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MOJA Portrait Photography Magazine Cover 《人像摄影》

  MOJA Portrait Photography Magazine Cover 《人像摄影》

Featured | “Fashion without Borders” in Portrait Photography Magazine China

September 30, 2019

We are super excited to be on the cover of Portrait Photography Magazine《人像摄影》, one of the most circulated photography magazines in China! We’d like to share our interview here in English!

A big shoutout to Sails Chong, a wonderful friend who always inspires me and helped make this happen.

 

MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

  MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

Fashion without Borders

— Beauty of China through photographer MOJA’s lens

 

MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

  MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

Awamu Moja’s work is rich, harmonious and inclusive. He always interprets the exploration and interest in different cultures of the world in a unique style. In his view, the essence of fashion is the pursuit of beauty, without restrictions, regardless of national boundaries. “The process of finding beautiful pictures often puts us in a difficult position, and it is this kind of challenge and transcendence that constitutes the essence of happiness we have in our creations.”

A Luxembourg Photographer Who Fell in Love with China

Awamu Moja, a fashion photographer from Luxembourg, is surrounded by a group of professionals who love aesthetics, fashion, performance, architecture, graphic design and art. “Our photos are the result of teamwork, and the hierarchical structure depends only on the capabilities of everyone, and I am the link between all of these talents.”

In 2018, Moja came to China with his team and was deeply intrigued by Chinese history, culture and architecture. “I have never encountered such a vast and colorful country. Especially for photographers, it is a huge treasure house. The artistic culture of China impresses me the most, which can be summarized into two words: finess and details.” In Moja’s view, people here can talk about tea, silk, paper, porcelain and calligraphy all day long, and discuss Confucianism, Taoism or Zen, and take so much care organising their lives around Feng Shui, Tai Chi, Yin Yang… “Calligraphy is an excellent example of complexity, diversity, finess, sacredness and ancient history. There are so many codes of conduct in China, and I must admit that it is difficult for foreigners, but it also makes the experience interesting.”

In Moja’s opinion, a good photo means a challenge. “It must go beyond the line that you thought you could never cross. The process of finding beautiful pictures often puts us in a difficult position, and it is this kind of challenge and transcendence that constitutes what we have in our creations. The essence of happiness.”

Fashion is Art without Borders

The unique experience and background make Moja’s art rich, diverse and integrated. “I was born in Africa, I am a Belgian descendant. I completed most of my studies in Italy and eventually chose to stay in Luxembourg. Now I work in 6 different languages. I can’t choose my favorite country because I feel that my home is everywhere. Therefore, I naturally enter many different cultural markets around the world.”

In China, Moja has collaborated with three well-known fashion designers to produce a series of legendary stories. The shooting locations were selected in Xichan Temple, Tulou and West Lake. He draws on household legends and characters, reinvents his characters in a personal way, and describes a unique and poetic China. “I want to understand different fashion cultures, try to re-interpret it by creating a visual story, and connect fashion with it, let the audience forget the reality, and immerse in the mysterious atmosphere full of magic.” He always tries to shoot in difficult locations with amazing backdrops and play among fashion, culture and history.

“I want to create a story that enhances and gives another dimension to the ‘regular’ fashion picture. This is the type of photo I like to take.”

Moja always has a unique insight into photography. He encourages young people who are passionate about photography: “Build a dream, never give up, no matter what people say, stick to your own creed and style. Opportunity always favors those who are prepared. The best work will always be in the next shot.”

 

MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

  MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

 

MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

  MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

 

MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

  MOJA in Portrait Photography Magazine 《人像摄影》

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