Photos of Trash Heaps Made to Look Like Chinese Landscape Paintings


Take a quick look at Chinese photographer Yao Lu’s “New Landscapes” photos, and they may look to you like old Chinese paintings of misty mountains, green hills, and choppy brown rivers. Each one even bears a red seal stamp that artists use as signatures on finished works.

Look a little closer, however, and it becomes apparent that something isn’t quite right. “Those are some strange looking mountains, you think to yourself.” Well, they aren’t actually mountains, but rather mounds of garbage covered with green construction netting.

Yao arranges each scene shown in his large color photos, using the landfill materials to create various landscapes. He then photographs them, and adds in artificial elements (e.g. pagodas, waterfalls, trees, people) that make the scenes look more believable.

The images are a commentary on the state of China, its modernization, and its rampant pollution (which has been photographed quite a bit in recent days).







You can find more of Yao’s work over at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City.

New Landscapes by Yao Lu [Bruce Silverstein Gallery via Colossal]

Image credits: Photographs by Yao Lu, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

  • inbe4

    What a way to show your message. Brilliant.

  • Sid Ceaser

    Jesus, this is fan-freaking-tastic! Bravo!

  • romaj

    pretty cool, but i wonder what message theyre sending about china…

  • K. Michael Wilson

    Surplus value is beautiful! great work

  • friendofchina

    one likely message is loud and clear to me: this is what you get when you adopt capitalism!
    and the clever thing about these images is that they can be taken on diverse layers of meaning: includ., appositely, the sad fact that the converted can continue to focus on the beautiful sham to gloss over the hidden filth …

  • Jake Gin

    Yes because China doesn’t pollute ANYWHERE.

  • bob

    wow, very creative