Xuebing Du is a San Francisco based photographer and designer, who is pursuing her MFA in Web Design and New Media at the Academy of Art University.
When and where did you interest in photography spark for you?
I got into photography in the past couple years when I went on to different road trips in California. I was inspired by the texture and colors in nature.
Do you have a particular favorite camera that you use?
I follow the philosophy that the best camera is the one I have on me. Recently I’m focusing on the 50mm focal range, because it allows me to frame the shot before I pick up the camera.
Do you still find yourself snapping images on the go with your mobile device?
I don’t feel the camera in my phone matches the quality of my physical camera, as it doesn’t allow me to recreate range and texture of the subject.
Where do your biggest photography inspirations come from?
I think it comes from everywhere. Nature and people around me really inspire me. When I see something catches my eye, I capture it and recreate the feeling.
Tell me about the pink car, how and what drew you into it?
I was walking down the street, the rustic charm of the vintage car caught my eye and I want to capture and recreate inspiration for this work, William Eggleston. He used to photograph a lot of vintage cars using film. I the modern era, people are really embracing digital photography and present subjects in a clear and sharp way. What I’m trying to do with this series is to use digital photography to achieve a touch of the film feel Mr. Eggleston had, to bring
people back to the old times.
Is there a certain photography style that you enjoy more?
I have an interest in all forms of photography, but I’m very much drawn to texture, tones and nature. Recently I started focusing developing portraiture..
Have there been any personal icons that have inspired your unique photography style?
I draw my inspirations from paintings and drawings and I also listen to music to help recreate a feeling in my work.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started shooting with a camera?
I wish I had a better understanding of how lighting changes the mood and feel of my work.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a freelance fashion writer, poet,
photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.