Fu Junsheng, also known as the "Sea Scavenger", is a young artist who has been committed to marine ecological conservation for many years.
Fu Junsheng’s creative themes are centered on marine ecology. He paints, photographs, collects and organizes floating objects found on the beach and uses the island waste to make public art, creating designs around the theme of marine wildlife protection. One by one, objects abandoned by humans in nature are "reborn" and given a new meaning.
Back in 2020, Fu Junsheng initiated the establishment of a conceptual organization, the Marine Ecological Art Institute, to express his views on the relationship between people and the ocean through the display of natural landscape paintings, beach floatation installations, and public art. He hopes that more members of the public will participate in this endeavor and together help to protect marine ecosystems.
Intrigued by his work, we got in touch to offer him the chance to use a film camera for the very first time, to record his daily life on the island where he has been based for more than six years. Check out his results and learn more about his work in this interview!
Hello and welcome to Lomography Magazine! Firstly, why do you choose to spend your time island scavenging?
The collection and sorting of floating objects on the beach is a very important job, especially in the weather after the wind. I will go to different islands, different bays and pick up floating objects. when I had just come to the island the islanders said, this is called "scavenging". There are a lot of impressive floating objects.
The polar bear in the picture below was made from polystyrene foam collected by the sea, and the ice sheet was made from blue and white plastic and foam.
How was your first experience using a film camera?
Shooting underwater with a Lomography Simple Use Film Camera is a novel experience, and if the water is clear, you can shoot directly at the bottom of the sea.
The number of photos with a film camera is limited. For me, with each photo I need to be more careful. Most of the photos I took were taken at noon one day. I went to a closed scenic spot near the sea. It has been closed for two or three years now, with only local elderly people fishing and some abandoned man-made facilities. The beach, which was filled with floating debris, was later cleaned up.
For one of the photos, I picked up a lot of shoes at the seaside and put them on a nearby reef. There were a lot of seagulls on a large reef not far away, and the camera also captured the moment when one of them flew.
After seeing the photos, I found that many of them were overexposed, but film is the art of regret. Film is suitable for creators who have a preference for the texture of photographs.
What has influenced you most in your creative journey?
There are a lot of people and things that have influenced me. Professionally, for example, the practice and sorting of Western modernism in school and "Zhouyi Interpretation" inspired me to understand the essence of traditional Chinese culture.
Of course the sea has influenced me the most. For more than 10 years, although in different places, as long as i'm at the seaside I can be healed and get energy.
Thank you to Fu Junsheng for sharing his work, and his first experience of shooting with a film camera. You can keep up with his work on his Red account.
With his unique approach to his art, Fu Junsheng inspires new possibilities for individual action on environmental conservation. Protecting our oceans has never been so crucial.