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The Unbelievable and Impossible Photos of Li Wei

Inspiration, Resources | Nov 3, 2009

Li Wei, a contemporary artist from Beijing China, has been taking self portraits to new heights… literally!

His gravity defying photos have been mesmerizing the world, capturing impossible looking moments of apparent extreme danger.

You’ll find Wei hanging on in dangerous situations, or crashing head on into sidewalks and cars.

Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages and that he works with the help of props such as mirrors, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics. He then removes the wires and scaffolding with Photoshop to create these seemingly impossible photos.

“My artistic language is universal and deals with themes about contemporary politics and society using symbols understood by everyone in every part of the world. I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art…”

Here’s a collection of some of Wei’s most outstanding photos, in a unique combination of artistry and acrobatics that are sure to make you take a second look.



You can find more about Li Wei at his website: Liweiart.com

What do you think of this type of art? Feel free to share your comments below.


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  • http://designinformer.com Design Informer

    Woah! That’s crazy. Great post! These pictures are impressive. (Photoshop)

  • http://www.afsincelik.com Afsin

    These are impossible and I don’t believe :)

  • http://blog.gootum.com gootum

    WOW Impossible Photos

  • http://www.stevemullencreative.com Steve Mullen

    Awesome photos! Some Pretty funny stuff in there.

  • http://twitter.com/renjunkui Ren

    李伟, BeiJing Rock!!! Hope that you will shoot more of the outstanding works. Amazing photos.

    • Thomas

      Ren… Why hope for “more”? There is a huge amount in this compilation. It’s not about quantity, but quality.

  • http://shingonoide.barradev.com Rui Andrada

    Awesome photos, I can belive what I’ve seen, great artist!

  • gordon

    quite nice photoshop

  • http://BLOGitse.blogspot.co BLOGitse

    wow, these are great! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://tr.im/mewC Rahul – Web Guru

    OMG… how is this possible…

    • Luhar – normal guy

      @Rahul – Wow man you’re presenting yourself as Web Guru, but ask such a dumb question?

      (Indeed great work)

      • Bobby Adamson – Appreciator of Comedy

        LOL!

      • humaira

        luhar..i guess you are really very normal.
        i liked your comment about the web guy!!hehehe..:D

  • http://creativeoverflow.net Jacques//An1ken

    These Pictures are really great some made me laugh. Its Unbelievable.

  • http://www.squiders.com Web Design Kent

    Brilliant, witty and very very cool

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    wow ! This guys is realy awesome ! Thank you for these great peaks.

  • https://twitter.com/Lukelux Luke Lux

    It’s a great post, excellent work guys.
    Thanks to share it!

  • http://www.fantasybookbanner.com John G

    I’m very impressed. He’s definitely pushing the boundaries of creativity. It’s really inspiring.

  • http://www.webmasterdubai.com webmasterdubai

    really impressive and unbelievable pics, great work.

  • http://www.insidethewebb.com/ Inside the Webb

    Really cool stuff, never seen photography like this before…

  • http://www.iamkreative.co.uk/blog kevin

    Woo, how amazing is that, how is that done?

  • http://syntaxmonster.net John Hamelink

    That is very impressive, I have never seen anything like it before – a first for me. Very inspiring ;)

  • http://www.itolmach.com Ivan Tolmachev

    Wow.. Are they using those rail structures? or is it plain photoshop?

  • http://www.classesandcareers.com/ Teacher Teacher

    I can admire the talent of thinking it through and being able to execute these shots and photoshop the cables and such, but I confess that I don’t care for the finished product. A little too disturbing.

  • http://www.designfollow.com/ designfollow

    Woo, how amazing is that

  • http://www.doublejdesign.co.uk Jack

    Simply stunning! I guess this is because of great photo shooting tricks + PS skills.

  • http://claudiacarvalhodesign.blogspot.com Claudia

    Much creativity and amazing stunts!

  • http://www.sametomorrow.com/blog Adam

    I’ve seen his work before really good.

  • RoaldA

    Haha, crazy asians! :D Soo cool!

  • http://www.viadigita.com David S

    Very witty…but a few of these gave me a woozy, vertigo-type feeling.

    I guess that is proof of the effectiveness of some of these “high” shots.

    Thanks for the post!

  • http://www.ben-lang.com Ben Lang

    I just wanted to give you a shoutout. You are a remarkable blogger and a role model to me! Thanks so much!
    Sincerely,
    Ben Lang

  • http://www.agora-institute.com julien

    Very creative. amazing set.

  • http://www.borgetsolutions.com/web-solutions Siddharth Menon Web Portals

    lol this is amazing … really nice.

    Would like to know how he manage to fake some :D

  • joe

    beautiful!

  • http://www.orphicpixel.com Mars

    how he do that

  • http://www.banbangkok.com บ้านมือสอง

    some is so funny, thx

  • Marc

    For someone so creative, WTF is up with his fluffy steering wheel and seat covers ?!? (See red car).

    Marc

  • http://www.eficacy.com/ Kamal

    Amazing work!
    But the claim that these are not digitally edited compositions seems a bit too far fetched to believe! Great work nevertheless. I thoroughly enjoyed going through :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/dyls Dylan van der Heij

    Impressive photo collection. I love the fact that your playing with photography and imaginary ideas, really being creative!

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Incredible photo!! Fantastic man!! So terrible!..Amazing!

  • http://www.randon.de Andreas

    Really great pictures!!!
    Check out his Website for some Making Of Videos
    http://www.liweiart.com/english/works_video.htm

  • http://www.mushroomdigital.co.uk web design services stoke

    Excellent photo’s. Some seem possible, some just seem crazy! Brilliant!

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at wien

    lol, super photos

  • http://www.wallpaper.com Kay @ Wallpaper*

    Kamal – They ARE digitally edited compositions, it says it in the copy at the top of the story!

    And to anyone who would like to see how Li Wei actually works his magic you can watch a behind the scenes video of a shoot he did for Wallpaper* magazine (some of the shots from this spread have been used in the story above):

    http://www.wallpaper.com/video/fashion/made-in-china-fashion-shoot-behind-the-scenes-beijing/23810663001

  • http://www.tim-holmes-design.co.uk TimHolmesDesign

    Wow!!!! some really clever work here. Truly amazed at the quality.

    Cheers

  • http://www.gport.nl Gerben van Dijk

    Amazing shots, but i do not see how this could be done without retouching.

  • http://www.media-desktop.de Denis

    Wow, amazing!!!

  • http://rupensharma.blogspot.com Rupen Sharma

    Some are witty, while others just don’t trigger emotion in me. Nevertheless, the talent is apparently oozing…

  • http://vththu.blogspot.com VTHT

    this is amazing, who would ever think of these stunts
    i laughed the whole time :P

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    OMG you are awesome!

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    These are so unique! Superb ideas and execution! Thanks for sharing!

    My favourites were the flying ones, out of cars, in and out of buildings, and with people piled on top. Also loved the bow and arrow one, very funny =D

    And I’d just like to say a big thank you to WDD, I am always impressed by your posts. Keep them coming!

  • http://www.iconfinder.net Martin Leblanc

    Amazing creativity!

  • http://listoric.deviantart.com Listoric

    I knew some of them already, but that`s really a great collection. Stunning and inspiring. Easy concept and great execution. Just awesome!

  • http://evelt.com joel k.

    this is one amazing artist who redefined self portrait just wait and see how artist around the world push this style (and photoshop) farther and farther

    good post :) thanks

  • http://gabediaz.com Gabe Diaz

    Wow, these are very creative and amazing finished photos!

  • http://www.proniit.com/ Dalesh Kowlesar

    That was just awesome! Some of these pictures are just incredibly full of imagination!

  • http://www.alexkluge.de/blog/ Alex

    Really like the idea. Entertaining. Funny. Seriously Mad :P

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    great & creative.

  • http://sexidesign.com Melody

    The girl with the pony is so adorable! I would love to see the behind the scenes of one of these photo shoots come to life!

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    Very creative. Nice. ~ ML

  • http://Internet-Creatives.com Webmisstress Anne

    I love seeing what crazy inventions the mind of man can create. Who would even imagine some of those poses?

    Fabulous photos.

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    Pure awesomeness.

  • http://chitchatcorner.com/ Nancy

    Even though you explained how he does it, it is still unbelievable! Great!

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    He is presently featured in a Montreal Exibition: http://mouvementartpublic.wordpress.com/

  • txe9211

    they are so impressive and so funny.
    love them.

  • http://www.noonewebdesign.com kevin

    I like it, it is Great

  • http://www.icouple.sg/blog YILKA

    Love! So creative and funny pix :)

  • http://zacklive.com Zack

    Amazing, how did he do that?

  • Hastimal Shah

    It was amazing and funny also.

  • http://www.cyberdesignz.com web designing

    Hi these images are amazing and i must say that you did a great job and your images are amazing!
    Nice work mate and good going!

  • http://www.designbeep.com DesignBeep

    awesome..stunning..unbelievable

    Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.ishantechnologies.com James

    Its unbelievable.

    Simply great and creative work.

    Regards,
    James

  • http://devesigner.com Lamin Barrow

    WOOOA.. these are freaking awesome. I ‘m loving it

  • http://www.webdesign-gm.co.uk Oliver Web

    Amazing and impressive photos. He’s got a great imagination and some mad skills. Thanks for sharing these. Can’t wait to see more of these photos.

  • Eric Grint

    Awesome post! more than real :P

  • http://www.cromoart.de fksd

    crazy stuff. thanks a lot!

  • http://premiumthemeclub.com/ Premium Theme Club

    ha ha ha ha ha ha wow good photos,it’s really mood changing. fuuuuuunnnnnyyyyy

  • http://deviantpicz.blogspot.com Prongs

    cool stuff…. crazy imagination with brilliant talents…
    hatz off…..

  • http://www.isquaretechnologies.com Joomla Web Design

    Hehe.. that’s a great stuff. Crazy ones… thanks a lot!!

  • robster51

    There are no wires. He is actually Ultraman.

  • http://blogote.com Rockstar Sid

    Boy ‘o’ boy.. that was just awesome!!! Stumbled it…

  • http://www.iamcodie.com iamcodie

    Nice one LOL .. good work of psd .

  • http://en.saturngod.net saturngod

    LOL! Awesome in photoshop :)

  • http://digitalartempire.com/ Benjamin

    nice greart ideas here – tcx

  • http://www.mypcspot.com Alen

    Some are nice. Photoshop goes a long way.

  • http://www.gtmmediagroup.com Anibal Blasutti

    Chinese man, CAN FLYYYY!

  • http://about2.cn about2

    nice liwei

  • http://linux.blog.gunadarma.ac.id/ newbie

    unbelieveable.. how could he did that? Is he used Photoshop?

  • http://dress-4-less.blogspot.com Margaret Sybil

    ha ha ha!!
    These are really amazing picture!!
    i loved them!!

  • http://truehealthcare.info/ truehealthcare

    awesome, funny, creative..that’s all I can say..speechless

  • http://www.encelabs.com keith

    wow!!!

  • http://www.freemanlegacyllc.com Ms. Freeman

    Soooo cool! :) It really is amazing what he has done here. I would be afraid to even attempt it with wires and scaffolding.

  • http://www.fordevs.com joy

    very creative … kewl stuff!!!

  • Rajesh

    Whhh… its really Amazing photo i never seen that photo before today.
    thanks

  • Jason

    Dear Li Wei,
    Please buy and wear longer shorts.

    kthxbai

  • Hao Chin

    Thank…..!

  • http://promps.22web.net promps

    wow….how did you do that…you should show us some tricks….
    promps

  • http://www.pixmac.com Vitezslav Valka

    Strange but innovative. Thank you for it!

  • http://www.thiscg.com touk

    thank alot

  • http://www.dropfoundry.com ben

    Reminds me of a Fark Photohop contest.

  • http://www.SIGN4U.ch SIGN4U

    Nice ideas – nice done!
    Please more of them :-)

  • http://www.sekolahku.info gilig

    I watched the behind-scene photo making from wallpapers. It is also great to know that he did that for some philosophical reasons.

  • http://www.ecigarettesnational.com electronic cigarette

    These photos are great, but since I am terribly afraid of heights, some of them were really hard for me to look at!

  • http://www.xininvoice.com Qi

    unbelievable!!!

  • http://jaze.com.au Mike

    Brilliant!

  • http://www.entrydirectory.com max

    Awesome photoshop picture. really impressive and unbelievable pics..

  • http://tina.reeze.cn tina

    Incredible!!

  • http://www.nettvor.cz Cuba

    Nice ideas but its only Photoshop montage

    • Thomas

      Hi Cuba … read the introduction, before you start complaining. It is already stated: These are NOT montages – they are made with cables and mirrors, and these are then digitally removed in photoshop. But the images are not montages, they are shot as you see them.

  • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/11/the-unbelievable-and-impossible-photos-of-li-wei/ Agie

    AmaZiNg…!!

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    this is one amazing artist who redefined self portrait just wait and see how artist around the world push this style (and photoshop) farther and farther

    good post :) thanks

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    wow this guy is great with those photos. does he have a website?

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    Those are amazing!

  • evgeniy

    Well, I think that sucks. Don’t know what all the fuss is about.

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    conversation starters for sure!

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  • http://www.emlakx.net Emlak

    Amazing work!
    But the claim that these are not digitally edited compositions seems a bit too far fetched to believe! Great work nevertheless. I thoroughly enjoyed going through

  • http://www.babyoso.com babyoso

    Lol, gotta love that Sparta kick at the beginning.

  • http://www.driverthai.com Driver

    Oh! Amazing Photo.

  • http://www.evographics.com Evo

    I like the photo of the little girl with the balloons. Who didn’t want to do that when they were a kid!

  • pRagmata

    These are great pictures and excellent use of photoshop to capture ideas that aren’t just airbrushing or filtering techniques.

    Are you people blind or just too stupid to read? It says in the write-up before the pictures that he takes the pictures using wires and mirrors and then edits them in Photoshop. @Emlak, why are you saying, “But the claim that these are not digitally edited compositions seems a bit too far fetched to believe!”, no one claimed that. It says up top, edited with Photoshop. Stop being ignorant smart asses and read a few lines of text please.

  • http://gmail.com minie

    wires and lines

  • http://strugglingentrepreneur.wordpress.com Kevin Wilson

    Awesome art

  • http://www.webdesign-gm.co.uk Website design bristol

    Love some of these pictures, they look real, some however dont but fun and interesting ,thanks

  • Bill

    This guy is truly amazing.

  • http://www.car-free.ca Grover

    Very Qool, high flyin’ stuff.

  • seymon

    not interesting

  • http://www.icebluebanana.com mark

    These are really impressive! I especially like the one with the girl in the red shirt throwing you off of the top of a building.

  • Blankie

    ok i say nice but not incredible lol ……lots of ppl who work on photoshop CS4 and adobe after effects CS4 can do this…..

    • Thomas

      Dear Blankie. It’s not a montage, it’s a physical shoot, taken like it’s shown, but with a digital removal of cables and equipment. You – or anyone else here for that matter – could NOT make these images if they wanted to. It’s the creation of a true artist – not a photoshopper.

      I suggest you read the introduction, that explains this, before you start stating that this could be done by anyone.

      • Mark

        I totally disagree.

        First, you are claiming that nobody else in the world has access to cables and scaffolding. That’s a pretty ridiculous statement.

        And most of these could easily be done with Photoshop, so despite the method, the end result could be the same – if not better. If I Photoshop someone into a picture, and the end user cannot tell one from a really set up scene, how is one method better than the other?

        Just the fact that so many people without reading (including myself) thought these WERE done in Photoshop speaks volumes. I don’t think it’s just designers. I think if you asked the average layperson, they would think they say “Photoshoped”.

        I’m not sure the extra expense and much greater effort required makes it any greater an art form.

      • http://absolutely-fuzzy.com stephanie

        That so many people thought they were photoshopped does speak volumes -

        It speaks for our lack of ability to look beyond creating things like these photos BEYOND an application. The fact that these images took a lot of time to set up and shoot says a lot about the creator.. he could easily have photoshopped it, as you would, instead chose to deal with the more technical side of actually creating art.

        What would you do if photoshop did not exist?

  • http://www.choyungteareview.com/ Cho Yung Tea

    Awesome photos, I can belive what I’ve seen, great artist!

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    Oh……It’s cool!

  • willkozak

    Great skill! I love these, very creative and entertaining.

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    Fantastic! I’d like to see him floating above a cloud of smoke streaming from an electronic cigarette!

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    The pics are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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    OMG!!What creativity! Have never seen the like!!!!

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    I agree with most of the commenters, the photos are marvelous. I’m inspired.

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    Crazy pictures. Just asking myself how he achieved the ‘hangs out of the window’ pictures. I assume he masked the ropes holding the guy with photoshop ?

  • kamal

    Hi, that’s good, and i well exprim u somme technique of somme pictures, he take double pic of same place and action of combination of the both, of course conserve some level of lighting and color, on this point is very important, finaly cut the pic with background has one color like green or blue (3d).

  • mrkay1

    One can do it in Photoshop, but not easy . . .

  • Rhilwan

    Waoh! These are really c-o-o-o-o-o-l stuffs. I wonder how much time, imagination and skills this guy put into those great looking pictures. Crazy yet got my eyes fixed on every bit of it. Will like to learn that from you. Please keep the good job up

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/danny-demichele/ Danny DeMichele Flikr

    Great stuff…really enjoyed the read. Keep up the great work!

  • mark

    it might be dolls, lightweight dolls.

  • Abdou

    This is photography + photomanipulation.

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    Amazing artwork!

  • http://www.dannydemicheleonline.com/2009/10/danny-demichele-seo-techniques/ Danny DeMichele Photos

    Incredible photos.. I love the fact that your playing with photography and imaginary ideas, really being creative!

  • Sahil

    Amazing

  • Ton

    baloon peaple…….. Nice fun theme and with a great vision accomplished.

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    I am a photographer. And still feeling strange for my job. How can anyone think of this imagination??

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    amazing stuff!

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    Unthinkable snap shots…

  • SID

    Congra,.. excelent work !

  • EfratKa

    this is amazing !!!! wow !!!

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    It’s very funny :)

  • $unny

    Sooooo funny pics but liked the post …. The Unbelievable and Impossible Photos of Li Wei thnks for sharing

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    This is IMPOSSIBLE…
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    its awesome hey lie can you provide training also so that we can also do such rocking things but what i think it will be a animation plus knowledge plus technology plus flexibilty effect

  • http://www.lead411.com/Thomas_Austin_2885746.html Thomas Austin

    Somebody should hand Li a copy of Photoshop to save time and extra effort put into making these seeming impossible photographs that a good work keep going welldone

  • http://www.lead411.com/Francine_Axler_1608290.html Francine Axler

    li is a contemporary artist from Beijing. His work often depicts him in apparently gravity-defying situations. Wei started off his performance series ‘Mirroring’ and later on took off attention with his ‘Falls’ series which shows the artist with his head and chest embedded into the ground

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    And what´s of interest here?

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    Amazing!

  • http://www.myspace.com/mykalaikontilai Mykalai Kontilai

    Incredible snaps,man……i was deeply astounded when i saw these..
    keep up this good work…….

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    breathtaking. truly amazing.

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    Soooo cool!!!! It really is amazing what he has done here. I would be afraid to even attempt it with wires and scaffolding:)

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  • Thomas

    Read the introduction. And stop spamming forums with your bullshit user names.