I would randomly take photos of nothing in particular. How else could you record life as it happens?
~ Simon Van Booy

Hello, my name is Li. I am a photographer and maker of beautiful things. I love Polaroids, notebooks, pancakes with maple syrup, the homely aroma of steamed rice, sunny days, quiet adventures with my backpack and cameras and walking bare feet.

As a photographer, my work is about inspiring others to find beauty in the ordinary. My cameras help me to take notes and record the beauty found in the random moments in our everyday life, in the fleeting moments that whisper “look at me!”, and in the way the light moves and dances and cast shadows. I am also drawn to creative and living spaces and always curious to observe how our environment inspires and evolves with us and how the things we own (or do not own) are three-dimensional self portraits of who we are and who we aspire to be. My photographs capture the details that curate our lives and they tell the stories of everyday moments.

I shoot with my iPhone, 35mm cameras, DSLR and when I discovered the Polaroid SX-70 in 2007, I have not look back! It remains my medium of choice. My fondness for Polaroids is in the beauty that comes with its ‘imperfections’ and how it truly is a collaboration. As the photographer, my role is to compose the shoot and set the exposure. The camera does the other half of the alchemy – a process I have no control over, infusing my elements with the chemicals in the film to produce an image that is one of a kind and cannot be replicated.

As a designer, I make beautiful things for you. I play with typography, colours and images on Photoshop and illustrator and put them together to make beautiful things to help independent businesses craft their brand identity and design print collateral. I can also craft something for a special personal occasion.

Papers, glue sticks, magazines cuttings, washi tapes, scissors, paintbrushes, pencils and all things visual and colourful are also the toys in my playground. They help me to craft my ideas and bring them to life.

I have spent some of my life in Singapore and Australia and I currently live in the UK.

Beautiful things delight me and I hope the beautiful things I create for you bring joy and delight to you too. I’d love to hear from you – about a creative work enquiry, a collaboration or if you just want to say hello.

I am also on flickr, instagram and pinterest. I have a shop on Etsy too.

Dara Dines: Featured artist