I was born in 1984 in Beijing, China, and moved to the United States in 1995. I spent a happy childhood in Madison, NJ, a suburb of New York City.
In 2002, after seeing the photographs taken by my AP history teacher I bought an Olympus C3040Z, a 3.4 megapixel digital camera for $660. I took the summer between high school and college to travel across the U.S. After 45 days riding Greyhound buses I captured over 6,000 photographs and visited over 30 American cities. Consequently, this trip had a dramatic effect on my photography interest. I have been taking photographs for 15 years now and I am best known for my abstract, architectural, and reflective photographs.
Initially, my work present the viewer with reflections from modern, glass skyscrapers. A few glass windows may not seem to be interesting to anyone, however, I capture the hidden beauty in these mundane looking glass tiles. The result is photographs that are intriguing yet simple, complex but balanced, layered and geometric, modular and abstract.
Soon I started seeing more abstract beauty not only in skyscrapers but also reflections from store windows, calm waters, and other shinning and reflective surfaces. The complexity of the photograph changed from just pure abstraction to include some more recognizable objects, though still mystified in abstraction.
My photographs serve as reminders to ourselves that there is often more to what we observe as ordinary. And we have to more pay attention to the world to see the beauty that’s often hidden.
My earliest work was captured on the Olympus C3040Z. From 2005 to 2009, I used my second camera, the Canon Rebel XT. There was a period when I tried using Sony point-and-shoot cameras due to their convenient size. These included the T90 and the TX30. Since 2012, I’ve been using the Nikon D7000 with just one lens, the Nikkor 18-200mm. I recently purchased the Nikon D7500.
My work have been publicly exhibited in numerous galleries since I was 19 years old. For a complete list of exhibitions and other art related things, see my artist CV.
Want to know what I think? Here’s my manifesto.