When she started the series, Sirui says she didn’t really have a “vision.” Shooting days were “unstructured” and as much a way to spend time with her friends as they were to take photos. “We just hung out and walked around, and I happened to have my camera with me,” she says. This approach allowed Sirui to capture moments that wouldn’t have been possible if the series had been entirely staged, allowing her to go with her intuition; she was drawn to moments that intrigued her rather than planning the moments she thought she had to capture.

It’s perhaps the most inconspicuous moments that have resulted in the most striking images, such as the shot of Sirui’s friend Lily on a subway station. After a day together, the image emerged as Sirui tried to process the last few frames on her film roll – a feeling many photographers will know well. There’s a palpable sense of peace in the image, the afterglow of a day spent with a loved one, but also the promise of homecoming looming. Or there’s the image of a love letter Sirui found outside her old flat. “It must have flown out of the bin somewhere and that’s a bit heartbreaking,” says Sirui. “It’s a bit mysterious, there’s no names on it, but it’s still really beautiful and romantic.”

The time of day Sirui chooses to shoot, and the resulting tones and lighting, give the series a dreamy, ethereal feel, something that’s also accentuated by her shots of nature; two untouched deer making their way through a field, or the strong branches of a tree reaching up out of frame, giving the sense that their growth could be endless. But it’s the mystical quality of mushrooms that Sirui is most drawn to. “I’ve been fascinated by them for a while,” Sirui says. “Mushrooms aren’t really animals or plants, they have almost otherworldly qualities.” Shown sprouting from a moss-covered branch, or placed under the nose of a friend mimicking a flower, Sirui emphasizes these otherworldly qualities—their long stems and strange textures—against the very real figures of her friends.

Interestingly enough, though, Sirui sees mushrooms and her friends as much more connected than we might think. “They form underground networks that help other species, like trees, communicate with each other,” she says. “That’s so magical to me.” It’s this fact that Sirui recognizes as reflected in the series as a whole, the web of connections between her and her friends, as well as the connections between fleeting moments and fragments of everyday life, all held together in harmony by an almost imperceptible thread.