Internationally acclaimed photographer Yvonne Lu explores liminal spaces and impressions from a completely unique perspective, approaching her subjects in ways viewers have never seen before. Her fascinating and gorgeously abstract Lost In Time series captures the rare Song Dynasty pottery known as Jun Ware, outlawed by Emperor Huizong and buried for thousands of years. Lu’s macroscopic photographs reveal not just the distinctive composition of Jun Ware – which was fired once at very high temperatures, forming a volcanic, planetary surface – but also how nature has shaped it over centuries, highlighting microorganisms that were trapped in the pottery when it was buried or curve lines encased in mud, created by rivulets of water running for millennia. One of the photographs from this series won Lu the Nikon Small World Image of Distinction Award in 2015.
In addition to her work as a fine art photographer, Lu is also a freelance assistant at Magnum Photos in New York City, where she currently lives. She says she is mostly influenced by her travels around the world and her Chinese heritage.