After growing up in China, photographer Wenxin Zhang moved to San Francisco. She creates non-linear photographic novels in which she questions her own identity and personal relationships. Her series Beast by the Waterfall Guesthouse explores the estrangement between childhood and adulthood, as well as lost and rediscovered desire.
The series is non-linear and the narrative open to interpretation. The seemingly unconnected images all evoke some sort of deep and tense feeling and with the close-ups of animals, landscapes and persons, Zhang blurs the worlds of man and beast. Juxtaposing a dead seahorse with a living horse and frozen landscapes with deep blue waters and lush green forests, the series leaves us with a sense of the passing of time, and the changing of desires that goes with it.