My interpretation of form centers around elements of chance, ephemerality and time.  I do not actively try to find these elements, rather, I let them emerge.  I photograph what my eye is naturally drawn to.  

One moment green algae in the lake forms a painterly swirl, a few moments later a duck swims by and that form is changed.  

One morning I wake up to find light filtering through two glass jars in the kitchen, a form created only because I forgot to draw the curtains closed the previous night.
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In winter, a tree shows its true silhouetted form without leaves, but as the seasons change, so does the tree.  

The behind of a Dutch gable, rarely seen because emphasis is usually placed upon its ornately carved front.  

The reflection of a building in a window and the droplets of condensation on the window of a red van.  

These are all shifting and often overlooked forms.  They are and are not at the same time.
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Ding Ren was born in China, grew up in the United States, and is currently based in Amsterdam (NL). Her work has been exhibited in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, the Philippines, China, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, the UK, and Poland.   With a cross-cultural and field-driven approach, Ren’s analogue photography seeks to capture delicate urban details.  She is interested in subtle patterns—traces in the topography and geography.

See more of Ren's work on her website and  Instagram. // SHOP Ren's VISCERAL8 prints here

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