Lingxue (Luna) Hao is a photographer from China who now studies and lives in Savannah, USA. After working as a food photographer for two years, she turned her focus to telling stories using visual language. She is particularly interested in finding beauty from ordinary and mundane and creating virtual dairy based on every day’s love, loss, and reflection. Besides, she also prefers to use photographic books to display her work and is very experienced in making different handmade books.

What is one thing you’d like our readers to know about you?

I am a female photographer from China and currently living in Savannah, GA. My particle interest is using my camera to tell visual stories. At the same time, I enjoy making photography books to display my work.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

For me, taking pictures is a way of observing life. So, the daily routine is the source of my creative inspiration. In my creative process, I don't have a precise plan. I always carry a camera with me to capture the moments and sparks of my ordinary life. Sometimes they can be particular things, like home furnishings or outdoor sights, or abstract objects, such as subtle lighting or unique color palettes.

Why do you create and how has your art practice affected your life?

I just graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA degree. During the years in school, I photographed myself suffering from Major Depressive Disorder and recorded the changes in my mentality and state during the treatment of depression in the form of a visual diary. For me, photography is an essential way of communicating with the world. The camera and the process of photographing created a space between me, my life, and my disease. In this space, I can get an objective view of my life with the disease. For me, photographing my own pain and being able to observe my life has led to my continued interest in photographing. The experience and the act of photographing have created a virtuous cycle that has given me more courage to fight depression.