As a portrait and travel photographer, Peter Yuan’s main focus is to communicate with his viewers what he sees interesting, beautiful and joyful around us. He hopes to capture those moments through motion, light and human expressions.
Peter started taking photographs at a very young age under the influence of his father. Seen much as a luxury in the life of Shanghai, China in the 1970s, taking a few photos with his father’s camera was certainly an experience Peter can boast about in front of friends. After winning a government scholarship to study in UK, life has taken him to many parts of the world. Peter has always kept a camera close by, documenting his journeys through life.
After graduating from the Ivey MBA program in Canada, Peter has spent the last 20 years working in the financial services industry. “There is a surprising similarity between taking a picture and understanding my clients. You are constantly piecing together the details that you observe to further your knowledge. You are constantly developing ideas to put your clients in the best light possible. You always remind yourself to be humble that you could miss something important, or things can change, or there is a better angle.”
Studying the masters in classical paintings is another passion in life. Chiaroscuro as typified by works of Caravaggio has had a profound influence on Peter’s photography. He has travelled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MoMA, The MET in New York, the Getty in Los Angelas, the Tate, National Gallery in London, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Uffizi in Florence, the Vatican Museum in Rome and the Guggenheim in Bilbao to study classic portrait paintings.