Photographer’s Eye: Gu Shiyin


Gu Shiyin

A firm believer that money can’t solve real problems, I prefer simplicity. Limited resource can some times be a healthy recipe for brewing creative solutions.


A shot of a single object that expresses a powerful memory/event?

The Paralympics portrait project had a profound impact on my approach to work and life, which I did not realise it at the time. I guess it is powerful in a very quiet way.


You’ve got a blank room set, what would you create? Who would you cast? How would you light it?

Wind telephone booth with a view to the open. I would cast Jim Broadbent in a heartbeat. It will be an extremely poignant setting; and I will mix soft and hard light carefully to set the mood, low key mostly.

A book that has inspired you?

Siddhartha, Alchemist, 1984

Favourite photo you have taken?

Unfortunately I don’t have one yet, maybe the next shot?

What piece of equipment could you not live without?

Cable release.

What was your first camera, do you still have it?

Yashica SLR, unfortunately it was my Dad’s, I had to return it.

Best photo gadget under £50, in your opinion?

Rocket blower.

Post-prod software preference?

Capture One Pro

Tips on digital storage/back-up?

Hard drive docking station or duplicators, perhaps the simplest and the most cost effective backup solution.

What is the most un-techie thing you incorporate into your image making?

A piece of glass or crystal, if flare is what the doctor (or art director) ordered.


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