AD 103 | Rina Yang
“The Art Of Finding Yourself”

Rina Yang is a director of photography based in London. She grew up in a small city in Japan, where she studied still life and portrait painting.

Yang is a highly accomplished cinematographer who has worked with clients such as: Netflix, Nike, Vice, and Saatchi & Saatchi, and musicians including: Kendrick Lamar, FKA Twigs, Vince Staples, Charli XCX, and many more.

Show Notes: 
  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 01:31 - Mother's Influence
  • 03:00 - Starting From Painting & Manga
  • 04:03 - Recording Everything & Surveillance Man Social Experiment
  • 05:25 - Growing up in Japan and Trouble in School
  • 09:11 - Moving to London and Film School
  • 10:49 - 3 Year Plans of Changing Goals
  • 13:15 - Lonely Nomadic Lifestyle
  • 16:29 - Filmmaking as a Woman of Color
  • 20:45 - Ending of Gender Age
  • 22:27 - Thoughts When Alone
  • 25:27 - Evaluating Yourself and Selfish Motives
  • 27:32 - Trust Instincts
  • 30:25 - Talking About Her Work
  • 35:59 - Movies Currently Liking
  • 38:51 - Reality Mixed With VR & AR
  • 40:27 - Growing Up Korean in Japan
  • 42:11 - Growing Out of Friendships
  • 44:07 - Scared of Possible Futures and The Need To Chill
  • 48:01 - Immediate Goal in Career
  • 50:44 - Advice to Trying to Pursue a Career in the Arts
  • 51:39 - Wrap Up

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Posted 08.20.2018


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino