Here is the interview with him:
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a retired businessman who took up photography to document my family. Now that I am retired, I have a lot of flexibility with my time, which allows me to pursue photography in a serious manner. I have taken multiple trips around Asia and North America. I like revisiting the same places since with each trip, I gain more insight and understanding of the area. Although I like to explore different subject matters in photography, I find myself gravitating towards landscape and nature.
What is your photography history?
In efforts to document my family history, I started taking pictures with a manual Minolta SLR camera in my early thirties. With a series of trial and error, I took many successful family pictures. This experience left a very positive impression. Then, approximately 20 years ago, I met a group of avid photographers and that started my journey in taking pictures seriously.
Can you describe your photography style?
Like everything in life, I learned how to take pictures from reading, researching, and experimentation. I took down systematic notes as I tested out theories and techniques that I have read about. From trial and errors, I formed my own theories about the subject matter. One of the main reasons I love photography is that it combines the technical aspects with artistic creativity.
I started off with film photography using Leica m6 and m7, followed by Nikon f100 and f5. Then I explored with medium formats using Hasselblad cw503 and 905. Last, but not least, I tried Mamiya 7 .2
Afterwards, I went into digital photography with Nikon d1x, Nikon d2x, Nikon d2xs, Leica m8, Nikon d3, and Nikon d3x. I also used Hasselblad 503, 905 with Sinar digital back. Digital photography was such a liberating experience. Ever since I started digital photography, I never turned back. Digital gave me the full control of the process from shooting, processing, and printing Using the printers Epson 4000, 4800, 2400, and Hp1300, I am able to produce prints with depth, warmth, and details. I like to compare the process of digital photography to the same process a chef would go through: picking the ingredients at the market, creating the recipe, cooking the dish and serving the dish.
I get my inspirations from nature. Whenever I go on a photographic trip, I like to stay way from the crowd, get a quiet space, and let the subject speak to me. Approaching a subject matter with a new perspective is very important for me. Taking a solitary walk allows me to keep my work original, without getting influence by others, but retaining the organic process of an artist approaching his craft.
Any advise for aspiring PhotoMalaysia members?
My advice for others is the same advice to myself. Study the fundamentals of photography well. Learn the basics of the camera, techniques, and let your imagination take you to different levels. Do not be afraid of taking risks. Experiment and learn. Share your knowledge but always be open to learn more. I am still taking classes and reading to educate myself. I am also actively coaching and helping my fellow photographers. It is with these conversations and learning arenas that allow creativity to flourish.