JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
AMIKO LI: I wanted to teach photography when I was growing up so that more people would discover the beauty in the medium. When I was younger I remember I also always wanted to be a writer or a singer.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
AL: I have always been inspired by Taiwan Pop Ballad and their music videos.
JC: What are you up to right now?
AL: I have started a new project shooting with polaroid. Its about the intimate moments. It is quite a different experience to my previous 4x5 large format projects. I am exciting to finish it soon.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
AL: I have studied with other good photography professors - with their encouragement I have grown loads since the first time I used a large format camera. They know about photography & they help me understand how my photographs shape my personal narrative and understanding, as well as the connection built upon the sequencing.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
AL: I am based in Chicago right now. It is very different to the places where I am from. I never expected that I would be living in Chicago. This place has already been filled with memories of different people I have encountered.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
AL: I think it is important to always know what you really love to do, there are always lots of “trends” in photography, but you need to know they come and go, you need to do something that you always care about.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
AL: My plan B is probably to open my own gallery. I have always been interested in looking at curating. During school I have curated a group exhibition with my friends.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
AL: I always work alone but I enjoy looking at other peoples photography. Its interesting to see how other photographers work differs to mine and through that I become inspired.