Jialuo Wu is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is his winning entry and his artist’s statement. View his profile to learn more about him and to see more of his great work.

“As Shadows” explores how individual identity is shaped by relationships, in this case, by marriage. In this intimate work, a husband views his new wife to understand her more deeply. In the process he simultaneously contemplates his own attitudes and actions as a man in a new role. Deploying various narrative genres, numerous issues of the gaze, the Other as well as male/female transactions all come into play.

Adding another layer to the exploration are cross-cultural dynamics. Both husband and wife are Chinese living in the West for the first time. They experience constant collisions between their belief systems and their behavior. The title of this work reflects this difference. In Chinese, the notion of shadows in a relationship can signify fulfillment of the other, constant presence and support, and undying love.

—Jialuo Wu