Welcome to my portfolio. I am Yangchen Lin, a scientist and photographer based in London, Cambridge and Singapore, striving to keep the spirit of exploration alive and searching for new ways to depict the beauty of things. My work has been featured at conferences, in magazines and on book covers and exhibited in Singapore and the United Kingdom. If you wish to purchase images, contact me for a quote or, for selected pieces, follow the links to Getty Images, iStockphoto or Demotix where you can obtain licenses for commercial or editorial use.
The 'coat of arms' that appears at the top of my website contains a schematic diagram of the pentaprism in a single-lens reflex camera. Every photograph, symbolized by the ray of light, passes through the pentaprism before the decision is made to open the shutter. The pentaprism is superimposed on a bisected circle representing the traditional split-prism focusing screen used in the old school of manual focus.
Lin, Y. 2013. Tubographical Transactions
Bob Books, London
Cover photo, Bird Conservation: Global Evidence for the Effects of Interventions
by Williams, D. R. et al.
Cover photo and contributing photographer, Heritage Places of Singapore
by Wan Meng Hao & Jacqueline Lau
Marshall Cavendish Editions ISBN 9789812618580
Lin, Y. 2008. Freedom of expression: wildlife through curved glass.Asian Geographic
Lin, Y. 2008. Big and beautiful eyes. Nature Watch
The Science and Art of a Fish's Eye View of the World
, Sidney Sussex College Graduate Conference, University of Cambridge, 17 March 2013
Tube = 2πr × h
, London Underground 150th anniversary conference, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 17 January 2013
within a larger collection of works by various photographers exhibited in Sidney Exposed
, supported by and held at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
An Anatomy of the Organ
a photographic dissection of pipe organs at the University of Cambridge
Cambridge is a pipe organ paradise, having possibly the highest concentration of organs in the world. To match the sheer number is a plethora of pure and hybrid organ building styles in which both English and Continental traditions from the Baroque to Contemporary periods are represented. Within any given instrument, there is in turn a bewildering profusion of organ pipes of all shapes and sizes, every single one of which is hand-made and ear-voiced to tonal perfection and harmony with every other pipe. Underpinning this breathtaking manifestation of musical art is an equally astounding superstructure of fine carpentry and precision engineering which ensures that the sound heard by the audience is not air rushing through metal tubes but great music communicated directly from the organist's mind.
supported by the Photography and Illustration Service
, University of Cambridge
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and the Botanic Gardens
supported by the National Parks Board
Unpredictable Flying Objects Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
and the Botanic Gardens
, Singapore (2009)
supported by the National Parks Board
Living Symphony: the Notes of the Score
National Library, Singapore (2009)
The natural world, like a Beethoven symphony, is a creation of simple and profound beauty despite the bewildering complexity of its components. In ways reminiscent of the dramatic interplay of musical instruments in polyphonic textures, living beings of diverse ancestry interact with each other in nature’s monumental masterpiece.
In this series of images, creatures big and small, fast and slow trace out notes of the score as they go about their daily lives. An attempt is made to unify seemingly disparate entities by accentuating their ecological kinships in a kind of photographic symphony. As if in the execution of a fugue, one of the oldest musical forms, the number and structural variation of 'notes' increase progressively from one image to the next.
The final photograph is inspired by the massive polyphonic coda of Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony, which unifies the hitherto separate musical ideas in a vertical juxtaposition of magnificent proportions. The photographic symphony, however, represents only a tiny part of the Living Symphony that is orders of magnitude longer, more intangible and more epic than any which mankind has yet composed.
curated by Chris Yap, Light Editions Gallery, Singapore