Talking Analog with Li Hui

If you are into analog photography you have probably already seen Li Hui's work. We met up with the self-taught talent to find out more about her early days as a photographer and what inspires her work!

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Since when do you remember yourself taking photos? What were your first impulses?

I grew up in Hangzhou, China. My father gave me a film camera when I was 10, but I didn’t take it seriously. I was really into video games and Japanese comics. Finally I picked up my film camera again in 2009 when I visited a friend in Germany and we started traveling together.

What excites you the most about being a photographer?

Taking pictures was more of a hobby to me. I never thought I could become a photographer. I think photography helps me to be more open to my surroundings, allowing me to explore the world in my own way.

Why do you prefer analog photography?

Experimenting with the natural reflection of light, the natural colors and the final surprise when you see the result!

Tell us about why you never photograph the faces of your models!

I used to be a very sensitive and shy person, which is one of the reasons I don’t take pictures of the faces. But it’s interesting that I found my models' body language often telling their true feelings.

What do you want to say through your photographs?

Part of my work shows a world that stems from my own imagination. I compose the entire picture in my mind before I take it. I think my whole work is much more like a very long and silent movie. That’s what I thought of my work. People always say that good pictures tell stories. I rather prefer this approach.

Which camera do you use to take pictures?

Nikon FM2 is my main camera. It’s also my favorite camera.

How do you imagine your future?

Things are always changing. I’m not good at planning ahead. I just follow my heart. I’ve started a book project. My first one has sold out already. I’ve been busy with preparing the next one.


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See more of Li Hui's work on her website and Instagram!