I have been studying photography since I got my first camera from my father when I was 16. I loved taking photos as a way to record my life, or to share memories with others.
My inspiration for street photography mostly comes from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Fan Ho. I also admire photographers like Lewis Hine and Vivian Maier. As part of a project called "Heart of Cuba Street," I am collaborating with Wellington Drawing School, by documenting the working class on Cuba Street. As one of my childhood dreams is to be able to document different people and lifestyles on the street. In addition, I am able to help certain people by making artworks. I am very excited and have been working really hard on this project.
Andrei Tarkovsky, Wong Karwai and so many other filmmakers also inspired me on how photography works for filmmaking. While I was working at Weta Workshop in 2019, a colleague (now a friend) of mine urged me to get into photography by using my iPhone. He suggested that shooting black and white for a start would be a good idea because I would only have to think about lighting and composition at the beginning. Having listened to his advice, I soon overcame my anxiety about photography, which had been holding me back for quite some time. I started taking photos and then soon had a lot of opportunities to work on many film sets as a make-up artist. Every chance I could get to take behind the scenes photos for the filmmakers I worked with, I did. Luckily, thanks to the compliments and appreciation, I fell in love with photography.
Taking inspiration from a lot of great photographer that I have mentioned above, I sometimes imitate their many styles of photography. A lot of these photographs were taken with my old iPhone 6s Plus, and recently I have been upgraded to my friend's Sony DSC-RX10M2 and my new iPhone X. With learning knowledge of different cameras, and with some drawing skills that I am now gaining from Wellington Drawing School, I have found ways to develop my own photography styles as a story teller. It seems like the journey as a photographer for me has just begun, and I am looking forward to it.
THE HEART OF CUBA STREET
Photography Project with Wellington School of Drawing