Weixi Lin | Moments in Time

Text by S.

Moments in Time | Photography by Weixi Lin
Moments in Time | Photography by Weixi Lin

As the youngest photographer, Weixi Lin was invited to attend “Beyond One Step” Biennale (2013) in Derby Museum, UK, and Lishui International Photography Festival (2013). The photography series exhibited was this project Moments in Time taken by phones.

Why does it have to be phone photography? Her answer is headstrong, but honest, “Cameras could not reach the speed of catching anything inspired in very short moments, but smartphones do. Also, the phone I am holding all the time, recording any moment impressing me, deciding the colors and frame sizes emotionally, helps me to remember how I was in that moment – this is why my project’s name is Moments in Time. Specially, when recording has become an irreplaceable part of my life, tools don’t matter anymore.”

It minds me how Walter Benjamin disputed the futile thoughts about the question of whether photography is an art in nineteenth-century – The primary question — whether the very invention of photography had not transformed the entire nature of art — was not raised. I bet he could never imagine the fashion of phone photography has brought a historic impact on camera photography. Do not agree? See how many complaints are there in social networks since Instagram has been censored.

If compare human eyes to a camera, this could be the one with 576 million pixels, an absolute extreme value. This is the reason why our visual experience is always ahead of other senses. How to capture this experience in the most immediate way? Nothing could compare the smartphone you are holding in hands all the time, just as Weixi Lin mentioned in her interview.

What She Was Looking For – this has been the main question along with me when I look at this group of photographs. Perhaps she did not sense it and never tried to put this “Looking For” in her shooting schedule. It seems that kinds of strong subconscious invests with power and innocence in Lin’s photography — the unbalanced junction, boundless ocean, strangers’ backs, shape of filament, snow traces, withered branches, reflective shoes standing on the bloody floor, bottomless swirl, etc. She has broken the boundaries between one project corresponds to one content or narrative, which is like puzzle pieces, as long as you put them together, the whole story of life makes sense.

“Moments in Time” was mainly taken in a very critical year of Lin’s. In that year, Lin lost one of most important person in life. With the huge sense of sadness and emptiness, she started over in a completely new country immediately. Precisely because of the fear of attacking by blank, she has to shoot and record constantly, trying the best to refill the black hole in heart, and to tidy up the fleeting moments in life. The most attractive part of this phone photography project is that Lin hangs herself in whether high saturation color photographs or high contract black and white pictures to express the struggles and fights she has been going through with strong emotions.

Maybe the one she has been looking for — is just self.

Moments in Time | Photography by Weixi Lin
Moments in Time | Photography by Weixi Lin
Moments in Time | Photography by Weixi Lin
Moments in Time | Photography by Weixi Lin
Moments in Time
Moments in Time

WEIXI LIN is a photographer who was born in 1990, based in Hangzhou, China. Graduated in Nottingham Trent University, MA Photography, 2012, Weixi Lin has been exploring photography and installation art with practice and critical thinking. She worked as an editor and book designer in Zhejiang Photographic Press.

Selected Photography Exhibitions in China (APRIL)

1.Eternal Flame

Barbara Morgan Photography Exhibition

2014.03.9 – 2014.04.27

A1-8 Jumbo Garden, Yunqishi. No 6 Baiyun Rd.

Xicheng District,Beijing

Timeless Gallery


Barbara Morgen


2.Polluted Landscape

Lu Guang Photography Exhibition

2014.03.22 — 2014.4.25

798 Photo Gallery

No 4.Jiuxianqiao Rd, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District



3.High Place

Li Wei Photography

2014.03.13 -2014.4.26

Galerie Paris-Beijing

No 4.Jiuxianqiao Rd, 798 Art District,

Chaoyang District,Beijing


High Place,Boxing, Beijing


4.What I’ve Done Is to Record the People I Met during My Lifetime

Jan Saudek Photography Exhibition

2014.03.16 – 2014.03.24

OFOTO Gallery

2F, Building 13, 50 Moganshan Rd.Shanghai



5.Walking From Hibernation

Shan Feiming Photography Exhibition

2014.02.15– 2014.5.11

M97 Gallery

No. 97, Moganshan Road, 2nd floor, Shanghai


Shan Feiming Photography

Zhang Jin Photography: Another Season, Three Shadow +3 Gallery

Another Season/Entrance, 2010 Photographer: Zhang Jin

His pictures of emptiness trace the life of ancient Chinese and involve viewers to make a dialogue with history, says Yizhong Ruan

An inaugural photography exhibition of Zhang Jin’s “Another Season” was held in Three Shadows + 3 gallery. This is the first solo exhibition of Zhang Jin after his winning on TSPA 2012. The complete series of “Another Season” contains 81 prints, themed ancient silk-road landscapes in western China, which divided into two parts addressing concepts regarding “trace of present live” and “cycle of change”.

Zhang Jin (b.1978) is a freelance photographer based in Chengdu. In 2012, he was awarded the most prestigious photography award in China initiated by Three Shadows Photography Center, which attracted approximately 358 candidates last year. Zhang Jin traveled through the eastern section of the ancient Silk Road from Xi’an to Yangguan during 2010 to 2013. Whilst he was there, he positioned himself inside the landscapes of his imagination and shot a photo series entitled Another Season during the year. As he mentioned ‘it’s the road of Buddhism coming to China, where I find my enthusiasm for the grand desert. Moreover, it has my encounter with the unknown landscape’.

Zhang Jin’s work is the adaptation of photography to Chinese philosophical and aesthetic concepts – especially through a dialogue with different kinds of representation found in various Chinese poetry and painting. As photographer says, “there are traces from the ancient civilization and the most important is an exploration for a seer. There are also natural creatures, which persistently and simply exist everywhere regardless of the dynasty or nation changes over time, with the primitive strength born from basic instinct.”

Beneath the surface of the self-consciously ‘poetic’ motifs, the landscape he shows in these photographs feel calm and peaceful. The middle format, together with the loose contrast between the soft focus and pale grounds in Zhang Jin’s photograph, evokes the aesthetics of Chinese Shan Shui painting. Also, in terms of narrative, when we look at photographs from Another Season, viewers can enter and travel through each part of the picture in turn, going from one to the other – we shall be as little bothered by the lack of a uniform viewpoint as we would be.

About Exhibition:

Zhang Jin Photography “Another Season”


Three Shadows +3 gallery


About Photographer: www.lakezhan.com


Another Season/Empty Mountain, 2011 Photographer: Zhang Jin
Another Season/The Circle of Change, 2011 Photographer: Zhang Jin