Li Hui is a self-taught Chinese photographer who focuses on youth, nature and intimacy. She is currently working on her new book.

How do you approach these intimate shoots?

Intimacy is something that happens naturally all the time, as long as there are objects, plants, animals, lovers, strangers, children, or simply individuals. It’s an easy subject to approach because it’s all around me. I just need to be a good observer.

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

Yes, definitely. And I’m trying to capture the female body in new and different ways. My approach is to not only capture beauty on the outside, but also infuse more meaning into my photographs by showing the thoughts and desires that hide on the inside.

What inspires you?

I draw a lot of inspiration from movies and paintings, particularly movies that combine seemingly disparate themes, such as beauty and weirdness.

How would you define beauty?

The perception of what’s considered beautiful is always changing. I believe literature and art greatly influence how people define beauty. I have no personal definition, but I find the details of what I think is beautiful in different sexes, races, age groups and body shapes.

Film or digital?

I prefer film because it gives you this special feeling of creating your very own art.

What makes you happy?

A good movie and a good cry. Magical music and the magic of imagination. The curious innocence of kittens, and a childlike heart. Watching the sunset melt into the horizon.

What’s next for you?

I’m still working on my new book. I’ll self-publish it later this year. And my solo exhibition is coming up soon.