From Marc Erwin Babej’s article for American Photo:
[Yankus:] I never saw myself as an architectural photographer. It’s not about the buildings themselves and their features, but about what I feel when I experience them. It’s about creating my own world, a magical space for my memories and imagination.
In my earlier works, soft focus became my visual vocabulary—a state in between in and out of focus. Soft focus was my focus, in a poetic sense. It invites to see images less in literal way, and more for their color, light and shape. After all, these were the aspects that mattered the most to me.