I did not get into photography until in my late teens after the sudden death of my mother. As I was searching for a way to escape from the painful reality, I got my first camera from a friend and quickly became obsessed with photography. I fell in love with it the moment I saw those color slide films on the light-box.
Borderland is an intimate work of remembrance, tenderness, and self-consolation. Mixed with atmospheric portraits and landscape, as well as intimate still life details. My aim is to rebuild my self-awareness through an autobiographical portrait of my homeland, as well as to seek comfort through reconnection to the past. The project is like a psychological healing process. I still want to spend some time to working on it. I know there will be a time for me to end the project when I feel I've finished. Hopefully next year.
Yes, I realize that this is what I have been doing. I try to construct an intimate narrative based on my history. I believe that the more personal, the more universal. However, the starting point of this project is to seek comfort in my heart. I mean, when I am behind the lens I can only concentrate on myself. Instead of pleasing others, I think it's better to please yourself.
Beijing is the culture and art center of China, which is also a huge metropolis with more than 21 million of people. It is good to see a lot of art institutions and talented artists here. But it's more important for me to find a good balance between art and life, or nature.
The death of my mother has totally changed my life. I think the most precious thing I learnt from that period is, finally I have been able to reconcile myself and face reality. I now try to appreciate life from different perspectives.
Yes, I believe that. Take myself as an example, I used to spend all my energy and will on photography to overcome desperation. I feel like doing art allows people to escape from the time of grief and sorrow.
At the beginning of the project, I was interested in people as individuals and the relationships among them. Now my focus has shifted to a more macroscopic perspective, I prefer to shoot landscapes.
Very rarely. Sometimes I have certain imagery in my mind, but it's difficult for me to transfer the imagery into a photograph.
I'm going to finish Borderland series and publish a photobook next year. Also I will working on a new series later, which is different from Borderland.