Gao Fei: A Close-up Shot of Wuhan
Before coming to Wuhan, Gao Fei, Russian name Денис Ким, worked as a web designer and maintenance staff in Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service. Going to and from work every day, he had lived a regular, stable life for 17 years. “Time flies, never to be recalled. Yet my dream would still be a dream without me getting any closer if I did not take some action. So I made the decision to go to China to fulfill my childhood dream,” This decision was made when Gao Fei was 38.
Gao Fei’s father is Korean and his mother is Ukrainian. Both of them are pediatricians. Ever since he was a tiny tot on his father’s lap, Gao has been extremely interested in China. Back then, his father bought a lot of Chinese DVDs including kung fu films and other Chinese classics. Movie stars like Jackie Chan, Gong Li, and Zhang Yimou were familiar names to him. Gao Fei was attracted by the exquisite scenes of natural scenic beauty, the ethereal grace of Chinese style architecture, and the Chinese lifestyle portrayed in those Chinese films. What’s more, in Vladivostok, many Chinese commodities were sold, including vacuum cups, lanterns, colored pencils, ping pong paddles, and “DaDa” chewing gum. These goods set off Gao Fei’s imagination and sparked the fires of his intense curiosity about China.
来武汉之前，高飞，俄语名Денис Ким，是符拉迪沃斯托克国立经济服务大学的网络设计和维护人员，每天上班、下班，生活很平稳，一晃就过了17 年。“时间在流逝，但梦想仍然还只是梦想，所以我决定到中国去。”高飞做这个决定时，已经38 岁。
Gao Fei is aesthetically gifted. The funny thing is, the uniquely beautiful wavy rooftop he once saw in an online photo was what attracted him to the city of Wuhan; he wanted to see it in person. Not much information about Wuhan was available to him online in Russia. When he first arrived, Gao Fei was excited and nervous, with butterflies in his stomach. Since he was deficient, not only in Chinese, but also in English, he fretted the real possibility of a major language barrier— a worry also shared by his family.
Gao Fei is keen on photography, especially fond of documenting modern, international metropolises. As long as he is able, Gao Fei will strap his SLR camera around his neck and tour the city of Wuhan snapping away to his heart’s content. He often takes at least 200 shots in a clip, and more than 1,000 on a good weekend. In Gao Fei’s view, Wuhan is a dynamic and modernized city with skyscrapers sprouting up day by day. He is a big fan of tall buildings and likes to stand on skyscrapers snapping panorama shots of Wuhan. This is also the reason why he named himself Gao Fei, which means “flying high” in Chinese.
In the past few years, Gao Fei has witnessed the rapid metamorphosis of Wuhan that is taking place every day. New buildings, bridges, subways, and airports have been constructed and completed. Living in this ever-changing city, Gao Fei often gets lost and needs to ask for help from the friendly locals.
With more and more photographs and videos taken, Gao Fei established a Russian website, aiming to introduce the city of Wuhan to the Russians. Sometimes, he also posts these photos and videos to Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Viewed through the astute eye of Gao Fei’s camera lens, the beautiful and graceful panoramas of Wuhan are wide-open and ready for the world to lay their eyes on.
高飞喜欢摄影，现代的国际化大都市给了高飞施展的空间。一有空，他就背上相机，四处拍照，每次起码要拍 200 张，周末甚至会超过 1000 张。他觉得武汉很大，高楼林立，很现代化，符拉迪沃斯托 克最高的楼也只有 20 层。他喜欢高楼，喜欢站在高楼上俯瞰武汉之美。他给自己取名高飞，就是喜欢站在高处，体验飞鸟的视角。
随着照片和视频越来越多，高飞建立了一个俄语网站，想让更多 的俄罗斯人了解武汉这座城市。有时候，他也会把这些照片和视频发到 Facebook、Instagram、Youtube 上。武汉的美，在他的镜头下尽展风姿。
Photo of Han Street by Gao Fei 高飞镜头下的汉街
Gao Fei 高飞
Qintai Grand Theatre by the Moon Lake (Photo: Gao Fei) 月湖之畔的琴台大剧院（高飞/ 摄）
Photo of Zhuyeshan Overpass by Gao Fei 高飞镜头下的竹叶山立交桥