The last series entitled Wind of Okhotsk by Shanghai-based photographer Ying Yin captures the city of Abashiri, Hokkaido covered in heavy snow. Inspired by memories of her hometown and desire to visit a snowy area, Yin went back earlier this year to capture the stillness of the wintery land that looks like an unfinished painting.
In 2015 I made a trip to Hokkaido, the most northern island of Japan. The trip started from Sapporo and at last got to Abashiri, the city located on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea. There is a train named “Okhotsk-no-Kaze (Wind of Okhotsk)” that runs between these two cities, which inspired the name of my project. It was wonderful for me to see such heavy snow. My sight was filled with the color white, and cities were sleeping in the snow. Snow can make usual things unusual. Snow covered many useless things, and that made many interesting details appear. Snow is like a frame: it makes everything individual. The buildings, the people walking, the car... the frozen time become a story inside this frame, a silent and lonely story. These stories belong to the city, the city is built up by these stories.See more of Ying Yin's work on Behance.