Bodylines

Yu Hsuan Chang is a 25-year-old artist based in Taiwan. Chang currently focuses on themes evolving around girls and mountains. Chang doesn’t see herself as a photographer but rather as a girl who records lives and stories of others. She started using her mobile phone to capture what she saw when she was ten. Taking pictures means everything for her now, and makes her feel less anxious about life.

How did the idea for the series come about?

I’ve got a few growing lines on my bottom, legs and knees. I felt shamed about them when hitting the puberty. But now I am not a teenager anymore and these marks are just marks for me. However, for those who struggle with their youth and beauty, I wish I could give them strength and confidence, make them believe that no one is perfect, that you can be beautiful with an imperfect body. The point is that beauty is not about how you look, it is about what you have inside. I hope I can help them to start thinking differently.

Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?

If you like your body and if you keep your models in their original shape, that’s already powerful to me. Don’t do any photoshop, I believe that the female body is powerful enough by itself. See and tell the truth.

How would you define beauty?

Beauty is not how you look on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Beauty is what you think in your mind. Be confident and keep a healthy mind.

What makes you happy?

Documenting my life and my friends on camera. Concentrating on my projects. Going to the mountains.

Film or digital?

Film most of the time.

Lastly, what’s next for you?

Looking for more volunteers to join my Bodylines photo project.