Zhang’s interest in photography has slowly evolved over the years. When he was 12, he played around with a film camera. When he went to university in the UK, his dad bought him a digital camera so he could send photos back to his mother. Back then, he only shot with the auto mode and did not pay attention to the photography techniques or settings.
Zhang’s attitude changed when he got his first DSLR camera in 2008. “Right after unboxing my Nikon D40x Digital SLR Camera with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens, I started shooting. But since I did not know much about all those important aspects such as aperture, shutter speed, etc., I got very disappointed with the results. I sat back and started to look at beautiful photos on Flickr, thinking: I want to learn how to take a good photo.”
The Beijing-born and bred photographer still finds inspiration on Flickr and also on other popular photography platforms like Instagram. Zhang also gets inspired from books, magazines and especially movies. “I do not have one particular style, and I find inspiration from many different sources. As a result, my portfolio offers a variety of photos.”
Zhang believes that there are more to one’s personal style than just techniques. “For me, style is also about having a very strong connection with personal experiences and about the way you see this world. These things change along with your age. Therefore, I have not defined myself into a certain style of photography as it keeps evolving.” Besides shooting urbanscapes and iconic architecture in the city, Zhang will occasionally press the shutter, capturing portraits and landscapes too.