Editor’s Note: Each week we’ll be featuring members of the Photofocus community.  Part of our New Year’s resolution is to focus on new and emerging talent.  As such, Melissa Niu will personally select images from our readers and feature them here on Photofocus.


This photo is part of a series of landscape images that explores both the visual and emotional aspects of the environment. For the past two years, I have made weekly visits to a lily pond near my home, in search of new ways of interpreting the space and form I encounter. For this image I used an old manual analog lens, mounted on a Lumix G2. I love working with older lenses as they slow me down and make my compositions more considered.

I work as an artist and use photography as part of my visual language. I recently completed a number of projects in South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia which can be viewed on the websites below.

— Roman Schatz


To see more works in this series please visit Roman’s Tumblr and see more of his portfolio at

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About MelissaNiu

Melissa Niu is a storyteller at heart. Niu's work ranges from her Broadcast Journalism experience at NBC in Seattle to her recent work as a co-founder and host of the photography platform, [FRAMED] Network. Her passion for photography, music and journalistic skills harvests into a massive need to tell a good story. As a mother of three daughters and running multiple businesses, Niu is constantly seeking balance, health, laughter and progression.


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