Catherine Liu

is known for her simply tender and subtle aesthetic. Whereas Cézanne's desire was to portray the truth of perception, Liu wishes to capture earnest moments in her photography.

With a master’s degree in Japanese Literature and having lived in Japan for many years, Liu’s work is greatly inspired by the wabi-sabi aesthetic. Just as this concept centers on acceptance of transience and imperfection through asymmetry, simplicity, and intimacy, Liu masterfully plays with color, form, and composition to reflect these qualities.

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera,” Ansel Adams once said. “You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Through passionately studying East Asian arts, Liu’s experiences inform her unparalleled perception of beauty and aptitude for sincerity.

Drawn to the ethereal light of the late afternoon and its buttery glow, Liu favors a more vulnerable, wistful portraiture. Close your eyes. Take a deep, slow breath. Relax your face. And click. What has been created is a pure, honest moment suspended in eternity.