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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.
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I enjoy the way you ‘see’ the world around you—people, places, nature..et al. Keep the photos coming…..thanks.
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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!!
Hi! Just wanted to say that your photographs are beautiful! Very inspiring as well 🙂
thank you so much!
Looking Your artworks I exclaimed – WOW! – so often and so loudly that next door neighbour asked me – You purchased dog?
how I can send photo?
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
oh, how lovely! thank you for sharing your website, Arjen. your nature images are like paintings!
Gorgeous! Great work!
Thank you, Bret!!
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.
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! 😀
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!”
i happened upon your work this morning. a lovely way to start the day. i enjoyed the photos and the comments associated. peace, heidi
thank you, Heidi, for your compliments and for visiting. here’s something you might enjoy: a seal of approval (<– click here) (smile)
Gorgeous photos. Really beautiful perspective.
thank you for visiting, Michelle!
Thanks! I find your work and perspective very compelling! Keep it up~
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
thank you, Danny – and thank you for sharing the link!
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.
thanks for stopping by, and happy new year to you!
Very nice photographs, I really liked watching them all and certainly will visit your blog again!
thank you so much for coming by! cheers, y
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.
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.
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.
thank you! i think it was time to add a bit more substance! (smile)
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.
my dear, thank you for such lovely compliments! i’m floored, truly. thank you, again, for visiting!
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
very cool blog, yi-ching. b/c it’s been so long i forgot how talented you always were. and obviously are.
thank you, Dusty – i appreciate your visits, and you are much too kind.
Subscribing for your beautiful pics.
thank you, Travis!! happy 2011!
I Love you!!! Mark
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.
hi, Paul’s Dad!! i’d love to hear it. check your email – and thank you for visiting!
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!
thank you for reaching out – see you on Sunday!
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:
wow! thank you for sharing your nyc photos. they are really lovely – are you really making a book?
Hi Yi-Ching, really nice blog…not just photographically…but I also like the food! Hope to see more posts on tasty food…hehe
thank you so much for your visits – definitely come back for more food! (smile)
First time here. Great work Y. I look forward to seeing more!
awesome of you to come by! please visit again, and i look forward to seeing more of yours as well!
Hello, I stumbled upon your blog and just love everything about it.
thank you! i hope you visit again, and thank you so much for subscribing! (smile)
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.
i don’t mind it and don’t think it’s “messing [the] blog up,” but i’ll delete it, if you wish.
Nice post, I love the website.
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.
thank you for your kind words. i hope you also spent some time reading the daily words (smile). cheers, y
thank you so much for visiting!
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!
Susan, you’re too sweet!! thank YOU!! i’m honored to be acknowledged as a “Versatile Blogger” – wow!
Your pictures always refresh and surprise me. Thank you.
thank you, R! that is so sweet – i hope they continue to do so. thank you for subscribing!
Nice to find you here. Awesome pictures… Love the variety and selection… Subscribing.. 🙂
thank you for subscribing! i’m so glad you enjoy so many of my photos and “Liked” them. i appreciate your support!
Hi. I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award 🙂 http://didised.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/the-liebster-blog-award-or-how-to-spread-the-blog-love/
Wowee! thank you for the honor! have a wonderful and fruitful New Year!! cheers, y
love your work!
i’m so glad you’ve dropped by. please feel free to subscribe for daily doses! cheers, y
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.
thank you so much – i also enjoyed your bubbles shots. great job. thank you for subscribing to my daily doses! cheers, y
you have a beautiful space here – filled with creativity
thank you so much for subscribing and for your kind words!
finally found your blog. wow!
I really love your pictures !!!
I hope you will like the fact that I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award.
wow, i am honored! thank you so much, Mathias. i also enjoy your beautiful work, so i am thrilled. it looks like you’ve put in a lot of work accepting all of your awards, too! (smile) cheers, y
You’re welcome ! It’s a pleasure to visit your blog !!
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/
thank you, both, for your nomination(s). i appreciate the support and honor. best, y
Great blog, your pictures are fantastic!
thank you so much!! how did you find it?
Hello there, I just nominated you for the Lovely award blog. Didn’t even think twice 🙂
A. H. Amin
thank you, A.H.! i’m honored to be among the fabulous women you’ve nominated!! cheers, y
Your Blog is a great contribution for entire blogosphere Yi-ching
aww…that is so sweet! i’m glad that i have some really lovely and stalwart supporters (smile). thank you!!
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
thank you so much for the lovely award. i LOVE your 11 lovely things list – i feel the sand between my toes now! best, y
Just found you via Emily’s site – what beautiful work! I look forward to seeing more! 🙂
thanks to Emily for the mention and award, and thank you for checking my blog out!
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
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
• A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
• A photo that…makes me dream
• A photo that…makes me think
• A photo that…makes my mouth water
• A photo that…tells a story
• A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
thank you for the inspiration!
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/
cool! thank you for letting me know – visiting right now (smile).
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
thank you so much, Pierre from Switzerland!!
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.
thank you, again, for a second nomination! wow, i’m honored!
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
thank you, Susanne! i so appreciate your nomination and encouragements!!
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.
Have a wonderful day.
A. H. Amin
thank you, A.H.! i’m glad i’m “aces” – wow!! (smile), y
You’re welcome… and its A. H. Amin by the way 🙂
thank you, A. H.!! what do the letters stand for? or is it a mystery in your memory box? (smile)
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!
thank you so much for the nomination! i’m touched! best, y
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!
🙂 Thank you!
Thank you for letting us see your world through your lens and camera! Beautifully real pictures of life.
thank you so much! if you haven’t yet, please feel free to subscribe to daily doses!
Beautiful images, you have a good eye for a picture. Ian
thank you so much. please feel free to subscribe for daily doses of photos and a bit of writing (smile).
Love your blog! Very inspiring.
thank you so much – enjoy the daily doses!
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. 🙂
you are so kind. thank you, Subhan, for your visit and follow.
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/
thank you, again! just caught this in my Spam folder.
That is a great self (?) portrait.
thank you so much for liking the self-portrait and subscribing for daily doses!! (smile), y
I have nominated you for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ Congratulations!!!
ooo! thank you so much, Sofie! i’m honored!
I’m quite fond of the paradigm you live in 🙂
thank you! i appreciate the follows!
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/
thank you so much, bwbears! i’m very glad to receive an inspiring award! wow!
Lovely pictures! You’ve got a nice deft touch that captures the everyday!
thank you so much! i enjoy your trip photos, too!
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.
for “the 100th time” (smile), thank YOU, A.H.! i’m flabbergasted!
Thank god for the 3 words challenge.
Your photographs are simply stunning.
I am amazed!
aww, you’re super sweet. the 3-words challenge would be nothing if there weren’t writers like you taking it on! thank you so much, Shreya! (smile), y
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? 🙂
thank you for your words. i’m also talking to myself here when i say that sometimes you have to step back and see the bigger picture. i often remind myself to take at least one photo widely, if not to share, then for posterity’s sake (smile).
Haha! I do the same. It’s only for comforting myself 🙂
I’m honored to have the opportunity of reading your work…
Chris, i am honored that you feel that way (smile). thank you so much for taking the time.
Hi! I awarded you the Liebster Award 🙂 .
thank you so much! glad you like the food porn! (smile)
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!
i think this is the sweetest award ever!! thank you so much, Angela!! have a wonderful weekend, y
You are welcome and have a wonderful weekend as well!
There is so much to see in our own town. Much simpler.
(smile) thank you for your visits!
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!
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/
thank you for the beautiful award!! xx, Y
Amazing photography. Respect for self taught photographers. 🙂
thank you for visiting – please follow for daily doses!
I am already following for daily doses!! 🙂
nice! thank you!!
This blog feel beautifully clean & crisp. Wonderful photography.
thank you so much!
We really mean it. It is beautiful.
thank you, again – i’m intrigued and excited for you as the two of you (and companions) go on your quests! (smile)
Thanks. Delighted to have discovered you here. Many more visits in store. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.
thank you so much, Thom!
Hope you find much to enjoy on the Jukebox
Hey there… guess what? I have nominated you.
You really deserve it 😉
i guess the fifth time is the charm (smile). thank you for all of the accolades – it definitely inspires me to be better. xx, y
Love that photo of you…how did you get that effect?
thank you – i moved (smile).
Ha! The best things are the easiest things…
I love the way you see things and then go on to capture them! surely inspiring for photography enthusiasts!
thank you so much for your kind words!
Your work is marvelous!
thank you so much, M. N.!
What amazing work. You are extremely gifted.
thank you so much for visiting, Keith!
i have always found your art unique full of a childlike wonder, yet full of honest detail…
i had never in giving thought you would a musician?
You talk of creating music from the city, have ever try the sounds of nature?
Drifting science, living magick.. The beauty of the human mind, throughout creative live ability…
i truly lov your view!
Sweet soft kisses..
i always found your post creative an illuminating
with an honest taste of your loving heart…
best wishes always chris
thank you so much for your kind words!