May Xiong’s photographs beg for a storyline. In her art portraits, scenes feature junked cars and neglected buildings, among which her characters—a word that feels more accurate than “subjects”—invite inquiry. One young man lies floating in a kiddie pool, bloodied from a fight. Another appears lighting an old pipe on a fogged-in beach. Others sit at a wooden dining table, telegraphing quiet dignity despite being draped in dead mackerel and orange peels.
May is a twenty-five year old photography graduate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California and now resides in Seattle, Washington. Inspired by light and attention to detail, she continues to focus on creating narrative story-telling & cinematic portraiture in hopes to expand her creativity and move towards cinematography in the film industry.
This series is based on the inspiration of nature and the interweaving combination of patterns and shapes from Bridge & Burn's Spring Collection 2016. To capture the parallel between comfort in everyday life and encapsulate Spring through the fluidity of nature itself, it brings us back to embrace life's new changes.