Life is a constant journey. A journey of growing and refining who we are. The same goes for photography according to Ying Luo. Originally from China, the photographer believes that there is more to the art than just clicking a button. “You continuously learn and explore. Photography reflects life. It is an adventure with all kinds of learning, exploring and surprises. Be patient when you are waiting, be calm when things are not going as planned and remember to enjoy the current moment. Put simply, stay positive and you will be rewarded.”
Luo’s journey with photography began when she was only 11 years old. Travelling to Singapore for summer school, she bought her first camera to record the places she visited. In a flash, Luo advanced from average tourist photographing to a more professional setup upgrading to a DSLR camera during her college years in the US. “With my first DSLR camera, I discovered a whole new world of photography as I started to learn about aperture, exposure time, ISOs, focal length, composition and how to combine them in different situations. It was very difficult, but also very rewarding when succeeding!”
Although Luo’s passion for photography was sparked from a young age, it was during a trip to Utah in 2014 that she fell hopelessly in love with the art. “It was the first time I travelled to a destination solely for the purpose of shooting photos. Like it was yesterday, I remember how the world turned from peaceful to vibrant when the first rays of sun came out behind the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.” Ever since that trip, Luo has been travelling around the world with a camera in her hand portraying those shivering moments.