Colette Fu makes pop-up books. But not the kind that perhaps most people are used to.
A trained photographer who was raised by a mechanical engineer, Fu has a somewhat unique background that has inspired her to add pop-up effects to her photo books, which document life in China. She likens the construction of her three dimensional books to assembling a puzzle, with extra care given to backgrounds and outstretched limbs for just the right sense of perspective.
Fu’s most recent collection, “We Are Tiger Dragon People,” features shots taken during her three years in China’s Yunnan Province. Interestingly, each set was taken over the course of a single day and tells a unique story of local culture.
While the artist admits that pitches to publishers have been challenging, her trials haven’t stopped her from forging on, as she still intends to figure out a way to share her work on a wider platform.
Fu’s work has been on display in places like the Philadelphia International Airport and Towson University Asian Arts and Culture Center.