TITLE: Inner world
What can we do with the camera? I think that the camera can not only be used to record events, but also to create art like a pen. I move the camera by using the Chinese calligraphy technique. The moving process is very similar to writing with a brush in my childhood. There are the starting up, the moving, and the ending with the ‘brush’.
This series of photos is my exploration and reflection of the inner world. Everyone may have another self in his heart. I tried to show both inner and outer self in one work. The two selves can be very similar or completely different. They can have endless expressions, unbelievable changes, and give me great inspiration. I describe the person's outer and inner world in my way and leave the subtle details of the changes.
What is your inner world like?
AUTHOR: Fan LI (France)
Born in Beijing, Fan Li learned the essentials of visual arts beginning in childhood. His father, a professional photojournalist, shared his technical knowledge as well as his passion for the visual arts. In 2004, Fan Li settled in Paris to study. He brought with him his camera to immortalise the city and the wonders of Europe that he counted on visiting. Made public, his photos won many international prizes. In 2017, the artist decided to rethink his technique and to take on new experiments. He explains: “Maybe because I’m an only child, I like unique things that can’t be copied. One day, I saw that my work hadn’t evolved in the past five years. I decided to say farewell to this method of taking photos in order to adopt another.” Since then, Fan Li uses his camera like a paintbrush and favors long expositions to put his interior world into images. In 2020, Fan Li was included as a contract artist by the gallery YELLOW KORNER.
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