Like so many photographers it was Jun’s blog which I came across first. Search engines really like blog (there’s a free tip), from there like so many others I’ve interviewed I was taken to his website, and this interview in the result. Enjoy.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m born and raised in Malaysia and now residing in the UK. I’m obsessed with food from different countries; Thai, Spanish and Lebanese are on my top list at the moment! I do rock climbing, play tennis with my mates for leisure. I’m 24 this year and I’m very lucky to have a very loving and supportive family.
What made you get into photography?
It was after playing with my brother’s digital camera 4 years ago. Back then I never was expose to photography at all, maybe once in a while with the disposable party camera. My dad has a Yashica film camera, but it was always hidden, covered in dusts somewhere in the corner of the cupboard and we never shoot with it. It’s such a sad truth but my childhood and teenage years madness moments were never well photographed in pictures. I find that photography helps me to forget about the world, by keeping me sane, to be in the moment and capturing the essence of it.
How did you get started?
Having seen my interest and attempt to learn more on the technical side of photography, my brother gave me my first digital camera (Panasonic FZ-3). Like most people, I explore with landscape, macro, street…basically anything that caught my eye. After awhile, I got bored and started taking pictures of people, mainly friends and slowly I found my interest. I’m attracted to people and the way they interact to my camera. I do a lot of portrait work and now I work a lot with models, dancers and creative team like makeup artist and stylist.
On the editing side, I think my past experience helps because I used to do the editing and processing work for my brother. He is a wedding photographer (www.seontan.com)
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I love beautiful people. I shoot mainly portraits and I’m slowly starting to do more fashion work now.
What gear are you using?
For digital, I’m using Canon for most of my work, simply because I have been using them for years. I’m not into brand wars like Nikon or Canon, I feel that as long as the photographer is comfortable with whichever make and utilising the best equipment that works for him/her and get the job done is more important.
Sometimes, I also shoot film with my dad’s Yashica 35mm camera. Now that baby is getting some attention. 😉 Just a couple of days ago, I showed my processed film to an elderly man (he used to shoot with film) and started to talk about the stories behind the pictures and was like telling him how enthralled and amazed I was with the grain and color leak effect that I got from my film camera. He was startled, shook his head and said to me “generation these days, old school is the new school eh? ”
Whats your favourite lens and why?
I would say the 24-105mm f/4 lens works best for me. I never fail to bring it out, it’s so versatile and multi purpose. I’m also very happy with my 50mm f/1.4. By asking me this question, you just reminded me of getting a f/1.2 lens. I will wait for that day to come. 😉
How are you marketing yourself?
I think most of them are through words of mouth. I think this is the best way for me so far. I also use social media like facebook, twitter and flickr.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Wow, this is a hard question. I have a few that is still waiting to be published and I can’t share it. For now, it would be this…
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Shoot, shoot and keep shooting. There’s where you will develop your creativeness and find your own style. There are like million of photographers out there, everyone with a camera. You have to have your own style that makes you…you, to make a client hire you for what you make. And also be patient, it’s not something like after buying an expensive camera and a mac and you will turn professional. Lastly, enjoy the whole creative journey…