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China Diary: Fergus Coyle. A Walk Through Wuhan.

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China Diary: A medium format photo essay from Fergus Coyle. Pastel washed street scenes play out in Wuhan on glorious dynamic 6×8 film.

Photography by Fergus Coyle

I visited China in late 2017, staying predominantly in Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Hubei. It was an eye-opening experience, delving into both longstanding rich traditions and an inescapable influence from the west. I consider this China Diary to be a fact-finding mission, merely scratching the surface of many new and interesting stories which I look forward to further exploring on my return soon.

Fergus CoyleStood by Yangtze. © Fergus Coyle

Gobe:

In your words, please tell us how you make a living?

Fergus:

I shoot a mixture of commercial, editorial and personal projects.

Gobe:

What is it about making photographs that you love the most?

Fergus:

Uncovering interesting stories.

Fergus CoyleBird Kite Man. © Fergus Coyle

Gobe:

Favourite gear set you’re using at the moment?

Fergus:

Besides the usual digital kit, for most editorial and projects I use a pair of Fuji Medium Format cameras – a GW680III and GX680IIIs. It’s a love/hate relationship, love the lightweight portable GW rangefinder, perfect for travel and shot all my China work on it. The GX680 matches the 6×8 format and use it for portraits mostly but it’s an unwieldy beast that eats batteries for breakfast!

Fergus CoyleCos Play. © Fergus Coyle

Gobe:

Name some inspirations, photographers or otherwise.

Fergus:

Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Spencer Murphy, Dan Wilton, Cathy Hyland. Some great photography coming out of China by the likes of Zhang Kechun, Yan Wang Preston, Yan Ming, Xiaoxiao Xu’s Aeronautics in the backyard is a favourite. I’m also into endurance cycling which allows for some good meditative thought time!

Gobe:

What is the most unique and interesting situation photography has landed you in, so far?

Fergus:

Some of my most memorable experiences have come from bike touring. Whilst cycling across North America in 2015, we met a bunch of cowboys in a bar in Nevada who took us to their camp in the desert. Through this encounter, I was able to shoot one of my best portraits.

Gobe:

If you couldn’t be a photographer, what would you be?

Fergus:

A bike mechanic

Fergus CoyleBen Ben. © Fergus Coyle
Fergus CoyleBike Pile. © Fergus Coyle
Fergus CoyleGirls Phones Yangtze. © Fergus Coyle
Fergus CoyleGreenland Centre. © Fergus Coyle
Fergus CoyleHankou Bund. © Fergus Coyle

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