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ANALOGUE PROFILE SERIES, LIAN LENG

Nickname:   Lian

Age: 32

Home city: Toronto, current living in Boston for almost a year now

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Dream camera: Pentacon Six

References: Yana Bardadim is one of my all time favorite photographer!  Igor Termenon, the founder of Girls/Boys on film (which unfortunately ceased existing as of this year) is also a huge inspiration.

Why film?: I was drawn to film cameras before I was even interested in fashion photography. With my training in mechanical engineering, I was fascinated by the intricate mechanisms behind each camera, and began repairing and collecting a wide variety of analog cameras from the 40s to late 80s. There’s so much more character and subtleties in film that you just can’t find when shooting digital, and I’m so glad that it is slowly re-emerging among young photographers.

New projects: Since I only shoot once in a while and work full time in a research lab, my projects/collaborations always come on the spur of the moment. Generally speaking, I’ll usually just stumble on a model that will catch my attention and ideas will start flowing from there. Recently though, I have re-discovered black and white film (haven’t shot with it for at least 5 years!), and have been really drawn to the more raw and intimate quality of it. I find the lack of colors forces me to focus on composition and allows me to play more with contrasts. I definitely plan to do a lot more test shoots with models this way.

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Website:  www.lian-leng.com – Instagram: @lianleng



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