“I have a hard time bundling up my pictures in groups,
because they come to me capriciously .
Sometimes in sets, sometimes on their own.
Sometimes I catch them, sometimes I stage them.
But In general, I can say this: I take a lot of pictures of myself,
I take a lot of pictures out of pure anxiety,
I take a lot of pictures based on dreams I have,
and I take a lot of pictures of my boyfriend, bless his heart.
To say anything else would be to stuff this up with hay. (That makes sense in Spanish, I promise)”
Yin-lai Trinidad Ng is a Chinese-Dominican photographer based in Spain. It’s easy to pick up the underlying hum of anxiety and urgency in her images- a stressful moment that leads to nail biting, pins in her palm, a possible crisis cured by a self-administered hair cut. While the narratives strung throughout her images are not concrete and are rather open-ended, she has a gentle and comforting approach to capturing something that seems to be causing some kind of uncertainty. When asked why she photographs the way she does, Trinidad Ng replies with,
As a way of dealing with myself, and issues with perception and self perception, and also as a sort of link to a world I don’t fully understand and from which I feel very alienated sometimes. But I don’t want to make a huge dramatic statement about all this, because this isn’t huge and this isn’t dramatic, it’s just a woman that has a lot of feelings.