Taiwanese artist Sydney Sie is a photographer and graphic designer who creates surreal, dream-like pictures that blur the line between imagination and reality. Using pastel colors and playful illusions, her work radiates a gentle feminine energy that eases viewers into each scene. Sie approaches every project like they’re her personal playgrounds, places where she can use candy-colored backdrops, mundane props, and familiar body parts to play games of hide-and-seek with the viewers.
From the color usage to the methodical compositions, Sie’s experience as a graphic designer shines through in her photography work. But this intermingling of cross-medium concepts doesn’t end there. Having graduated with a degree in animation, influences from her major are also evident in her work – this is perhaps most apparent in her usage of close-up shots and attention to layering. Sie believes merging concepts from all three is what allows her to tell a complete story. In her eyes, photography should be more than just documenting reality – they’re opportunities to create something completely original and never before seen.
无论从色调还是构图的角度来看，Sydney 的作品都带有平面化的风格，那是因为平面设计出身的她，在研究所时期读了动画专业，所以她常用特写镜头，构图也更分解化。但 Sydney 觉得，这样反而更接近“完整呈现”，因为对她来说，摄影不仅仅是“记录”，更是“创造”。
“I like to capture the surreal moments of ordinary life,” Sie tells us. “Rather relying on the pre-existing beauty of subject matters I’m capturing, I like to create unique settings and look at things from atypical perspectives.”
Each one of Sie’s projects is a window into the varied terrains of her active imagination, and this willingness to push the limits of her creative boundaries is what has captivated viewers again and again.
“我喜欢去捕捉现实生活中的超现实时刻……我喜欢去创造一个新的空间，或是新的构图，不依赖本来就很美好的东西。”但或许这就是 Sydney Sie 作品的魔力，让人在她创造的色彩梦境中，不断流连徜徉。