Xiao Yang is a self-taught photographer who is based in Beijing,China.
She studied and worked as a user experience designer in several international companies like Microsoft, Motorola and Alibaba for many years. Since she is a big fan of travelling, she now works for a Chinese travel company QYER.COM (穷游网）which is one of the biggest online travel community websites in China, mainly focuses on providing the oversea travelling service for independent travellers.
Travel abroad and taking photographs takes a very important role in her life, so far she has visited more than 20 countries in the world. Photography may be not her full time job, but it's more like her full time obsession.
She is the contract photographer for GettyImages now and her photographs have been published and featured on many magazines,newspapers and books, such as: 'Photographic Travel Magazine', 'N-Photo', 'Travellers', 'Beijing Review' etc.
As a night photography addict and light painting enthusiast, exploration in derelict places is one of the main topics in my photographs.
I'm fascinated by the relationship with our human-made environment. Everywhere people go, we leave traces in the spaces and stories behind.They accumulate like coral, each generation laying down a new layer of cultural sediment for the next generation to live upon, above, around.
Those abandoned monuments, houses, factories, castles and sewers,empty and eerily quiet at night in darkness. But the existence of them actually speaks for themselves, waiting for us to discover and listen their stories - no matter sad, absurd, heart-broken or beautiful, these are all shinning in the dark, waiting for us to reap.
Simply documenting those buildings' stories is the not the only thing I want to achieve. By controlling the light and time via light painting photography, I want to re-create them and build the "connection" between the observer and the observed. They are transformed on my pictures and generate the "unique" stories only belong to me.
Create surreality in reality is a fascinated and unspeakable game to play, and it always motivates me to keep going on the exploration.
For checking more photographs of mine, please visit my Flickr page: www.flickr.com/inhiu