Wang Jin, a fine art artist based in Brisbane, Australia, offers a full wheelhouse of multi-faceted talent. Using different mediums, Jin takes on each project uniquely, as a means to convey his concepts and ideas.

For these elegant portraits, Jin uses classic lighting techniques, such as Rembrandt and loop lighting, with classic postures for the model as well. The portraits express a sense of sensuality and intimacy, created with quiet sensitivity and demure. Jin seeks to use his art to express a wide range of emotions, all the while lighting and arranging the model with soft, perfect clarity.

The series of images entitled, Ana, also has a few charcoal & graphite pencil studies from one of his recently sold sketchbooks. The sketches are a means for Jin to find balance between fine details and rough rendering; as well as a way to emphasize the feeling that he aims to express in his images. Jin has also created a set of reworked, black-and-white portraits for this series exclusively for his INSPADES Magazine feature and shares with us some of his processes and love of portraiture.

Wang Jin

Do you have a favourite among your many mediums of expression?

For me, drawing, painting and photography are simply media that I use to present my philosophy. I see and experience the world in my own way and translate my feelings into visual components on paper, canvas, or through photography. Normally I don’t constrain myself to a particular medium; I choose whichever best presents my ideas for each individual project.

What draws you specifically to portraiture?

The first thing that draws me into portraiture is the sheer beauty. I really enjoy expressing the beauty of a model. Oftentimes they are unaware of the beauty that they possess. Secondly, when I shoot portraiture, one aspect is about the subject, while the other is about myself. I always try to project my feelings into the subject that I shoot. Thirdly, portraiture can easily become stories. I’m naturally reticent, so for me, photography is a way of expressing my thoughts and feelings.

How has your photography developed over time?

I used to think I could record every moment in my life with just my eyes and keep them in my memory. But as I grew up, I found that things do fade away and what is left is only a hint of remembrance. It was at that point when I began to take photos, to capture those moments. Later, I found that what I sought from photography was not just the act of documenting life or remembered places, but instead, I’m keen to tell stories and to express emotions that are buried deeply in my heart. Because of this, I see my photos as impressions, not to be interpreted literally. I hope that when people see my images, their heart will be touched in some way.

Wang Jin

What kind of tools do you use for post processing?

In Adobe Photoshop I will give a general retouch to the images. Next, color grading or tonal value evaluation if it is a black and white image. I prefer a certain degree of roughness in my photos, so that they don’t appear digital. Therefore, I add grain or texture to almost all my images at the end of workflow.

How do you educate yourself to continually improve your work?

I learn from drawing and painting, and apply these skills to photography. I find the most challenging aspect is to visually translate my feelings and philosophies. Each new project is a challenge to me and I often face doubt and uncertainty. Normally, after I finish a project,
I will set it aside for a few days, and then return to it with fresh eyes. If the images don’t inspire the feelings that I intended to express, I will revise, or perhaps even discard the images and start over. I always re-visit my previous work to see what could be improved. I also analyze images from other photographers, and ask myself what I like about those images, and how I could apply those aspects to my own work.

Jin’s ability to draw and paint gives his art a quality of diversity, which he uses to express his creativity with greater dimensionality and balance. To see Jin’s portraits in juxtaposition to his sketches delivers added insight and understanding of the unfolding story and emotions expressed in his artwork.

Published in INSPADES Magazine, Issue Quattro, April 2017
Read INSPADES Magazine here: inspadesmag.com
See these and more of Jin’s drawing on Instagram at: @wangjin_art

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