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Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Shi.

Kevin, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My interest in art world was awaken and influenced at early stage by my father, who was a traditional Chinese brush painter. But, I didn’t start to pursue my artistic passion until my 30s. I got into photography when I visited United States at first time. I was amazed by the beautiful landscape of West Coast of US, decided to take my impression with me to China, to show to my family and friends the images of US. I bought my first camera at a Palo Alto, at a 2nd-hand camera shop, it’s a Minolta SLR. The first several rolls of film that I shot were not that impressive. It’s either overexposed or under exposed. But it didn’t discourage me, in contrast, I fell in love with photography. I found it’s a prefect medium to help me to express my point of view through lens.

Later, I immigrated to USA as an IT engineer. It gave me more chances to explore and learn photography. I enrolled myself into photography classes, joined photo workshops and got involve with local and on-line photography communities. It really helped me to enhance and polish my skills as a photographer. I love all genres of photography, from landscape to street photos. But my true passion is to take picture of people, in particular, I am very interested in interactive relationship between human beings and their surrounding environment. I want to use my camera as a tool to illustrate those relationships around the world. As a long time subscriber and a big fan of National Geography, my photo style is heavily influenced by the magazine. It’s my lifetime dream to publish my photos in NG. In 2015 and 2017, it was very excited to have my photos published full page by National Geography Traveler Magazine in US and Spain respectively. Last year, I decided to become a full time photographer. I am still trying to figure out what my business focus should be. In the meantime, I started a personal photo projected called, “Awesome People in Pacific Beach”. The purpose of the project is showcase of people who live and breathe in the PB neighbor and document how they cope with changes.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My photography art is about relationship. Relationship between nature and human or inter-person relationship. I make travel photography and portraits (location and studio portrait). I travel around world to discover any interesting place and people that can illustrate human history (past and current) or the landscapes that inspire us. While not travel, I do portraits for local community, either on the location or in studio. I hope, through my pictures, people can realize that we are just part of nature world, we are neither above nor below the nature. Whatever we do, that will have impacts on this earth, for better or worse.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
No, I don’t think the artists role has changed. Artists’ power is limited and they never were decision makers in human history. But art can change people and artist can become an influencer. Through our arts, we can tell a story or provide an educational information that can inspire and encourage people to do better to their lives. Personally, I try not to be easily affected by local, national or international contemporary events or issues. I’d like to observe the world in a long term than a short term view.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can discover my works through my web site: sunstone.myportfolio.com or Instagram (www.instagram.com/sunstone2010), Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/shiyuphotos/with/26675852218/) and 500px (500px.com/yushi2). They can support me by buying my photography works.

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