Jing Huang, born in Guangzhou and now a resident of Shenzhen, China, was just named as the recipient this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. His self-selected portfolio of 12 black-and-white fine art images shot with his beloved Leica M4-P were chosen from over 2,000 entries. His favorite image in the group: “The picture of a kitten walking along a fallen tree branch, which makes me imagine a journey to an unknown destination.” A graduate in Photography and Digital Art from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Huang’s provocative and often whimsically surreal images convey a sense of the magical in outwardly ordinary scenes. “Perhaps we all have that sense of magic deep in our hearts,” says Huang prophetically. “All that is necessary to release the passion of this inner magic is a tool which, to me, is a camera.” What follows is the underlying story of that passion expressed by Jing Huang.
Q: You mention that you see the world from “an Oriental point of view” and your photographs, especially those of plant life, do seem to have an Asian sensibility. Do you think you have been influenced by traditional Chinese art and can you say something more about how your culture speaks through your images?
A: Absolutely I am much inspired by our own culture heritage, both philosophy and arts. Chinese express emotions through metaphor. That is a very common syntax for Chinese poetry. I like this implicit way of story telling.
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