Behind the Photo: Yilong Jiang

Zeh Daruwalla

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Behind the Photos is a section where we interview photographers about one of their photos and their approach to the art.

Where were you and what were you doing while taking this photo?

I was going on a walk with my girlfriend and I was trying to test out the point and shoot camera I’ve just acquired. 

What part of this photo do you like the most?

I really like the banner as it speaks for everybody.  Everyone is having a bad time during this pandemic and I think banners and words like this really cheer people up to keep going.

What do you do to stay inspired to create?

I always try to find interesting gear and film stock to see what kind of results I can get from them.  It is this novel feeling that keeps me going.

What kind of films do you enjoy using most?

35mm wise I love Fujifilm superia 400 as it is really versatile and you can over expose it to add more saturation and contrast easily. For 120 film I like the Fujifilm pro400h as it has almost the same characteristics as the superia but the grain is a little finer.

Out of the cameras you own, which one do you use most? Why do you use it the most?

My trusty Leica M3.  I have used it for about 10 rolls now and I am just so used to it that I don’t need to think about how to set the camera up as it is becoming automatic now.

Is there a place you’ve wanted to go to take pictures of for a while? If so where is it and what draws you to that location?

Tibet would be a really nice place to be.  Not only I will be able to capture the amazing landscape there, I can also take people’s portrait or do street photography in the streets of Tibet.

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