Photography by Li Hui

Jul 03, 2017

Li Hui is a young self-taught Chinese photographer from the city of Hangzhou. Characterised by a minimal approach, her compositions are sensual, intimate and vibrant at the same time, revealing a passionate and positive spirit. Through her work, we can sense the strength, passion and vitality of being youth, a feeling that we all embrace and pursue. Following we present a nice interview that we had with Li: am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us? LH - I’m a self-taught photographer from the Chinese city of Hangzhou, a place known for its natural beauty. My work often broaches the topics of youth, nature and intimacy. I’m currently putting together my new book, which I’ll self-publish later this year. And my first solo exhibition is coming up soon. am - How did you start in photography? LH - I started taking pictures seriously in 2009 when I got my first film camera. I found that it was the best way to help me realize the ideas that were floating around in my head. Photography is the ideal tool to capture fleeting moments or certain emotions, and prevent them from disappearing forever. am - What inspires your work? LH - My everyday life, animals, movies, music and basically everything around me. Inspiration is everywhere, I just need to be a good observer. am - Your work has a beautiful minimalist approach, what attracts you about this? LH - I like to find interesting details, maybe this makes my compositions look relatively simple. I don’t want a picture to feel too cluttered. A minimalist approach makes it easier to express feelings and speak from the heart. Even when it comes to double exposure, I still hope that the pictures maintain a seemingly simple surface, while revealing a wide range of feelings when you take a closer look. am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists? LH - I enjoy the works of Gerhard Richter, Egon Schiele, Lucian Freud, Hieronymus Bosch, Jocelyn Lee, and Eva Bertram. am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go? LH - Iceland or a similarly remote place with stunning landscapes. am - What’s your favourite movie? LH - It’s hard to choose just one, but I’d go with ‘Ratcatcher’ by Lynne Ramsay. The feeling of confusion and fear experienced by the young protagonist really spoke to me. I usually don’t find it easy to accept change. But after watching that movie, I tried to accept the fear of the unknown and essentially trust that it will lead me to new places. am - Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why? LH - I often go for a walk in the mountains. Or sit by the lake. I think I’m relatively quiet compared to other people my age, so I like to go to these relatively remote and peaceful places. Sitting there, lost in thought, helps me get fresh inspiration. am - What is your favourite photo book? LH - Again, choosing a favorite is nearly impossible, but I really like ‘Nowhere But Here’ by Jocelyn Lee. am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine. LH - Thanks for inviting me to be a part of a magazine dedicated to analogue photography!

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