Saturday, September 13, 2008

Something Beautiful - Zhang Jingna

There are a number of artists I look up to, but perhaps not many are as inpiring as Zhang Jingna...

Something Beautiful - Zhang Jingna

After picking up photography only 2 years ago, the 20 year old Singaporean fashion photographer Zhang Jingna (aka zemotion) had already managed to turn professional, with a portfolio that includes companies like Ogilvy & Mather Advertising (Taiwan), Mercedes Benz Taiwan, Architecture International and Wacom, and organisations like The Arts House and Lasalle College of the Arts. She has also produced numerals fashion editorial work for magazines like Harper's Bazaar, BeautyBlackBook, Men's Folio and Project:Smitten.

In 2007, she was awarded recipient of Associateship in the Masters Photographers Association, making her the youngest ever to receive such an award. Jingna also received the Singapore Master Photographer that same year. She has received recognition for her work online, being one of the most popular artists at deviantArt, a community art site, with over 7 million views of her work and a loyal fanbase.

When looking at the wonderful works, you can sense that there is an ethereal, dreamlike quality with a distinctive cinematographic influence and a quiet confidence and maturity way beyond her age.

Great success will only follow after those who are serious to pay the price. Jingna's accomplishments did not come without sacrifice as she had to make a diifficult decision to leave her studies at the highly regarded Raffles Girl's School, and later, a degree in fashion design at the Lasalle College of the Arts. She was a former member of the Singapore air rifle team for 5 years, having to relinquish her spot in the team to pursue her passion for the arts. The professional fashion photographer was also the Sportsgirl of the year 2006, after winning gold in air-rifle shooting for Singapore at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships 2005. Her parents though, weren't that keen about her decision initially, but after much reassurance and proven results; they now encourages her to pursue her passion.

Jingna will be presenting her first solo exhibition and official launch of her first book, 'Something Beautiful' at the Arts House, Print Gallery. 'Something Beautiful' showcases a selection of her collection of photographic work created over the past 2 years.

The accompanying photo book will be available for sale during the exhibition.

12 - 23 September 2008, 10am - 10pm daily
at The Arts House, Print Gallery, Singapore.
Free admission.

More information on Jingna and her works can be found on the following site;
Zemotion.net
Zemotion Deviant Art
Zemotion Blog

Check out a recent local newspaper article by MyPaper click!

'nuff said,
Josh.

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