Fine art photographer Linda Liao captures organic, fleeting moments that explore the themes nature, humanity, and sensorial discovery through surf culture. Through surf culture, Liao has learned the diversity and rich culture of the sport and its participants. By focusing her lens on the various aspects and conditions of this sport, she transforms into an auteur; an author of cultural commentary rather than a photographer. As an Asian American and avid surfer, Liao was naturally drawn to the the culture around surfing as an intersection of Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and American culture.
Liao has been passionate about photography and the arts since childhood and went on to obtain her MFA in Animation from the University of Southern California. While she was interested and skilled in many different mediums, she found photography to be an incomparable tool for documenting nature and culture. She is purely concerned with visual impressions; presenting a given moment, its natural lighting, color and action, in a single still. She hopes that by engaging her audiences sense of sight, she can inspire them to look at the world in a more discerning manner.