Gang Wang

2023 Professional Architecture Photographer of the Year

Q: Can you briefly tell us about your background and what inspired you to pursue photography?
I am a photographer from China. I usually work in architectural photography and landscape photography. I have been engaged in the photography industry for 7 years. I have gradually transformed from a photography enthusiast to a professional photographer. Using photography to express my understanding and attitude towards affairs has become my life. I really like to capture the interplay of light and shadow moments through camera photography. I also like to use unique perspectives to create photography.

Q: What drove you to submit your work to the IPA competition and your thoughts on how winning this competition impacted your artistic journey?
IPA is a very professional and top-level international photography competition. It is a platform that provides photography professionals and all photography enthusiasts with exhibition opportunities. Being able to compete with artists from all over the world and see their works can improve my photography aesthetics and creative ability.
It is an honor to win an award among so many excellent works and to be the Best Photographer of the Year. It is a huge recognition for me and gives me more creative motivation.

Q: Could you describe any challenges you faced while capturing this moment (winning image/s)?
For the photo “Ships on Land”, I had already thought about how to compose the photo in the early stage of shooting. I wanted to highlight the hull among the tall buildings through the perspective of an asteroid.

Q: What, in your opinion, are the most important factors in creating great images?
I think it is the composition and picture design of the scene to be photographed in the early stage. During the shooting process, I constantly make all-round adjustments to the subject according to the pre-designed picture, and then create in the later stage to achieve my expected effect.

Q: What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of photography?
I think the biggest challenge is probably inspiration. When I am tired, I often encounter creative bottlenecks and have no inspiration for shooting. So at this time, I will put down the camera and appreciate the works of other photographers to increase my inspiration. When the inspiration comes back, , and continue shooting.

Q: What motivates and drives your photography?
I like to discover beauty in different things, whether it is natural scenery or urban architecture, especially architectural photography, which can reflect the civilization and development of a city and interpret the charm of the city from different angles. And being a photographer is my profession and my lifelong hobby. Every day when the sun rises and the moon sets, I am engaged in photography-related work. In fact, photography is my whole life.

Q: What’s next for you in your career as a photographer?
I am currently preparing for a project that interprets architecture from different angles, including shooting through drones and cameras. I would like to shoot many amazing buildings in the world. I am in the early stage of composition design and look forward to the later shooting. able to meet my expectations.