Film & Digital Photography by Tracy Zhang

Film & Digital Photography by Tracy Zhang

I’m 20 year-old treasure hunter from British Columbia, Canada. I grew up in the beautiful city of Vancouver, surrounded by forests, mountains, and the ocean. I started photography before I knew what I wanted to do with my life. When I was in middle school, I signed up for a film photography class because I needed an Arts credit for school. That’s where it all began.

I became obsessed with film. I rolled my own negatives, developed my photographs by hand, and spent every lunch break I could in the dark room. I loved being alone in the dark room; there was this peacefulness as I watched the colors appear on the photo paper, it made me feel one with my work.

Over time, my interest blossomed to digital photography. Having grown up in a scenic city like Vancouver, I was inspired by nature and the outdoors. To this date, I still love to shoot outside, with the sun as my main light.

When I was 17, a friend of mine who was pursuing acting asked me to photograph her headshots. I heartily accepted. A few weeks later, I got a phone call from her talent agent, who was so pleased with the photos that she wanted me to shoot more of her roster. That moment really catalyzed my pursuit of photography.

Since then, I’ve styled editorials for magazines, assisted renowned photographers, and worked with various modeling agencies. Photography has provided me with so many opportunities, taken me to so many beautiful places, and introduced me to so many wonderful people. I was never good at articulating myself in words, but I could always “see” what I wanted to say. Photography has always been liberating to me – there is freedom in photographs.

Looking forward, I’m anxious about all that this world has to offer. Starting in September 2010, I will be traveling across Europe for 8 months, where I hope to collaborate with more talented artists around the world.

Where I’m parked online

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