Dear Louie, can you briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.
I was trained as doctor in China. After working in a hospital for a few years, I had the opportunity to study in US where I studied computer sciences at the University of Toronto. Today, I live in Toronto and my profession is scientist.
I love cooking, DIY, and photography. In the most recent years, I devoted much of my free time to photography. Research is a crucial and an integral part of my life, whether it is related to work or hobby. I always research thoroughly and work through a trial-and-error approach to experiment with what I have learnt, and isolate the techniques that achieve ideal results – this is how my award-winning photos came to be.
How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?
I have been interested in painting since I was a child. When I took my children to a painting class, I usually practised painting alongside them. Poster design is my favourite subject due to the process of getting the ideas, organizing elements, and learning to deal with the relationship between the subject and the companion, and so on. Such exercises have a certain impact on the composition and creative expression of my photographs.
What first attracted you to photography?
I bought my first SLR in 2012 to take photos on vacations, but Auto mode was used most of the time. My fascination for photography began a few years later after I attended a workshop about what makes a good picture by a great photographer, Mr. Chen. Since then, I started taking photos seriously by studying the parameter settings, practising shooting photos, and learning Photoshop for post-processing.
'Through the Window Shadow'
Describe your overall photographic vision.
Photography is an endless discovery that brings light into my life. I always search for a special angle to capture interesting people and things. To make good works, a photographer should first understand the appeal of the artworks of others and reflect on what techniques can be applied to photography. Secondly, a photographer needs to continually improve his ability to observe the world and discover its beauty.
'Sunrise on the lake'
You have your very own style but your work is very diversified. Can you explain why this is?
The world is so big, only a small part of it can be photographed no matter how wide lens is being used. I explore the world in many ways through photography. In terms of photographer's style, it requires the accumulation of experience. Currently I do what I can achieve well through my passion for photography. My photos published on 1x.com cover 16 out of 20 categories, including architecture, abstract, action, creative edits, wildlife, landscape, street, still life, and portrait, etc... During my photography journey, I will gradually find out my favourite genres. More works will reveal my personal style once I hit on the right path.
'Eddie and his girlfriend'
'Sunset at the lighthouse'
What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
A good image can speak for itself and reflect the emotions experienced by the photographer. The mood and story together are the soul of photography. But technical perfection is a necessary requirement for a good picture.
'Gone with the wind'
'Small Town Church'
What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
I always try to empathize with my subject matter. What I’m looking for are people’s expressions, the unique cultures they have, the environment surrounding them, and how these elements may differ from my own life. A deeper understanding of my subject matter helps me to make a better photo.
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
It depends on the themes. For landscape, I always conduct thorough research before I go. But for street photography, they are usually taken spontaneously.
What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
I am using Nikon D850. The lenses are 14-24 mm, 24-70 mm, 70-200 mm, and 200-500 mm.
What software do you use to process your images?
I primarily work with Photoshop and NIK Collection.
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
I always shoot photos in raw format. The image selection is based on the needs, for example, the theme of a competition or the category of publication. Then I do the adjustments with ACR before refining it by using Photoshop and Nik Collection.
'Like a Family'
What is your most important advice to a beginner in Photography and how do you get started?
Good photography is a perfect combination of art and technology. The learning process also requires both. When you start learning photography, it is beneficial to join in a good atmosphere and continue to nurture yourself. For example, one of great options is attending a local camera club where you can expose yourself to various activities, such as workshops, field trips with other photographers, photo competitions, evaluation group, etc...
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
The first photography book that I read is Art Wolfe’s The Art of Photographing Nature, which affected my work a lot. For sure he is one of my favourite photographers. The 1x photography gallery is a great resource for me to learn something on a daily basis. I devote some time to observe the excellent photos published on it and to look for the elements that inspire me in some way. All photographers behind a large number of excellent works have an impact on my work. Among them are Charlaine Gerber, who expresses mood along with the rhythm of music, Larry Deng, who has a unique shooting perspective, and Bingo Z who is a master of composing with light and colour.
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
I'll shoot whatever touches me. I’d like to travel and discover more new places or re-visit some areas that I went to a long time ago to record everything that interests me with my camera. In addition, I’d like to try photographing as many new perspectives as possible. Ultimately, my goal is to enjoy photography and have fun!
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
My photo called ‘Modern City’ is very special to me, because it is connected with me emotionally. I live in the Greater Toronto Areas (GTA). These iconic buildings represent the architectures of GTA where I have been lived for more than two decades. I’m driven by the desire to tell the viewers about the beauty of the place where I live. My great effort was paid off. This image won the first place in CAPA Lines & Curves competition in 2021.
'Modern City' (GTA Buildings)
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
I have learned a lot from the great works of excellent photographers of 1x.com since I became a member one and a half year ago. This is great photo platform that provides many resources for both new and experienced photographers.
Finally, I would like to thank Yvette and the 1x team for the opportunity to show my work here.
Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions, dear Louie. It was a pleasure to interview you.
Nancy Xu PRO
Great work Louie! Congratulations!
Thanks a lot, dear Nancy!
Sydney Harter PRO
Beautiful work, Louie…Congratulations!
THanks a lot, dear Sydney!
Excelente trabajo, muy hermosos Felicidades
Unique work, nice article, very inspiring!
Thank you so much for your nice comments, dear Gerda!
Ruiqing P. PRO
Congratulations Louie! What a beautiful collection! Very impressive.
Thank you so much for your nice comments, Ruiqing!
Jun Zuo PRO
Wonderful portfolio! Congratulations!
Thank you so much for your nice words!
Milan Malovrh PRO
Great work! Congratulations!!
Thanks a lot, Milan!
Many thanks, Jorge!
Preciosas fotografías , magnifico trabajo y mi mas cordial enhorabuena
Thank you !
Adolfo Urrutia PRO
Excellent interview and fantastic work. Congrats, Louie !!! Thanks a lot, Yvette.
Thank you dear Adolfo !
Thank you so much for your nice comments, dear Adolfo!
Jørgen Feldstedt PRO
Great images , Congratulations!
Thanks a lot, Jorgen!
Rui Shao PRO
Many thanks, Rui!
Louie thank you very much for showing us the art you master, your gallery is a source of inspiration.
Thank you so much for your nice words, dear Joanduenas!
Thank you very much Ivette for offering us these inspiring interviews, the sensitivity of your questions is wonderful.
Thanks for your appreciation, dear Joana !
Yanny Liu PRO
Wonderful collections, Congrats!
Thank you so much, Yanny!
Your work and vision are inspiring. Thank you so much. Cheers!
Thanks a lot, Prateek!
Mei Xu PRO
Thank you so much, Mei!
Sonya Liu PRO
Congratulations . Great Achievement!
Many thanks, Sonya!
Emel Sefer PRO
Congratulations Luie, I'm amazed by your beautiful photos.
Thank you so much, dear Emel!
Xiaolin Ni PRO
Congratulations Louie! What a collection of beautifully created art work!
Thank you so much, Xiaolin!
Kilian CabGuy PRO
Thank you for your inspirations!
Thanks a lot, Kilian!
Lynn Ma PRO
Congratulations Louie! A wonderful portfolio!
Thanks a lot, my fridnd!
Larry Deng PRO
Congrats buddy Louie. Many thanks dear Yvette .
Thank you really much for your inspirations, dear Larry!
Thank you, dear Larry !
Grant Hou PRO
A very artistic portfolio depicting beautifully the varieties of world and life around. Congratulations!
Thank you so much for your nice comments, Grant!
Thank you so much, dear friend Picart!
Kenneth Zeng PRO
Great achievement. Congratulations Louie.
Thank you so much, my friend Kenneth!
Aidong Ning PRO
What a wonderful collection! Congratulations Louie!
Thank you so much, my dear friend Aidong!
Jianping Yang PRO
Congratulations Louie. Great Achievement!
Thanks a lot, Jianpint!
Leah Xu PRO
Thank you so much Leah! Nice chat with you before this is published.
Ti Wang PRO
Congratulations Louie, what a beautiful portfolio!
Thanks a lot Ti!
Molly Fu PRO
What a wonderful profile, congrats Louie!
Many thanks my dear friend Molly!
congrats for the achievements!
Thanks a lot, dear Laura!
Ling Lu PRO
Congratulations Louie! Great work and amazing variety!
Thank you so much, my dear friend Ling!
Yanyan Gong PRO
Dear friend, congratulations on your achievements! You are my inspiration too!
THanks a lot, my dear friend Yanyan!
Mei Zhang PRO
Congratulations, Dear Louie! What a wonderful world you present to us! “Never Stop Exploring!”
Thank you so much for your nice words, my dear friend Mei!
Congratulations my friend! Great achievement!
Thanks a lot, my friend Sean!
Congratulations. Amazing photos
Thank you so much , dear adriana!
Thanks a lot, Helena!
Tao Huang PRO
Congratulations, my dear brother Louie, Many thanks, Yvette, for charing your beautiful portfolio !
Thank you so much for your nice words, buddy!
What a beautiful portfolio! You are a real artist and have my greatest admiration dear Louie ! and thank you Yvette for allowing me to discover Louie !
Thank you so much for your nice words, dear Gabrielle!
Thank you so much for your fine collaboration, Louie! Congratulations with the Photographer of the week feature, dear friend !
Thank you so much dear Yvette! THis is a big honor!
Saskia Dingemans PRO
Thanks for charing your beautiful portfolio , dear Louie . Congrats . Many thanks Yvette .
My pleasure, Saskia... A never ending discovery of talent on 1x.
Thank you so much for you nice comment, dear Saskia! I admire your excellent works published at 1x.
Amazing portfolio. Very well done images. Congratulations.
Thank you so much, dear Sayyed!