Yuan Xi Sun

HOME COOKING & EATING OUT. 在家做饭&外出就餐。

Last week I was sitting with Yuan Xi and drinking my ever-favourite avocado smoothie and it was crystal-clear – in front of me was one of the sharpest eyes I have ever met. Her Instagram account [@yuanxisun] is amazing – still life, food, flowers and sometimes herself, smiling shyly in front of the camera.

上周,我和Instagram(图片即时分享网站)博主元曦(音译)终于见面了,她在Instagram上的美食/美器的图片总是能吸引众多粉丝。眼前的女孩有着一双明亮的眼睛,仿佛是跳跃着烟火花的幽深湖面;她的账号@yuanxisun上po的图片多是关于自己的生活、美食、和美物,当然还有经常对着镜头羞涩微笑的博主本人。喝着我最爱的鳄梨奶昔,面前坐着美丽的姑娘,还有什么比这更美的呢。

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I personally love Instagram – it gives me the opportunity to express myself and share moments of my life without being too serious about it. And Yuan Xi makes the most of it. Her pictures are beautiful, sophisticated, interesting and not ordinary. And they perfectly describe the lifestyle of this young lady between Paris, London, New York, Beijing and, soon enough, Shanghai.

我热爱Instagram,你可以肆意地在上面用图片表达想法,分享生活小碎片,又不用太较真。而元曦则把这个小工具玩到了极致:她的图片总是很精致,很有趣、充满惊喜。透过图片,我们跟着她穿梭在巴黎、伦敦、纽约、和北京之间;而不久以后,她的身影就会出现在上海啦。

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A common friend, Marte (whose Instagram account @martevanos is SO mouthwatering!), introduced us – and I was so excited but what I already knew about Yuan Xi. But you can’t imagine my joy when she started talking about all the other projects she is working on: as a fashion designer, as a food stylist, as a photographer.

我的朋友Marte(Instagram账号@martevanos)也认识元曦,于是他给我们介绍了彼此。哦,顺便说一下,Marte在Instagram上的美食图片简直让人流口水。你简直想象不到当我见到“神识”已久的元曦本人时有多兴奋,就是那种“哇,见到活物”了的感觉。果然,我们刚一见面就开启了“快速问答”,因为我对她实在是太好奇了。一个人身兼设计师、美食时尚家、和摄影师的年轻女孩为什么如此精力充沛?哪个方向是她更偏爱的呢?

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I couldn’t stop asking questions – here is a selection of them.

她的下一步又会给我们带来怎样的惊喜呢。

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As a woman’s-wear and textile designer, what inspired you to start with food photography? 

It was 2 years ago that I moved out of my student residential hall to a lovely apartment in Maida Vale, London during my study in UK. I finally got my private space with a fully equipped kitchen. It was best time living in such a beautiful and friendly neighborhood. I spent almost every evening watching online food programs and got inspired every time I went to local food stores. I cooked a lot, and I enjoyed very much my life staying in Maida Vale, it was time for me to document this home-cooking journey, and share with friends. Once I started, I became addicted.

作为女性服装以及面料设计师,是什么吸引你开始美食拍摄的呢?

两年前,我还在伦敦学习时从学生公寓搬出去,在麦达维尔(威斯敏斯特)的公寓住下来。我终于有了自己的私人空间,而更让我惊喜的是,厨房炊具一应俱全。公寓所在社区的居民非常友好,而且那里十分漂亮,简直是我在伦敦最好的时光。当时每晚我都会在网上看美食节目,心里也总是跃跃欲试,在去超市的时候我总是想买各种食材自己试一试。所以,我总是在厨房做各种吃的,把它记录下来跟朋友们分享,而且开始之后就欲罢不能了;我特别怀念在那里的时光。

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What do you want people to take from your pictures when they look at them?

At first I was just sharing for fun. Then I tended to see my Instagram gallery as a guide book: I’m not only sharing cooking ideas but some more dinning out experiences in the city where I live. My gallery is about lifestyle, it tells people what’s going on in the city and where to have fun.

你希望人们在看你图片的时候读到什么?

开始我只是为了好玩;后来我渐渐地把Instagram的po图看做是一本导览:除了一些烹饪的想法,还有在城市各个饭馆就餐的体验。我的Instagram就是关于生活方式,跟人们分享这个城市的新鲜和好玩的事儿。

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You’ve been from Paris, to London, to New York, to Beijing. Does being surrounded by different lifestyles, different people and different cultures influence your photography?

Yes. Style of contents may change a little bit as I move.  For example, New York is vibrant and artsy, with a great coffee scene. Photos are more about colours, cafés, modern dining… Beijing is rough, you can find more structural and textured backgrounds in those pictures.

你去过巴黎、伦敦、纽约和北京;被不同的生活方式、不同的人群和文化包围会影响你的拍摄吗?

会有一点。在世界各地辗转确实会有一些影响,举个例子吧,纽约特别活跃,艺术气息浓厚,而且遍地都是咖啡馆。所以,拍出来的照片更多的表现色彩、咖啡馆以及现代的饮食时尚。而北京就更加粗犷,照片展示出更多立体、更故事性。

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Has the aesthetic of your blog, or the way you take pictures changed since when you first started?

Yes. Before New York the tones of the images were pale and calm, sometimes blurred. Then I moved to New York for a couple of months and this has changed the aesthetic of the blog to a sharp and colourful modern style. The New York instagrammers I follow have strong influence on my photographs: I started to filter them with different styles and toned up the contrast, making those images more like high resolution photos taken with camera (but with iPhone always…).

从开始到现在,你觉得自己博客的审美还有拍照方式有发生变化吗?

有。来纽约之前, 我拍的照片颜色比较苍白,稍显平淡,有时候甚至是模糊的。搬来纽约大概4-5个月以后就明显发生了一些变化:照片颜色更加明亮,也更加丰富,很具有现代感。这儿的博主们的作品对我的影响很大,我也开始对照片做不同风格的处理,让对比度更鲜明,看上去更像是高像素的相机拍摄的作品。而实际上,它们都是我用Iphone手机拍的。

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Does your designing career and your passion for food photography ever coincide with each other? 

Not really. I’m still keeping these two interests well separated. They are two different worlds for me, and I’m travelling between them.

你从事设计工作,又十分热爱食物摄影,有没有发现两者有重合或者共通的地方?

没有吧,我把它们分的很清楚。对我来说它们是完全不同的两个世界,我游离于其中。

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Is there anyone or any other account(s) that inspire you or influence your style in any way? Someone to look up to with your photography and blogging?

Yes. I’m a big fan of @alicegao, @kinfolk, @cerealmag, @aguynamedpatrick, @localmilk…and so many more!

你觉得Instagram上有哪些对你有影响的博主?

噢,挺多的,比如@alicegao, @kinfolk, @cerealmag, @aguynamedpatrick, @localmilk。

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Where do you see your passion taking you in the future? Next next for you?

I’m always dreaming to become a food stylist actually. But I also have passion for fashion design and I am right a fashion designer at the moment. I’ll keep working on fashion and keep the food styling up as my main interest, hopefully these two can coincide, either in 2 years or 3. Good luck to me!

关于摄影你对未来的规划是什么?下一步你有什么新的计划?

我一直想成为一名真正的美食时尚设计师,但是我也特别热爱时尚设计,其实我现在就是一名时尚设计师(哈哈)。我会一直认真做好时尚设计,同时要努力发展美食设计师这个方向,希望未来这两份工作能有所交集,也许将来的2-3年,哈哈,祝我好运吧。

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It’s amazing, isn’t it? And she would just answer all my questions with a quiet smile, whiteout bragging about herself nor being arrogant. It looked like she was perfectly at her ease, just a little bit surprised this was all happening to her.

听起来很赞吧。元曦在回答我问题的时候总是静静地笑着,不过分夸张也十分平易近人。她现在的状态特别放松,只是对她身上发生的故事有点意外。

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I was so under her spell. Just by looking at her pictures, hearing her stories, and drinking smoothies with her I felt so inspired. And, once again, I’m so happy I embarked on this blogging activity a year and a half ago – it gave me the opportunity to talk to amazing people. And my life is so much more fun and interesting.

我彻底被元曦迷住了,她的照片,她的经历,我们一起的享用奶昔的时光就把我变成了她的粉丝。元曦也让我对自己一年半以前的决定充满了骄傲,它让我接触到了那么多可爱的人,我的生活也更加充满乐趣。

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Yuan Xi Sun disegna, fotografa, cucina. Il tutto avviene in punta di piedi, timidamente, quasi non volesse disturbare nessuno. Mi ha raccontato dei suoi viaggi e dei suoi sogni – e io sono grata di aver deciso di lavorare al mio blog. Yuan Xi e’ un’altra delle persone eccezionali che ho intervistato e che rappresentano una fonte di ispirazione importantissima.

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For the chat with Yuan Xi I was delighted to wear:

本期搭配如下:

silk top + leather mini skirt 丝绸上衣+皮革迷你裙: H&M

sneakers 运动鞋: Adidas

headband 发带: American Apparel

sunglasses 太阳眼镜: Ray-Ban

 

Pictures of us together were taken by Hope with her Canon T3i.

与元曦的合影由Hope的佳能T3i拍摄。

For all the other pictures special thanks to Yuan Xi.

感谢元曦提供的其他照片。


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