Los Angeles-based photographer Qingjian Meng has launched an intriguing project called Gold Rush that provides anachronistic portraits of 19th-century people using and interacting with modern technologies—including a tablet, Apple watch, e-cigarette, a Bluetooth headset, and even a drone.
Meng shares that the intent of the series is to “explore the coexistence of two different eras. By creating 19th century characters posing with 21st century technology, these portraits create a dialogue between generations. It anachronistically reveals how cyclical economic and innovative tides can be… No matter what time or place we have come from, the human spirit will always strive to create something new, while building on the foundation of our predecessors.”
Meng’s career in photography began in NYC’s fashion industry, working for editorial and fine art shoots for international publications and gallery exhibits, and immersing himself in the latest photography equipment. These influences are evident in Gold Rush as well as across his entire portfolio of work. Meng continues to specialize in fashion and editorial portraiture, incorporating whimsy and glamor with his expertise in technical lighting aesthetics.