• Tumblr Tuesday: Casey Liu

    We’re always scouring Tumblr for up-and-coming artists, photographers and interesting people to follow. On Tumblr Tuesdays we dig a little deeper, introducing you to a new person whose point-of-view we’re reblogging this week.

    Meet Casey Liu, a photographer who grew up on the islands of Hawaii and is currently living in L.A. Her active, outdoorsy shots make us want to get out there and explore. We spoke to Casey about her inspirations and found out a little more about the stories behind some of her favorite photographs.

    Hi Casey! Tell us a little bit about yourself!
    I’m a twenty-one year old photographer from Oahu, Hawaii currently living in L.A. county. I’ve lived my entire life on the islands and didn’t experience snow until I was sixteen, autumn when I was nineteen. I spent twenty-one years of my life surrounded by nearly perfect year-round weather, the warm, crystal clear Pacific ocean and lots of fresh air; it has undoubtedly affected my perspective of life and how I wish to capture it.

    What was your foray into photography like?
    I was always so obsessed with documenting as a kid and I think I’ve always been a collector. I loved going into antique stores and browsing trinkets and collectibles and thinking how something so old could be passed down through generations and enjoyed by so many. It’s a similar experience with photographs. I just love how you can decide right then and there, “I think I want to keep this moment forever,” and then you press a button and it's yours. It could be altered or distorted or even lost, but you decided it was worth keeping, and I think that’s really cool.

    What Tumblrs do we need to follow?
    1. Jacq Harriet
    2. Susanna Cole
    3. Good Silence
    4. The Stray Lashes

    Tell us some things you're currently into!
    I’m currently recording an album with my boyfriend, so writing music and researching funky instruments to add to our sound have been keeping me busy. Good, cheap Mexican food (non-existent in Hawaii), wallpaper design, and mustard (the color) are some things I've also been really into.

    Tell us the stories behind some of your favorite photographs:

    The pacific northwest is a glorious place. Shot of Deception’s Pass, Washington.

    I took a girl’s trip to Kauai last year for my birthday. We slept in our rental car, woke up on the beach and showered in McDonalds. It was great.

    Idaho is a severely underrated state and I am being selfish in wanting to keep it that way. Besides myself and two friends, there was no one around. Being from Hawaii, a tourist destination, I am not used to this.

    This is a popular theme in many of my photographs. High altitudes fascinate me for some reason and I’m not too sure why. Maybe I like feeling small.

    Palm trees and the warm pacific ocean is a must-see in Hawaii, but these cliff formations get me every time.

    “Hawaiian Snow."

    We were on our way to a swimming hole or “queen’s bath” and this was the trail to get there.

    It was exactly what it looks like—plus a ton of popcorn and chocolate, obviously.

    The perks of being a “photographer” is being able to collaborate with amazing creatives. My florist friend turned my room into a garden and I have no plans to take it down.

    It’s called “Skinnydipper Hot Springs” for a reason.

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