Try 1x for free
1x is a curated photo gallery where every image have been handpicked for their high quality. With a membership, you can take part in the curation process and also try uploading your own best photos and see if they are good enough to make it all the way.
Right now you get one month for free when signing up for a PRO account. You can cancel anytime without being charged.
Try for free   No thanks
Franklin Neto: Transcending reality through photography

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 2nd of October 2023


Since the day I joined 1x, I always have been fascinated by Franklin Neto's, especially by the tight compositions  and magnificent use of colours. Reading his answers to the interview increased my admiration for the man behind his works.  He quotes : 'I see the processing of my images as immersion therapy, where I disconnect from the world and dedicate myself entirely to editing. I don't hold myself to any editing standards beyond my instincts and abilities, and I always let my imagination run wild.'  That may explain why his photos are so unique. Franklin also is strongly committed and a highly sensitive man in spite of all the personal struggles he had to go through. One of his noble goals is his enormous desire to create a friendlier community within photography, whose values are strictly about sharing what we love, which is LIGHT.

Come along with me on a journey through his photographs and discover what a warm and interesting personality he has.
  Enjoy !!!


'The Sentinels'


Hi Franklin, please introduce yourself shortly and tell us more about you, your hobbies or other projects you are involved in!

First of all, I'd like to thank you for inviting me for the interview.  It's a great honour to share a little about myself and my photographic career here on 1x. I was born in Goiânia, Brazil, studied logistics at university in 1988 and worked in logistics until I moved to Portugal in 2010.
It wasn't easy here in Portugal. I went through a lot of trials, being an immigrant in another country.  Photography came into my life as a game changer, showing me a reality that I hadn't known before. Today I work exclusively with photography and have photographic works in the categories architecture and family. Further more, I have a peculiar hobby, namely skateboarding, which I have practised since I was 15 years old.


'Aires in Blue'


For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?

Photography in my life has transcended all my goals as a responsible adult. I studied Logistics at university and always worked in the field until then. Then I moved to Portugal and began to cultivate this art in my being. I had my first paid jobs, and the winds changed the direction of my steps. Getting paid to do something you love and that really makes sense is priceless. I dedicated all my time and effort to photography. I spent hours studying and practising the art of photography, and I still do today. Every trip I take is somehow linked to photography. If I'm in nature, I'm interested in learning more about the geology of the place, the types of animals that live there, the species of trees that live there. During the summer, my trips are always to a place with dark skies to observe and photograph the stars and the 'Via Lactea' or Milky Way. If I'm in the city, I want to look up the history of that city, see the main monuments, all the architecture linked to the city's history. I believe that, just as fossils tell the story of the distant past, architecture has the power to tell the story of people or of the city in terms of its rise and fall. The realization that every moment, there is splendour happening, waiting to be photographed, is overwhelming. Everything is art. So I can conclude that photography and I are a symbiosis, in which it shows me the direction to follow further in my life.


'Don't stop on the way'


What would be the most important experience so far that has influenced your steps in photography?

Here I have to mention a few points as there have been several battles fought inside me and with the outside world. But one of the most memorable moments in my photographic career was being a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards in 2017. It was undoubtedly a great experience, having practically the entire press in my country talking about the Brazilian SWPA finalists, the main media in my city reporting on it, it was crazy. It showed me how rewarding the moments I spent dedicating myself to photography were and that I was on a good career path.




How do you maintain and grow your passion for photography?

As a fine art photographer, I believe that coming back from a session with the desired material, sometimes even better than planned, brings me great satisfaction as a photographer, but it also encompasses the whole cycle that involves this process, visualizing, planning, shooting, editing and seeing the final result. While I'm photographing people, it's so rewarding to get a good shot of a real smile, a look that can't be translated into words, getting a hug from a child who felt embraced by that moment of light for me is very gratifying and fills my chest with joy. We photographers have a great power to connect with the present and immortalize a desired or visualized moment with a click. When I'm photographing, I feel responsible for honouring every event that is happening in front of my lens and that gives me the fuel to always do more and better.


'Blue Diamond'


Can you please describe in a few words your photographer philosophy?

My philosophy both in photography and in life is simple, LOVE IT! Love what you are doing, love every moment you are dedicating your time. Love everything truly in what concerns you. Accept the trials that cross your path, see the good in everything that happens to you and around you, give the best of yourself to the people who come to you. The universe is generous to those who believe and trust in it.




Why are you so drawn by Architecture and Abstract Photography?

I believe that just as nature has its creator, we humans had the audacity to translate nature's creations into numbers and replicate these models into structures as we know them today. I'm not just talking about architecture, but in general, about all the evolution we've had in the rise of our society. In addition, our social model of life is strongly mirrored in the architectural structures that surround us in the city, even today we try to unravel the mysteries of ancient civilizations through their architecture, or what was left of it. In short, architecture for me is a sum of several factors that when looking at them, makes sense to me. Abstract photography enters a more intimate world, we see what we are or what we want to see, lines, shapes, textures and contrasts are great fuel to let our mind create the desired interpretation of what we want to convey to the viewer.


'The Future Reflects the Past'


What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

Honestly, the union of all the factors you mentioned is important. Every photograph I make tells a story, whether intentionally or not, it always has a message to convey. The mood of each image translates my personal style, or the way I see and feel things. Technical perfection for me has to go hand in hand with all other factors as this will guarantee a plausible final result.

What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?

In the case of my Fine art works, I'm just an observer trying to transcend reality. But yes, for every building I photograph, I leave a bit of myself there and I bring a bit of it with me: a natural symbiosis of those who live in the city and share the same space. In other cases where I'm hired to do some work, I just follow what the client wants and try to do it as well as possible.


'As above, so below'

Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?

Most of my photographs are carefully planned. Before each session, I do a lot of research on the subject, calculate the direction of the light and the right time to shoot, look for points of view that bring a harmonious interpretation and prepare the right equipment for each situation. But it happened a few times that I've been surprised by a scene that wasn't in my plans and came out with a good photo, and it's also happened that I've made some plans and something goes wrong and I go home without any photos. I try to stick to a plan, but also to be flexible if things don't go as expected.




What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?

I currently shoot with a Nikon D800e, the lenses I use are basically Nikkor 16-35mm f/4, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8, a Lowepro Flipside 500 AW case, Gitzo carbon tripod and some ND Lee filters.


What software do you use to process your images?

I basically use Adobe Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Photoshop.


Can you tell us something more about your work flow?

My workflow is both simple and a little complex. In Lightroom, I organize my entire workspace and make corrections and small adjustments to each photo, it's also where I create the skies of my photos. In Photoshop, the work becomes more meticulous, each part of the image is carefully selected and edited separately and this technique requires time and patience. I see this part as immersion therapy, where I disconnect from the world and dedicate myself entirely to editing. I don't hold myself to any editing standards beyond my instincts and abilities, and I always let my imagination run wild. In most cases, I spend days editing my images, followed by a few hours a day.


'When The Lights Turn Off'


What is your most important advice to a beginner in Architecture and Abstract Photography and how do you get started?

I think the most important thing for anyone beginning in this area of photography is to get started. Look for references in the area, try to understand the process and the reason for each image. Start with the basics and then try to translate them into some kind of style. Time and practice will help you develop a personal style and become more consistent in capturing your photographs. Start with small projects and also study what you're photographing, which will open up a sea of perspectives that wouldn't have been possible before.


'Eye Diamond'


What would be your favourite photo? Please tell us the story behind it.

I could answer with that phrase by photographer Imogen Cunningham that many photographers use: "Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow". I think that would also be correct, but each of my images has a personal value, each one has a bit of my blood and soul. There were a few episodes during the shoot that marked me out and made it special. One of them doesn't refer to architectural photography, but to a seascape. It was a sunny day and I took my mother to a wild beach to watch the sunset while I took the picture I had in mind. We arrived at the location, it was a hot day and suddenly a storm cell took over the sky, it looked terrible and frightening and I was there with my mother. I started photographing, trying out some compositions, struggling with the sea waves, the water coming up to my waist and then back again, as I looked up at the sky, the world seemed to be ending. I watched my mother who was desperate about the situation and I tried to calm her down. Finally I finished taking photos because it started to rain, so I put all the equipment away and the rain came down very hard. We ran along the cliffs in the rain, it was scary but it had its fun side and it still yielded a good photo and a good story to tell.

'Before The Tempest'


Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?

There are many photographers who have inspired me and still inspire me today, and I'm pleased to have some of them as my friends. But yes, I couldn't fail to mention Joel Tjintjelaar as Architectural Fine art photographer, for me Joel was and always will be the pioneer of creating fine art in architecture. When I decided to sail these seas, Joel was undoubtedly the person who most inspired me and continues to inspire me with his work and techniques developed over the years.




We almost reach the end of this interview and I would kindly ask you to share with us your future plans or photographic projects you would like to be involved in.

In a world where things change so quickly, it's good to keep your plans short term. I'm currently working on an online fine art print store, and I'm also developing some online courses in the field of fine art architectural photography. I plan to travel more, get to know different cultures and, of course, photograph more. And I feel an enormous desire to connect more with people, to create a friendlier community within photography, whose values are strictly about sharing what we love, which is LIGHT.




Is there anything else you wish to add  and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

I would just like to say thank you. 1x is present and in a way, served as a bases for the evolution of my work since the very beginning of my career. It is a platform that I trust due to the high level and quality and that I tremendously appreciate for its professionalism.  Thanks again for inviting me to this interview.

Best wishes for a prosperous life to all.
May the light always be present.


'Fortress' (Lisbon)



'Maria' (Portugal)



'State of Mind' (Prague 2023)



'Geode' (Berlin 2023)


Congratulations Franklin! Even though you mentioned Joel as inspiration you have developed a recognizable personal style that is worth being displayed and celebrated everywhere. Keep up the good work.
Ghent, a culture gem in Flanders

by Editor Wicher Bos 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 29th of September 2023

Ghent is a vibrant city with beautiful old buildings, many churches, a cathedral, a castle and numerous old bridges that bear witness to a rich past. A city that every Flemish is proud of.

Editor Wicher Bos was here and is happy to share his appreciation through a concise but interesting summary of the history of Ghent. 


'Gent' by Orkidea W.


The history of Ghent begins in the year 630 when the site of the confluence (or ‘Ganda’) of the two rivers, the Lys and the Scheldt was chosen to construct an abbey. Nearly 1400 years of history are still visible in the city today: a medieval castle surrounded by a moat, a cathedral, a belfry, beautiful facades, …


From the year 1000 to around 1550, Ghent was one of the most important cities in Europe. It was bigger than London and second only to Paris in size. The 60,000 inhabitants it had in the 14th century clung forcefully to their rights: earls and princes soon discovered that the proud and rebellious people of Ghent would not relinquish their hard-won privileges and freedoms without a fight.


Until the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302, the city was ruled by a number of rich merchant families. As the trades and guilds gained more political power in the 14th century, Ghent came to acquire a more democratic government.


In 1407 the seat of the Council of Flanders, the highest judicial body in the county, was moved from Bruges to the Castle of the Counts, Gravensteen Gent and Dutch became the official language.


Over the centuries the inhabitants of Ghent remained true to their reputation of being headstrong and awkward. They even rebelled against their own child prince, Charles V. But that was a bridge too far: the citizens of Ghent were publicly humiliated. The economic situation also gradually worsened. The city lost its passage to the sea and the population decreased by half. Only in the second half of the 18th century there was an economic revival. In 1816, Ghent acquired its own university, which today with approximately 70,000 students, makes Ghent a vibrant young place worth to visit…



So, why not check what is in our 1X-treasury-chest database… and indeed I found some really magnificent images… Enjoy!


'Sint-Michielsbrug Bridge' by Larry Deng




'Urban City' by Elke Braet

"Portrait of a Swiss Shepherd in the city streets of Ghent… “




'Ghent, southern style' by Robin Vandenabeele




'first day of spring' by margit lisa roeder




'Grand Soleil' by Adrian Popan



'Gent, like I feel it..' by Fernand Hick



'Gent' by Jacqueline van Bijnen




'Time Machine' by Juan Pablo de Miguel

He writes: "St. Nicholas' Church (Dutch: Sint-Niklaaskerk) is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent, Belgium. Begun in the early 13th century as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church, construction continued through the rest of the century in the local Scheldt Gothic style (named after the nearby river). Typical of this style is the use of blue-gray stone from the Tournai area, the single large tower above the crossing, and the slender turrets at the building's corners. Built in the old trade center of Ghent next to the bustling Korenmarkt, St. Nicholas' Church was popular with the guilds whose members carried out their business nearby. The guilds had their own chapels which were added to the sides of the church in the 14th and 15th centuries. The central tower, which was funded in part by the city, served as an observation post and carried the town bells until the neighboring belfry of Ghent was built. …)."



'Gent on bike' by Cristian Lee



'Ghent Beauty' by Larry Deng



'These dark days' by Christophe Staelens



'Colores del mundo' by Mathias Laga
“Buildings to be demolished in Ghent"



Not to forget when visiting Ghent is the Saint Bavo's Cathedral also known as Sint Baafs Cathedral (Dutch: Sint Baafskathedraal.


The Cathedral is a Catholic Church .  The 89-meter-tall Gothic building is the seat of the Diocese of Ghen and is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent.
It contains the well-known
Ghent Altarpiece also known as 'The adoration of the Mystic Lamb'.  It is a very large and complex 15th-century polyptych altarpiece attributed to the Early Neherlandish painters and brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It is considered a masterpiece of European art and one of the world's treasures, it was "the first major oil painting", and it marked the transition from Middle Age to Renaissance art.
Ghent Altarpiece


"Ghent" is the Flemish name. 
"Gand" is the French name derived from "Ganda".

(source: Ghent over the centuries | Visit Gent)


Fine piece of work!
Bellissimo articolo di questa città meravigliosa. Congratulazioni ai fotografi e Wicher Bos.
Thank you Wicher Bos and Yvette for your excellent collectitons. Well done. +++
An excellent article!
The portrait of the city with the help of these wonderful images is like a story you want to be a part of.Congratulations and thank you for sharing! <3
Oh, I love Ghent, thank you so much for including my humble contribution to this wonderful selection.
what an honor to be here among these beautiful photos with my photo. From the beautiful and pleasant city of Ghent! Thank you Wicher!
Blije Gentenaars ;-) !!!!!!!!!!!
The most beautiful town on Earth! Where I was born and went to school for many years. Thanks for this lovely story! ♥
Great, Marie-Anne !
Reflected in the Stars

Tutorial by Antonio Grambone
Published by Yvette Depaepe, the 20st of September 2023
The photograph is a single shot. I had the idea for this shot because I have always been drawn to abstract forms created in reflections of water, especially when they are affected by the wind.
I spent almost the entire Sunday at home since it had been raining all day. When it finally stopped in the afternoon, I immediately went outside with my camera to a park near my home. I knew there would be fresh puddles there, and I wanted to take some photos of the reflections in them.

Nikon D300  .  Tokina 12-24mm f/4  .  F/5
"It was the perfect location for my kind of photo, so I turned around with my camera and fired away as he peddled by."

The clouds eventually parted and the sunlight illuminated this puddle of water. Shortly afterward a boy showed up on his bicycle behind me, and his reflection appeared at the edge of the water. It was the perfect location for my kind of photo, so I turned around with my camera and fired away as he peddled by.

My intention was to take a photo of a scene that occurs on a daily basis, yet it passes by completely unnoticed by most people — a scene in a simple pool of rainwater. I am very pleased with the reaction of those who have seen this image.
Post Processing
I used Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CS4 and Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 plugin to process this photo.

1) I opened the image in Adobe Bridge. There I adjusted Exposure to –1.65, Recovery to 100 and Shadows to 3 and then exported the image to Photoshop.

2) I flipped the image horizontally and then cropped the photo to strengthen the composition.

3) I duplicated the image layer (Ctrl/Cmd+J), and I applied Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 plugin with the following values:
Opacity: 15%
Blend: 100%
Vertical Shift: 80%
Rotation: 180°

4) Back in Photoshop, I added a Solid Color layer.

5) I set the layer's color value to 445666, and I changed the blending mode of the layer to Soft Light. In this way, I created an overall dark blue tone.

6) I then created a Levels adjustment layer and set the Highlights value to 91 to lighten the overall image.

7) I selected the Levels layer again, and using the key combination (Ctrl/Cmd+I), I inverted the fill color.

8) With a soft Brush set to 21% Opacity and 84% Flow, I slowly revealed the underlying layer of the brighter image until I liked the result.

9) At this point, I created a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and then decreased Brightness to –50 and increased Contrast to 35.

10) I repeated Step #8 with a soft Brush set to Opacity +21 and 84 Flow to reveal the layer below the Brightness/Contrast layer until I liked the result. I used the Clone Stamp tool to remove some eye-catching bright spots and a few small distractions on the boy's body.

11) I made a few more slight adjustments to the exposure, contrast and color saturation until I obtained the desired result.

12) I prefer to sharpen the image at the end, and I do this in two stages as I decrease the file size. For this image I first applied the Unsharp Mask filter (Radius set to 50 pixels and Threshold set to 4 levels) and then reduced the Image Size by 50%. Afterward, I applied a second Unsharp Mask filter (Radius set to 30 and Threshold set to 2 levels), and I finished the process by reducing the image to meet the requirements for the web.
1) Make sure that you have good light, set the camera to spot metering and take a meter reading on the brightest part of the scene.
2) Use the autofocus and continuous mode, which allows you to follow a moving subject (cyclist, stroller, etc.).
3) Shoot 14-bit uncompressed NEF files (Nikon's RAW files) to have a greater chance of recovering information in post-production.
I live and work in Rome, Italy. My passion for photography has made me observe with interest the extraordinary and unique spectacle of nature along with the moments and multiple situations that occur every day. I hope, therefore, to be able to transmit and share through every single image the excitement that made me press the shutter button.
Very inspiring tutorial and of course perfect photo!
Great image and very good tutorial! Good work!
A spectacular image and a very detailed tutorial. Congratulations and thank you very much.
Thank you very much, dear Antonio for this tutorial. The picture is beautiful and moody, I love it!
Well written guidance to compose this type of photographs.
Results Contest : Swimming Pools

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 27th of September 2023


'Swimming pool'
To capture a swimming pool, its aestethic and its relation to the human body was the challenge of this contest.
It has become quite normal to immerse ourselves in cooling waters. Swimming pools have rapidly become status symbols and the source for many diverse experiences: leisure-time athletics, relaxation, or the simple pleasure of just being in water. 

The winners with the most votes are: 
1st place : 
Yevhen Kostiuk
2nd place : Debarshi Mukherjee
3rd place : DDiArte  

Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions and thanks to all the participants in the contest 'Swimming pool'


The currently running theme is 'Shooting against the sun'.
Shooting against the sun can be tricky but also is rewarding. It can be
quiet beautiful, especially when the sun is low and close to the horizon. You also can use it as backlight and create some cinematic lense flares.

The sooner you upload your submission the more chance you have to gather the most votes.
If you haven't uploaded your photo yet, click here

Good luck to all the participants.



1st place : by Yevhen Kostiuk



2nd place : by Debarshi Mukherjee



3rd place : by DDiArte





by Thierry Lagandré (Transgressed Light)



by Stephan Rückert



by Giuseppe Satriani



by AndreJa Ravnak



by Stephan Rothe



by SaraaBahari



by Petra Dvorak


You can see the names of the TOP 50 here.  
The contests are open to everybody except to crew members.
Submitting images already published / awarded on 1x is allowed.
how do we know when there's a contest ? I never get any notifications about these. Thanks !
Louise Xie - Freezing the beauty of a scene

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 25th of September 2023


To Louise Xie photography is a spiritual world, a channel where she shows the beauty of this world from her own point of view and where she can express her feelings without boundaries. Photography became a part of her life. Louise excels in several genres and strives to share her works evoking an emotional response from the viewers. Come along with me on a journey through her images and to learn more about this talented lady.


'Foggy morning for Fiz Roy'


Dear Louise, first I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer this questionnaire! To begin, please introduce yourself shortly and tell us more about you, your hobbies or other projects you are involved in!

My name is Louise Xie. I grew up in Shanghai, China and my studies and early work were related to architecture back in China. I have lived in the United States for 30 years and since I moved, I changed careers to computer science. Currently I am a professional IT specialist. In my spare time, I like photography, travelling, painting, flower arrangement, and cooking. I also volunteer in several non-profit organizations. I am passionate in multiple photography subjects including landscapes, humanities, and wildlife, etc. My photographic works have been awarded PSA and other photography competitions. I also have been published multiple times on international photographic media.


'Castle Mountain'


When and how did you start your photographic journey?

My uncle’s hobby was photography, and when I was little, I was his model. He loved  to work in the darkroom to develop his photos. When I saw an image paper, I felt that it was so amazing. When my son was young, our family took vacations every year travelling around the world, which allowed me to catch up on all sceneries and cultures which I wanted to see. After many years, when my son went to college, I decided to choose photography which I liked the most, as my main hobby. I wanted to dedicate more time on developing my images.  So, that's how photography became my very first choice.


'Follow mom'


For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?

Photography started as a hobby and the more I spend time on it, the more I felt in love with it. Photography is Art. To me it is not only freezing the beauty of a scene, but also includes the feelings of the photographer when photographing it. Photography is my spiritual world. It is the channel where I show the beauty of this world from my point of view and where I can express my feelings. Photography has become a part of my life now.


'Flamingos over lake Magadi'


What would be the most important experience so far that has influenced your steps in photography?

I joined several photo workshops/tours, where I learned a lot from excellent photographers. Their vision, their passion for photography always inspired me greatly. Later, I joined the PSA contest and became a 1x member. Those all are major resources for me to learn from other photographers. At the beginning of the year, I joined Raying Photography. I am so glad to find photographers that have common hobbies and ambitions where we can grow and improve together. We had a major exhibition in February of 2023. It was great to see our photos printed in high quality and in physical form for all to see and share.


'Snow Day'


You have your very own style. Your landscapes are magnificent but I also see bird photography and more genres. 
Can you explain why this is?

I am interested in many categories of photography. Landscape, Wildlife, Stage, Sports, Humanities. Exploring the beauty of nature and life brings me visual impact and emotional pleasure. I also have a passion for dynamic images of Stage Performances and Sports. I always try 'slow speed' to express their movement and flow. It provides a challenge and looks more artistic.


'Chase Me'






'Group Dance 7'


What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

I think technical skills are just the foundational skills for every photographer. Thus, I believe a good mood and well story-told picture can evoke an emotional response from viewers. It can make people connected with the image through excitement, laughter or tears.


'Meet at Foggy Morning'



'Blizzard day Bison around Geyser'


What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?

Photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something that touches my heart.
As for preparation: Yes, before every photography trip, I will research where I’m going and get some inspiration from other photographer's works at that particular location. It is important to me to have a deeper knowledge of the location or subject that I want to shoot.


'Winter Yellowstone'


Describe your overall photographic vision.

A good picture is a fusion of creative ideas, photographic techniques and emotional expression. We use our eyes to observe, use our brain to shoot, use our heart to comprehend, and use colour and light and shadow to render the atmosphere and express emotions. My vision is to keep improving, endow photos with humanistic feelings, and endow photos to have thoughts and soul.


'Two little babies'


What are the main features of a successful landscape photographer in your opinion?

Respect:  Respecting and understanding nature

Curiosity:  It will lead us to try different techniques and to ponder our stylistic decisions. Being intrigued by our surroundings and our own ideas is what leads to exploration, discovery, experimentation, and creative growth.

Flexibility:  Nature is notoriously capricious, having change as its only constant. If you are willing to adjust to conditions and make the most of whatever nature gives you, then the world is yours.

Patience: Sometimes simply watching and waiting allows opportunities and ideas to come together in fruitful ways.

Speed:  The ability to respond quickly to opportunities and to think for yourself.

Integrity:  Do not forget the original intention. Remain true to our own art.

Courage: The dangers of working outdoors are many, making it necessary to exercise caution and good sense, and when those requirements are met, to find the courage to proceed.


'Drive it Away'



'Frozen on Fiz Roy lake'


Can you please tell us something more about your workflow from the idea to the final product?

I shoot pictures in the RAW format. I open it in Photoshop, start basic adjustment in ACR. Then, I use he Nik Collection for selective area adjustments and sometimes I use the Topaz Denoise and Sharpen features.


'Torres del Paine'


Where do you look to find inspiration and what inspires you the most?

Lots of things inspire me. From museum sculptures, painting, from different music concerts, stage performances, from creative architecture, to humanities in different countries and regions. Sometimes little things in life will touch my heart.


Many are of the opinion that the gear is not very important when the passion for photography is strong. However, can you please share with us what gear you use (camera, lenses, lighting, tripod, etc.)?

Personally, I think gear is quite important. I have chosen for Canon. My cameras: 5D Mark III , 5D Mark IV, 1DX II, EOS R5 and EOS R5 C and RF/RF Lens are all from Canon. I also use DJI Camera Drones for aerial photography.


'Cinque Torri sunset'


What would be your favourite photo? Please tell us the story behind it.

I like some of my photos better than the rests. Most of the time, one never have the total control for each picture taken. It is a challenge to catch a “perfect” picture. Also due to social progress, improvement in the level of appreciation, personal skill set upgrade. I am always looking forward:  next one will be better.


'Run After'


Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?

I like to visit museums and read some art books. Of course, when I started photography, I couldn't avoid looking for works from famous photographers, including: Ansel Adams, Christophe Jacrot , Franco Fontana , Jordan Hammond, Henri Cartier Bresson, Jordan, Hammond, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pedro Luis Raota, and Annie Leibovitz. In their works you can see their thinking, exploring options and progress. Their creations are not limited to the eyes of the world, and always have their own unique perspective and style.

I also browse the photographs on 1X community, because many talented individuals are there.

I also have also joined photographer tours with Victor Liu, Jeffrey Wu, Kah-Wai Lin, Zhang Zhi and Yiming Hu. They have given me a good foundation of landscape, wildlife and video production. I admire their works and artistic vision and am touched by their dedication.

I learned a lot about Photoshop from Larry Deng. His vision is so artistic, very moody, and always improving with his creative skill. It is so mesmerizing.

Finally, I would like to say that John Fan’s book, blogs and his photography are works that influence me to think about the commitment of nature and the wisdom of life. His personal photography insights, including current photography trends, always helps me to reconsider how can I improve my works.


'Skogafoss waterfall'



'Misurina Lake'


Now, since we have almost reached the end of this interview, I would kindly ask you to share with us your plans or photographic projects you would like to be involved in.

At the technical level, I hope to break through my existing foundation and form my own style. If I had more time for my photography journey, I would like to put more effort and volunteer on more non-profit organizations to help others.


'Touch Down'


Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

First, I want to thank Yvette for providing me this opportunity to share my experiences through this interview. 1x has played a major role in my photography journey. 1x is an exclusive curated art gallery with so much talented photographers. 1X inspired me and helped improve my artistic vision. I have learned so much from the photographers I follow. 1x is part my life, it is a home base to share my own works with my friends and others. I am so proud to be a part of the 1x family.


'Take off'


Thanks for your wonderful words in the conclusion of this interview, dear Louise.
We too are glad to have you as a member of our community.


Fabulous images! Congratulations, Louise!
I was really moved by the wonderful collection of works. Thank you for introducing this kind of work.
Amazing images! Congrats
Congrats dear Louise. Thank you dear Yvette for another great interview!
Thank you
My pleasure, Larry !
txules PRO
I’m speechless, my hat off.
Many thanks
These images are a visual treat , congratulations Louise
Thank you
I enjoyed reading this interesting interview accompanied with wonderful photographs, sincere congratulations dear Louie for excellent work and great thanks to Yvette for this presentation.
Thank you Miro ;-)
Thank you
Congratulations dear Louise! A very impressive collection and inspiring interview.
Thank you Ruiqing.
Your work and passions are radiant in this interview. Congratulations Louise!
Many Thanks.
Wonderful photographs and very interesting and inspiring interview. Congratulations!
Every since I saw the 'Cycling', I become your fan immediately, congrats dear Louise, you deserve it. Thanks Yvette always find and present excellent artists to us!
Thanks a lot, Molly !
Thank you dear
Just read this article "Freezing the beauty of a scene", all I could say is wow, such a great works !!!
Thank you
Such a diverse and wonderful gallery! Great talent and dedication! Congratulations, Louise! Thank you, Yvette for this interesting interview!
Thank you, dear Ludmila ;-)
Thank you.
Beautiful work, congratulations Louise! Thanks Yvette for another great interview!
Thanks for your appreciation, Linda !!!
Thank you
Congratulations, so many impressive pictures!
Thank you
Dear Louise, I am a big fan of your artistic work, congratulations on your accomplishment! Thank you very much Yvette for the interview!
My pleasure, Yanyan Gong !
Many Thanks
Beautiful and exciting images. Thank you for the wonderful interview. Congrats Louise!
Thank you
Thank you so much.
Love the interview and the works with it! Inspiring!
Thank you.