Colourful Moments of Calmness – by Yingda Xu

I often find myself drawn to moments of calmness and fickle objects like water, the sun light or just something that’s in motion. To be honest, I have always been more interested in exploring the trace of human being than human being themselves.

            – Yingda Xu

 

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“I still remember my very first experience with photography. I was taking a walk in a garden near my house with a brand – new camera that my mom just bought me, and I saw the most beautiful butterfly I have ever seen in my life. I couldn’t help but just kept following it until it landed on a flower gently. The soft afternoon light shines on a bed of green grass and just the second before the butterfly start to flap its wings and take off, without a second of hesitation, I pulled out my camera and snap a photo and two seconds later it was gone.”

 

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“I can definitely see how my photography style and habit were shaped from that little walk in the garden. Almost all of my photography work is made spontaneously through intuitive observations. I never go out shooting with a particular theme or concept in my mind, I tried to stay open and let myself to be inspired by my surroundings.”

 

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“I often find myself drawn to moments of calmness and fickle objects like water, the sun light or just something that’s in motion. To be honest, I have always been more interested in exploring the trace of human being than human being themselves , that’s probably why I don’t make many photographs of people, and when I do I tried to photograph them when they’re most comfortable and in tune with their surroundings. Natural lighting and colour harmony plays a big role in my work, I am very sensitive to both elements as they brings out a sense of time and place.”

 

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Yingda Xu is a 25-year old film photographer and graphic designer currently based in Melbourne, Australia. 

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