Chinese-Born American, I was born in rural Xiangtan, Hunan, China the summer of 1997. In the winter of 1998, I was adopted into the states and have resided in Madison, Wisconsin ever since. 

 Photo by Melissa Milanese. 2017.

Photo by Melissa Milanese. 2017.

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On Theatre and Performing Arts:

As photography is my fifth limb, theatre is truly my heart. I truly believe it to be my purpose in life. To tell a story, to provoke thought and emotions, to pour your heart, soul, body and mind into it and come out flying.

When I was in middle school and early highschool, I had a lot going on. And yes, it was your standard "Who am I? What does life mean? Why am I sad and angry all of the time?" Theatre gave me a role to play other than the "lonely and angsty teenager." When life and anxiety got me down, I was able to shelve my crosses for a little while; when on stage, I could fully immerse myself in another. In the roles I played, in the relationships I had, through my life on the stage I found myself and my purpose. I told stories and I loved life. And, as I grew into my emotions and out of my angst, what once was an escape became my life.

 Photo by Tom Fonfara. The Addams Family Musical. 2017.

Photo by Tom Fonfara. The Addams Family Musical. 2017.

On Photography:

I am a portrait and lifestyle photographer who focuses on capturing emotion, life, and truth in my photographs. I never stop making new discoveries of myself and will always have stories to tell. With my photographs, I have a stage on which I can do so.

To share art and to make discoveries are my photographic missions. My photography offers a platform, a rock on which I can build, reveal, and realize myself and those around me. I spend time devoted to my passions and surroundings, finding the history within others and new stories within myself. I learn who I am and who they are and how we want to leave our marks on the world. With my eye I make collections of photographs that, when revealed, we learn something.

 Self Portrait. 2016.

Self Portrait. 2016.

 Photo by Tom Fonfara. The Burial at Thebes. 2016.

Photo by Tom Fonfara. The Burial at Thebes. 2016.

I like to say that there is infinity within boundaries; without theatre I am completely lost, without a path. However, give me a stage, a frame, a voice and I will sing.