April 24, 2017
Niskayuna High School student looks for emotion and detail through the
Yushi li tells a story through everday moments on the street
the streets of Schenectady to life in remote villages in China and Nepal,
Yushi Li is using his camera to share the world with his fellow high school
A native of China who is studying in Niskayuna through the International
Scholars program, Yushi had a photo exhibition on display outside of the
school library earlier this year. More recently, his work was part of the
Capital Region Media Arts Festival, which brought students from 15 area
schools to the high school in April.
Yushi's display near the library was simply titled, "The Village." It was a
collection of photographs from time he spent in villages in China and Nepal
over the last several years.
He was practicing street photography, which he describes as "photographing
people in their natural state."" They depict mothers with children, a young
girl looking out of a window and sometimes what at first glance appears to
be not much at all.
"On the surface, it's about village life in Asia, which is pretty because
it's a whole different culture," Yushi said. "The other layer is trying to
communicate the issues facing people in their lives and the changes they are
going through. I find that very interesting - moving."
"You see little details in people's lives," he said. "They're beautiful,
they're lovely to see. I think that's pretty powerful."
Yushi is a native of the Chengdu area of China, which is in Sichuan Province
and has an urban population of 10-million plus. He first came to Niskayuna
as a sophomore in 2015 through the International Scholars Program. He plans
to stay here through senior year, which is possible through a partnership
between the district and Schenectady County Community College.
Yushi's more recent street photography shoots have been in a Schenectady
barber shop and in New York City. He has also gained experience with fine
art photography through the Advanced Digitial through taking Advanced
Photography at the high school with Stephen Honicki. Yushi is in the second
year of that course, which is part of the University in the High School
program through the University at Albany.
Yushi is also a member of the school's Rocketry Club and the award-winning
high school Odyssey of the Mind team. As he receives accolades for his
photography, his sights are set on a future in molecular biology.
That doesn't mean he''ll ever stop taking photos. His favorite moment is
that moment of excitement when gets home from a shoot and sees what's on his
"When you see something fantabulous, you just want to record it," he said.
Yushi Li's Photogtraphs
"Motherhood," Yushi Li
"Red Umbrella," Yushi Li
"Contrast," Yushi Li (papers with studio lighting)
"Self-Reflection," Yushi Li
"The Shower," Yushi Li
"The Shoemaker," Yushi Li