His was supposed to become a programmer. But due to various coincidences, he became an artist, and chose photography as his primary medium. Later, he went to the Rochester Institute of Technology, enrolling in the school's MFA program to further his studies in photography.
He has been significantly influenced by numerous artists, such as Uta Barth, Paul Graham, and Gregory Halpern. He has also been influenced by philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze, Martin Heidegger, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Tianxi believes that photography is a visible projection of the invisible, a form of revelation. To elaborate, the "invisible" typically refers to emotions, thoughts, memories, or things that are difficult to articulate in words. In his work, common methods include semi-fiction, mapping, and rhizomatic image networks. On the other hand, Tianxi has devoted a considerable amount of time to studying and researching color photography. He views color as a unique form of expression. This form of expression transcends language, much like the vibrations of music acting directly on sensations.