my photos, then I will be happy. If they see that they are angry or that provokes them, it might just be a metaphor that I wanted the audience to think about,” Lie Wei says. One of his projects explores what he felt was a delicate yet underexplored subject that people around him experience. “I have a project to shoot the body and sex life of the young people in China. This topic has always been very sensitive in China, but everyone actually has contact with it.”
“Recently, I have learned a lot. The deepest feeling is that everything is not as direct as people think. The world is not only black and white. There are many things that we can see without eyes, so we need to feel with our own heart,” he says. One personal project, Memorial Walk, marks the death of his grandmother as he embarks on a walk in her memory. “I used my photography to express the story about the time I spent with my grandmother when I was a child and the feeling of sending her to the hospital for injection and medicine every week at that time. I think life is really short. It is very important to cherish everyone around you, and photography is the best means of commemoration.”
Lie Wei currently runs a vintage shop in Ningbo and plans to experiment with music and fashion in the future. Though photography is not his only outlet, he mentions a project that he plans to shoot until he dies, titled The Best of Time. “It contains the young Chinese I have been shooting. I look forward to their feeling of growing up with me. I usually shoot at will. I like to play in the most natural state. I carry my camera with me to capture those wonderful moments,” he says. “Most of my shots have a general picture feeling in my head. I will predict the next picture in advance, and then prepare to enter the state with the camera in advance,” he concludes.