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Kiki Xue: Little Unreal and Abstract, like a Cloud Floating in Mid-Air

Artistic Background

     Young art and fashion photographer Kiki Xue was born in 1987 in China. He majored in mathematics in China, but soon after Xue discovered photography and decided to move to Paris. He officially first started fashion photography in 2010 in one Chinese fashion magazine. From the beginning, Xue was resembling an ideal combination of reality and imagination in his work. He recognizes the inside beauty of his subjects and tries to express his own feelings. This makes his fashion photography unique, original and artistic.

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Kiki Xue - Vogue Italia, April 2017

Kiki Xue – The Portrait Artist and the Fashion Photographer

Fascinatingly, he doesn’t follow a particular theme of capturing the world he sees. As much as he would highlight the dark labyrinth of battleships, he would also represent the golden shade of sunset resting in peace at the peak of the dawn. Most of his collections have a visually dark background and focuses on a meaningful scene, such as a steam factory, windows through Room 207, a man jumping at the inception etc. It is amazing to observe how he has provided the theme of every image in one word, while some of them are adjectives or emotions, which I feel, makes the viewer dive deep into the world of the photographer.

Kiki Xue - Tian Yi, Harpers Bazaar China, May 2015
Kiki Xue - Tian Yi, Harpers Bazaar China, May 2015

The Inner View on Women’s Beauty

One of the interesting elements in his work is how he has represented a crescendo of shades in his shots. The vivid pattern of light to dark colors is not only soothing but also makes you imagine the reality of the situation or the place he has captured. Every color has a subtle meaning, and every bright shade adds a tinge of light in the image, which makes the view seem authentic and picturesque. Every shot inculcates great play of highlights and shadows, which provides a philosophical theme to them, in every way possible. He has captured simple things appreciated by people in their daily lives, but the best part about his images is that he has highlighted the depth of shades in each one of them.

All images copyright of Kiki Xue.

You can view more work by Kiki Xue on his Website and Instagram.

Article written by Danica Jovic

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