Jin’s love for photography is an obvious influence from her father, an enthusiastic amateur photographer. With early access to a camera, Jin first tried taking photos randomly and then, amazed by some good shots she made, became addicted to it.
In spite of being unselective of her subject, Jin has a preference for natural scenery, especially light. ‘I have a worship of light. Photographs remind me of the moving moment when the beautiful light went through my eyes and I clicked the shutter. They stock light in my memory.’ As regards style, she defines herself as unfixed. ‘I like strong colours but also try fresh style sometimes’, Jin says. Actually, Jin’s works show great diversity, and the only common feature they share is her love for life. For Jin, photography is a record and an expression of life. Each of her photos tells a story.
The sky is one of Jin’s favourite subjects. This photo was taken on an early morning at Sanshui, a small city where Jin spent her first two years of university. ‘It was my last day in Sanshui. I was
waiting nervously to confess my admiration to a boy. Suddenly I saw this golden light piercing through the clouds, filling my heart with courage.’
The charm of the sky lies in its changeability. This photo, for instance, shows its transquility. ‘I was traveling in Oslo with my friend. The sunset glow was so beautiful that we stood there taking photos
until it became totally dark.’
Another peaceful winter shot was taken in York University during snowy days. Coming from a southern city, Jin had been looking forward to experiencing snow. It was in York that she truly felt the ‘UK in winter’. In the photo, the sky, the land and the frozen lake are of the same white colour. The horizon in the middle of the photo strenghens the sense of transquility, as if time stops.
Apart from natural light, Jin is also obssessed with electric light. This photo was taken when Jin was in Berlin. ‘It was the first time I travelled alone in a foreign country. Since it was the Christmas vacation, many others were traveling with families, and I missed mine very much. Yet standing in a huge Christmas tree with a lot of bulbs and decorations, I felt warm and happy.’
Among all the lights, the brightest one lies in the smiles of Jin and her friends. This shot records the happy day when they graduated from university. ‘These are my best friends. We have been friends for seven years and I believe the friendship will last forever. I set this photo as my desktop. Seeing it gives me strength and joy everyday.'
Jin’s sources of inspiration are family, friends, and all the wonderful things throughout her journey. She is currently planning a trip to middle Europe, where we can expect some new photos to light up our hearts.