Interview with Rongguang Ye, China

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Rongguang Ye – The Winner of Documentary & Street Category at B&W Child 2018 Photo Competition, 2nd Half

Q: Dear Rongguang Ye, first of all, we would like to congratulate you on winning the Documentary Category at B&W Child 2018 Photo Competition, 2nd Half! How does it feel to be a category winner on our contest?

A:Surprise! And I am really happy to be recognized!

“Believer” by Rongguang Ye

Q: Can you introduce us to Rongguang Ye? How old are you? What’s your background? Is photography your full-time job?

A: I am Female, 53 years old! I have worked as a teacher and bank clerk. Now free. Enjoy listening to music, poetry and painting in my spare time. Six years ago, I saw some picture material articles that introduced old photos and the history of photography by accident. Many classic old photos shocked me deeply which let me to pick up the camera to record the humanistic care of the moment or story. Photography is my hobby now! And it become the most important part of my life.

“Man on the rail” by Rongguang Ye

Q: When did you start with photography?

A: In 2013, I began to learn by myself, it has been more than five years now.

Q: Your winning photograph is out of this world! Can you please tell us where did you take this photo and what’s the story behind it?

A: The award-winning photo was taken at the fish terminal at Gita Lane in Bangladesh. In the morning,  the fish dock was busy with workers carrying fish and people who traded fish. These were the main subjects of the original plan, but my eyes were attracted by the backs of several children, and I walked over to see a vendor in the temporary shed to copy the chicken, when the chicken was fished out . Their faces are tightly attached to the shed, and the faces of the children through the shed are both innocent and heartbreaking. I think that children may not were able to afford it and can only solve the problem in this way.

1st Place in The Documentary Category at B&W Child 2018 Photo Competition – “Temptation of Food” by Rongguang Ye

Q: For the last 2 years we are witnessing the rising of Chinese photographers when it comes to documentary photography. Can you tell us more about this? What is your opinion on this? Is there any particular reason why Chinese photographers favour the genre of documentary photography?

A: China’s outstanding documentary photographers (or predecessors) are too numerous to mention! From the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. But in recent years, their works have be exhibited in international photography competitions or in gallery exhibitions a bit more. Personally, I like documentary photography is that documentary photography is the closest to nature, society, and human visual art. Documentary photography can stand the test of time, allowing people to intuitively see (or understand) the memories and understandings that have existed and remembered through photography language. Perhaps this is the charm of documentary photography.

“Big Smile” by Rongguang Ye

Q: Do you travel a lot? Where and what do you photograph the most?

A: Yes, a lot. I have visited India and Bangladesh Yunnan for many times. I usually focus on children and the elderly when i shot.

“Elephants” by Rongguang Ye

Q: Who are the photographers that you admire?

A: Andre Koetz, Sebastião Salgado, Henri Bresson.

Q: What camera body and lenses do you use?

A: Canon , lens  24-70

“Pass By” by Rongguang Ye

Q: What do you think of your opponents in The 2nd  Half of The Contest?

A: The work of the other competitors in the competition is great. And I was so  lucky.


Q: We are aware that you are inspired by life since you are deep into the documentary photography, but can you tell us more about how exactly do you frame the scenes since some of your work looks almost surreal. Is it a technique? Or mindset? Magic maybe?

A: Although it is a documentary, I always remind myself that I can’t record it straight as it is. Maybe it’s a bit of idealism


Q: Can you tell us how did you develop your style and how long you are into the photography?

A: I’m sorry! My understanding of photography style is still ambiguous.I can only continue to learn from photography predecessors. It is not easy if I understand  and use it in the practice of photography,

“Reflection” by Rongguang Ye

Q:  What is your opinion/overview on current scene of photography around the world?

A: I don’t know much a lot about the current state of international photography. Nowadays, China has entered the era of universal photography,  there are phenomena of quick success, short-term behavior, and even fraud.

“Wait” by Rongguang Ye

Q: Please describe the relationship between you and your photography.

A: From the day I picked up the camera, my love and passion for photography increased day by day.Listen to your heart and take pictures that touch you.

“Kid in the Rain” by Rongguang Ye

Q: What is your proudest moment as a photographer/artist?

A: When using the language of photography, I took a picture that fully expresses my inner thoughts and thoughts. That’s the happiest moment for me.

“Quiet” by Rongguang Ye

Q: Do you have any advice to offer us fellow photographers and artists about photography when it comes to entering quality photo competitions?

A: Enter the contest with normal heart rate and the most satisfactory work.

See the entire Winner’s Gallery at B&W CHILD 2018 Photo Competition, 2nd Half.

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