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Luo Yang


‘Photography is an art that requires certainty. Light, posture and emotion are all frozen the moment you press the shutter, recording eternal beauty and power.’

– Luo Yang.


Beijing-based Luo Yang is best known for her intimate portraits of inspirational females, including a decade-long series, ‘Girls’, depicting women from different backgrounds in contemporary China. As part of our Kindred Spirits series, Luo Yang shot a series of creatives with the theme ‘A Sense of Certainty’. We turned the camera on Luo and asked her about her craft.

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When did you discover your passion for photography?

When I was about 17, I bought a very convenient instant film camera and I vaguely remember taking pictures of my old house and street. When I went to college, my first professional camera was lent to me by a friend, and I took pictures of my classmates. There are always a lot of emotions to express when you are young, and I released that energy through images.


What is the greatest challenge you have experienced in your career?

For me, every shoot and each person I shoot is a challenge. Every individual is a world, and shooting is a collision between me and that world. All I can do is treat them sincerely.

What do you admire about the women you photograph?

I appreciate the strength of women who can express their emotions in a real way, who are sensual and at the same time have raw power and infectious energy. I think being yourself and expressing yourself authentically is powerful.


Do you have a favourite Johnstons of Elgin piece from the shoot?

I like the cashmere sweaters I wore. From the second I touched them, I could feel the softness and warmth. It was like meeting with a loyal old friend in winter.

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