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Jean Bai

I majored in Mathematics/Economics and minored in Theater and Global Studies in UCLA. After exploring the world of film & theater off-campus as well as video-journalism and photojournalism while working at the UCLA Daily Bruin, I fell in love with the process of documenting and sharing the stories around us. Not sure if it was due to all those math classes or the constructivist artwork from Lazlo Moholy-Nagy I began looking at, but my style started taking an abstract spin and I started obsessing over my use of light and composition. Shooting architecture made the most sense to me.

Instead of jumping right into art after graduating, I went on to work at a Fortune Top 50 wealth management firm, where I wanted to gain business experience and flex my analytical muscles once more.

Balancing my day job with personal creative work, I built a portfolio while shooting during business trips and vacations and saving enough money to purchase high-end equipment. Eventually, I got enough awards for my work, so I decided to pursue photography professionally. This allowed me to work on other creative projects, from starting a photo blog of Bay Area spaces to perfecting my abstract fine art portfolio. 

My philosophy about photography is that it is strong in form and looks natural. For me, natural beauty is a must. It's a way to show the world your confidence and genuine aesthetic; a way to showcase your perfections and reveal those imperfections that make us human. Ultimately, it's about seeing the beauty in everything.

 

Affiliations

American Photographic Artists

Houzz Pro Network

Dexigner's Curated Architectural Photography Directory