I come from a city called Urumqi, which belongs to the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region located in Northwestern China. The people I photographed are from my homeland. My inspiration behind this series is partly about being away from home. It has been eight years since I left. I still get homesick and, sometimes, I feel a bit lost in a big city. Then, I start missing how blue the sky was there, how simple the people were back in my homeland. Another part is about growing up. I am fascinated by how colourful and vibrant the Uyghur traditional clothing is and how beautiful and majestic nature is there.
It has been my passion to introduce my homeland to others. My hometown is so different from New York City, even from most other cities in China. Fashion, as most people know it, is far from the life in Xinjiang. But people have a great sense of style. I want people to know this place and love it as I do, to feel it as I do. And that’s also what photography means to me, it is to share: a memory, a new place, a person’s story, a lifestyle or even a piece of clothing.