Li Shen - About Me
Li (Lilian) Shen was born in London, UK. She came to the USA in 1979 to further a career in biomedical research. Li currently lives in Thetford Vermont. Alongside the pursuit of science she has worked in several different art media over the years, starting with drawing and painting, then ceramics and clay sculpture, transitioning into welded and mixed media works. She has always had an interest in photography but did not devote herself to this medium in any depth till 2013. Li is inspired by photographers in many different genres, but particularly street photography and cultural documentary - the multilayered work of Alex Webb and also classic masters like Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Matt Stuart, Steve McCurry, and others. In a completely different vein, the still life and cultural paintings by Dutch and Italian Masters are a source of ideas and enlightenment about composition, lighting, and atmosphere. In her photography endeavors, Li has been largely self-taught, referring to books and the internet for information, plus a lot of trial and error. She received valuable insights from photo tour leaders David Wells and Harry Fisch with whom she enjoyed memorable excursions into India, Cuba, Nepal and lastly Ethiopia. Her efforts have started to pay off, her work has been juried into numerous photography exhibitions at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont, The Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont, and an exhibit of artists’ books at the Artistree Gallery in Pomfret, Vermont. Her present goals include producing a cohesive photography project through a series of still life works and continuing to interpret the world around her through the lens.
My Comments on Using the Leica IIIa
Photos Taken by Li