Who says that sleeping cannot be creative? A German photographer focused on Chinese people sleeping on the street for the six years he was in China, shooting over 750 photos in all. His photos attracted both media and netizen attentions. This photographer, known only as Bernd, said he hoped that people will not misunderstand him and explained that these photos are not to humiliate anyone, but rather to show Chinese culture in another perspective.
Here are some photos from Bernd’s website, www.sleepingchinese.com. Bernd told the reporter:
“I discovered that people can go to sleep at anywhere(in China); it is very rare in other countries. Since I shot the first photo of a bed-maker sleeping, I have begun shooting more photos of people sleeping in different places. My friend even don’t say ‘Hi’ when they call me; they ask, ‘do you have new photos?’ instead.”
To our surprise, the usually fenqing (“patriotic”) netizens did not find fault with his photos of sleeping Chinese. Rather, they liked how a foreigner took a unique perspective to discover China: