about

a perpetual tourist in the city…follow me (links below):


When people tell me that I am so lucky to live in a city with so many faces, I tell them art is in the details.  When people tell me that I have a great eye for images, I give credit to the city.

As a self-taught photographer living in New York City, I typically choose everyday objects and people as my inspiration.  Through these images, I seek to engage the audience in sometimes subtle, oftentimes whimsical, exercises in seeing, thinking, and feeling.  I am drawn by settings that reflect the transience of life, the beauty in its wear and tear, and the innately human ability to find uplifting gestures during difficult times or within everyday distractions.

The pattern that emerges from my work across the years is one of simplicity, natural depth, and clear-cut structure.  As a classically trained and professional musician, I find art all around me in the same way as I enjoy shaping music from the sounds of the city and playing with words.

Thank you for visiting.  Subscribe for daily sustenance.

 

161 Responses to “about”

  1. I enjoy the way you ‘see’ the world around you—people, places, nature..et al. Keep the photos coming…..thanks.

  2. thank YOU for your visits and comments! i appreciate your support (smile). you can also click here to rss feed the site for easy access to the newest updates.

    • hi yi-ching! met you at the veggie mart yesterday. couldn’t find your email, so i’m posting a message instead. i love the double rainbow in brooklyn photo you have on your site right now. very pretty. i’m happy to see you posting your work online, and can’t wait to see your ongoing journey!!

  3. Hi! Just wanted to say that your photographs are beautiful! Very inspiring as well :)

  4. Looking Your artworks I exclaimed – WOW! – so often and so loudly that next door neighbour asked me – You purchased dog?

  5. how I can send photo?

  6. Nice website! I started a website on photography too: http://lutgendorffarjen.wordpress.com. You’re welcome to have a look and may vote on the polll. Cheers! Arjen

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  8. i only noticed this page today. silly me. lol. i’d just like to take this opportunity to say how much i enjoy popping over, keep it coming.

  9. Hey Y, it was great to meet you yesterday. Actually it was serendipity for me :)

    I just looked through some of your recent posts and I loved them! Very interesting pics and sorry to sound cliche but really make you think!

    I’d like you add your blog(s) to mine but alas I’m a wordpress (and general tech) ‘dummy’ so please help. I’ve tried it before but I don’t think it worked.

    Well, see around online or off. Check out my “Yes Trail” which better tracks all the things I’ve said “Yes” to since I started writing.

    Good luck and big smiles to you! :D

    • on your admin page, try looking for “Widget,” then “Blogroll.” some themes (like mine) do not have a blogroll. good luck! and yes, i love your “yes trail!”

  10. i happened upon your work this morning. a lovely way to start the day. i enjoyed the photos and the comments associated. peace, heidi

  11. Gorgeous photos. Really beautiful perspective.

  12. Thanks! I find your work and perspective very compelling! Keep it up~

  13. Hey Y,
    Been enjoying your photography for some time now, but can’t remember how I stumbled on your blog. Got it saved in my bookmarks, and check in now and then. You keep posting, and I’ll keep looking. And if you get a chance check out my daughters blog. I think you’ll like it. http://www.giddymultitude.com

    Danny

  14. Happy New Year Y.
    Sorry this took so long. I have manynotes and sticky posts and papers with notes, etc I actually “lost” your info for awhile.lol I’m gonna browse through and take a look around your site. Talk to you soon.

    Christopher-ATL

  15. Very nice photographs, I really liked watching them all and certainly will visit your blog again!

  16. I am so enjoying your poetry on Y’s-Bits. “some tie strings” leaves me tranquil, like watching goldfish under lily pads, like watching cherry blossoms float in slow water, like seeing chakra colors listening to the ocean with my eyes closed. Your line “i drop anchor on the smallest gesture” defuses the stresses of the moment, and nudge me gently to my quiet room within. And the lines “a gentle insistence/to find/my way back” lets the imp of joy, often shakled in my chest, have a moment of rising, twisting up one corner of my dour countenance.
    Reading “even from this far”, endeavoring to grasp the perception of “the entire world spiraling/on the tip of her cigarette/” I applaud all you can express in so few words, magnificent imagery in your language–a tremendous compliment to the artist’s eye, the photographer’s eye you also employ. As a poet, I do not differentiate; both are art, both are reflections of our world filtered through our process. And thanks for visiting my site. It is fun joining you over at the Applehouse Poetry Workshop. :)

    • i’m honored by your warm response and the deep thoughts that you reflect from reading my words. thank you so much. i’m also glad that you caught, “a gentle insistence/to find/my way back” as a second level of meaning.

  17. The image on the Home page today, “balling up”, is very stunning; those obdurate blossoms standing extant despite the frost or hard dew hanging on their delicately folded buds. Often it is a reach to find an image to perfectly fit one’s words, but today this image is more than perfect as a fit for “i have been asked”, your next look into the lexicon of grief poetics. Sometimes as a writing challenge in workshops we can stare an a photo, an image, and see where it leads us poetically. For much of your photography there does not seem to be a demarcation between what you “see”, and record, and what you “feel” and record. That makes you the rarests of artistic flowers, one that embraces more than one expressive medium with equal aplomb.

    • perhaps the demarcation is lessened because i don’t write to a photo, and i don’t generally think too much of the words when selecting a photo to post. what i mean is that i write, and then i go digging into my recent photos for something i wanted to post anyways and then i bind them together in my head. of course, there are much weaker bonds, but i try to steer clear of those (smile). thank you, again, for your wonderful comments.

  18. Your revamped artist’s creed and mission statement on
    this page is quite an improvement, at least in my mind,
    over what may have preceded it. I love what you reveal
    about your life, your photography, and your poetry. Boy,
    will my face be red if this is not a new statement, and
    simply this old man has actually read it and understood
    it for the first time, providing an epiphany of insight
    where none resided heretofore.

  19. I am so enjoying your poetry on Y’s-Bits. “some tie strings” leaves me tranquil, like watching goldfish under lily pads, like watching cherry blossoms float in slow water, like seeing chakra colors listening to the ocean with my eyes closed. Your line “i drop anchor on the smallest gesture” defuses the stresses of the moment, and nudge me gently to my quiet room within. And the lines “a gentle insistence/to find/my way back” lets the imp of joy, often shakled in my chest, have a moment of rising, twisting up one corner of my dour countenance.Reading “even from this far”, endeavoring to grasp the perception of “the entire world spiraling/on the tip of her cigarette/” I applaud all you can express in so few words, magnificent imagery in your language–a tremendous compliment to the artist’s eye, the photographer’s eye you also employ. As a poet, I do not differentiate; both are art, both are reflections of our world filtered through our process. And thanks for visiting my site. It is fun joining you over at the Applehouse Poetry Workshop.
    +1

  20. I am so enjoying your poetry on Y’s-Bits. “some tie strings” leaves me tranquil, like watching goldfish under lily pads, like watching cherry blossoms float in slow water, like seeing chakra colors listening to the ocean with my eyes closed. Your line “i drop anchor on the smallest gesture” defuses the stresses of the moment, and nudge me gently to my quiet room within. And the lines “a gentle insistence/to find/my way back” lets the imp of joy, often shakled in my chest, have a moment of rising, twisting up one corner of my dour countenance.Reading “even from this far”, endeavoring to grasp the perception of “the entire world spiraling/on the tip of her cigarette/” I applaud all you can express in so few words, magnificent imagery in your language–a tremendous compliment to the artist’s eye, the photographer’s eye you also employ. As a poet, I do not differentiate; both are art, both are reflections of our world filtered through our process. And thanks for visiting my site. It is fun joining you over at the Applehouse Poetry Workshop. +1
    +1

  21. very cool blog, yi-ching. b/c it’s been so long i forgot how talented you always were. and obviously are.

  22. Subscribing for your beautiful pics.

  23. I Love you!!! Mark

  24. Hi Yi,
    Last Friday was a blast at Paul’s Birthday Party. It was good to see you again. Recently, I wrote a new composition. I would like to share it with you via e-mail. Please send me your e-mail.
    Paul’s Dad

  25. Hi Yi-Ching,

    This is Shahana, Aliya’s mom. I’m so glad to have found you online since I had misplaced your contact info. I’d love to get together with you. Please email me when you have a minute. I love your photos!
    Cheers, Shahana

  26. hi yi-ching,
    you have realized a wonderful aesthetic concept for your website. congratulations! and be glad to live in the most interesting city of the world!
    visit my NYC memories:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/frizztext/sets/72157613455483112/

    frizztext, Germany

  27. Hi Yi-Ching, really nice blog…not just photographically…but I also like the food! Hope to see more posts on tasty food…hehe

  28. First time here. Great work Y. I look forward to seeing more!

  29. Hello, I stumbled upon your blog and just love everything about it.

  30. You are an artist!
    Amazing snaps… a very creative translation of routine life!
    Keep up the great work!

    • thank you! i hope you enjoyed the writing as well.

      • I enjoy your writing…

        My apologies, Please delete my accidental reply to your Coney Island jetty photo. I wanted to write some haiku attempts and ask your permission to post some of them, but I pressed the wrong button. I know it sounds lame but it happened. The spacing is wrong too. I am sorry for messing your blog up. On my old blog, the writer had editing privileges. So, please excuse the interruption and delete it.

        Thank You,

        martin

  31. i don’t mind it and don’t think it’s “messing [the] blog up,” but i’ll delete it, if you wish.

  32. After having browsed through you website, I find it to be kaleidoscope of low key, lovely and lively pictures. It’s certainly full of subtleties but at the same time your clear vision of life around you. I have enjoyed strolling around your city of a blog.

  33. Great shots!

  34. hi yi-ching. just wanted to say thank you for your inspiring poetry and photography and as a show of gratitude I’ve included your site for a Versatile Blogger Award!

  35. Your pictures always refresh and surprise me. Thank you.

  36. Yi Ching,

    Nice to find you here. Awesome pictures… Love the variety and selection… Subscribing.. :)

  37. Hi, I just happened upon your blog and am so delighted to discover your work. I’ll definitely be tuning in and look forward to future posts.

  38. you have a beautiful space here – filled with creativity

  39. finally found your blog. wow!

  40. Hello Yi-Ching,
    I really love your pictures !!!
    I hope you will like the fact that I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award.
    Cheers
    Mathias

  41. We’ve nominated your wonderful blog for some awards (should you choose to accept them)—in fact one of several, your pick ;-) See http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/06/08/its-awards-time-again/

  42. Great blog, your pictures are fantastic!

  43. Hello there, I just nominated you for the Lovely award blog. Didn’t even think twice :)

    http://ahamin.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/in-appreciation-for-my-writing/

    Best regards
    A. H. Amin

  44. Your Blog is a great contribution for entire blogosphere Yi-ching

  45. Hello! I see you received it already, but I nominated you for the Liebster award. Your work is really lovely: simple, beautiful and fresh. You have an eye for bringing out the beauty in the everyday: http://searchingtosee.com/2012/07/10/spreading-the-love/ Thank you! Emilyx

  46. Just found you via Emily’s site – what beautiful work! I look forward to seeing more! :)

  47. I’m inviting/nominating you to a photo travel blog contest the 7 super shots I’d heard about, in you would like to be part of the details are on http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/7-super-shots/my blog

  48. thank you for the nomination! this is quite fun, but i wonder how my WP theme will accomodate, so i’ve put it here (8, instead of 7):

    • A photo that…takes my breath away

    http://yichinglin.com/2009/07/16/chocolates/

    • A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

    http://yichinglin.com/2009/06/26/break/

    • A photo that…makes me dream

    http://yichinglin.com/2009/06/14/flight/

    • A photo that…makes me think

    http://yichinglin.com/2009/11/19/bent/

    • A photo that…makes my mouth water

    http://yichinglin.com/2012/02/28/special-of-the-day/

    • A photo that…tells a story

    http://yichinglin.com/2009/07/28/lunch/

    • A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

    http://yichinglin.com/2012/07/04/jade/

    http://yichinglin.com/2009/10/29/ballet/

    thank you for the inspiration!

    cheers,
    y

  49. Y,
    Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I’ve setup my own photography blog now. You’ve inspired me to create a blog around just my photos.
    It’s here http://stephenkelloggphotography.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!

    Stephen

  50. Hi, a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate your photo style. Thanks for tharing your art with the rest of us.
    – Pierre from Switzerland

  51. Hello my favorite photographer, it’s been a long time since I commented on any of your posts, been extremely busy.
    Any how, I wanted to tell you that I have nominated your blog again, what can I say, I like what I see, you are a talented photographer.

    Here’s the link, have a good day.

    http://ahamin.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/a-new-award-for-my-blog/

  52. Because I like your work I have you nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. More information about, you can find here: http://buntscheck.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/very-inspiring-blogger-award-nomination/
    Have a good time! Susanne

  53. Hello there,

    I know, I know, I have nominated you before, but what can I say, you are still aces in my book, you really deserve them.

    http://ahamin.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/the-one-lovely-blog-award/

    Have a wonderful day.

    Yours truly,

    A. H. Amin

  54. thank you, A. H.!! what do the letters stand for? or is it a mystery in your memory box? (smile)

  55. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-E4. All the best!

  56. You seem to look upon the world in a way I can relate to, even though we live in different parts of it. My english is not good enough to express what I see in your photos in a few words, but I like them! I will come back later, to take a closer look.

    • thank you so much for visiting. i love the visions of your city that you share on your blog – so colorful, brilliant, and warm. thank you for your follow, and keep up your beautiful work!

  57. Thank you for letting us see your world through your lens and camera! Beautifully real pictures of life.

  58. Beautiful images, you have a good eye for a picture. Ian

  59. Love your blog! Very inspiring.

  60. Hello Yi Ching Lin,

    Your blog is wonderful and your journey is fascinating. Thank you for sharing the wonderful images of the world to all of us. Keep doing what you do, and you become another candle that lights the heart of humanity. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

    Subhan Zein

  61. We’ve nominated your blog for an award (or two, or three…), if you accept them. If not, just consider it a token of our esteem! :-) See our post at http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/01/13/award-appreciation-we-thank-our-readers-for/

  62. That is a great self (?) portrait.

  63. I have nominated you for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ Congratulations!!!

    http://wp.me/p2ddEF-1kS

  64. I’m quite fond of the paradigm you live in :)

  65. We are glad to nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Love your posts. Please visit the page: http://bwbears.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/101th-post-and-2-awards/

  66. Lovely pictures! You’ve got a nice deft touch that captures the everyday!

  67. Hello Kiddo,

    I hope all is well at your end. I have always enjoyed seeing through your lens, which is why I nominated you, for the 100th time ;P.

    Enjoy your day.

    ~ Amin

  68. Wow!
    Thank god for the 3 words challenge.
    Your photographs are simply stunning.
    I am amazed!

  69. I simply love the description you made of yourself. About photography, I have the same way of thinking. Sometimes I wanna do a post about the trip X, and when I’m choosing the pictures, I realize that I dont have THAT bridge, THAT building, THAT street. Instead, I have that padlocker in the bridge, I have the lamp in that building, or I have the lines painted in that street. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, and I get myself thinking “but when I look to these pictures 10 years from now, I won’t remember how the square, building and street looked like, because I just have the details”… Should I worry about it? :)

  70. I’m honored to have the opportunity of reading your work…

  71. I have nominated you for the WordPress Family Award because I feel like you are part of my WordPress Family. If you are interested in accepting this nomination, please click this link: http://crowarrowinc.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/my-very-first-award/

    Thank you and welcome to my WordPress Family!

  72. There is so much to see in our own town. Much simpler.

  73. hi Yi-Ching

    I don’t know where you are.. (new york?) but you portray it well. I love your the feel in your work. maybe it’s because i think we have pretty similar styles in photography :)

    I envy you for your locale. When I was in NYC earlier this year, i could see the infinite possibilities of frames to be captured. Here where I am in Singapore, it’s easy to get jaded.

    Keep updating! I’ll be following!

    • thank you so much for your compliments. i’ve never been to Singapore, but when i see photos from there, i feel like the possibilities are endless as well. i think my “about” page tries to convey that there is beauty in everyday objects, and whether i’m in the city, the countryside, or the suburbs, there are things to cherish with your camera and framing. just try it out! thank you, again, for the follow!

  74. Good morning from England :) I have something you need to look at over here please ;) http://mojowritin.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/roll-out-the-red-carpet/

  75. Amazing photography. Respect for self taught photographers. :)

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