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