French photographer Kalian Lo develops her creative voice by living and working abroad. She has traveled to England, Canada, Australia, and Ireland; now she lives in Germany. Traveling to unfamiliar places, meeting different people from all walks of life, has fueled her interest in urban exploration and portraiture.
In 2006, while Lo was a student, her photographic passion turned to instant film when Lo had the opportunity to be on the set of a Sarah Moon shoot in Paris, France. Moon’s work struck her as very reserved, focused, fragile, and timeless... inspiring Lo to adopt the medium.
In 2007 Lo became fascinated by an abandoned factory she drove by everyday on the way to school. The interest became an obsession, until one day she finally got inside to explore it. At first her motivations were novelty and curiosity, but the excitement and the adrenaline of her new hobby took her pleasingly away from her day-to-day life. Since then she has explored multitudinous abandoned buildings.
In 2014 Kalian ventured to a lonely building in the middle of nowhere, about an hour north of Galway City, Ireland. Her series "Nobody Home" captures the history of this decaying place alongside the mystery of what survives there. She takes us through the structure, finding bits and pieces, capturing a hidden world where mankind has left its transient traces. The interplay of subjects and colors creates a sense of curiosity for viewers, leaving us wanting to know all the stories of this old relic.
Lo's series was shot with a Polaroid 195 Land Camera and Fuji FP-100C instant pack film. The images presented are scans of bleached negatives. See Snap It See It's How-To Guide and visit her website to see more of Lo’s work! www.kalianlo.com