A Humble Beginning
So how did it all happen?
I can still vividly remember that one particular day back in 2008 when John McMullan was giving the class a lecture on the basics of the video camera. The alien jargons like shutter-speed, aperture, film-speed and exposure left me terribly bewildered as I ended the lesson. Being a goofy little hat, I was prompted to resolve my illiteracy by picking up the basics of a still camera. So there was, shortly later, my first digital-SLR, the Nikon D90 with the very basic Nikkor 18-105mm lens that began this journey of photographing. It didn’t take me very long to realise that photography was an expensive hobby, in comparison to say, stamp collecting? But with the little that I had, I was enthusiastically photographing my friends in their outings, social events and church meetings.
Photography is truth. And cinema is truth twenty-four times a second.
A year later, I ventured into fashion and glamour photography through the inspiration and encouragement of two excellent photographers How Boon and Sarah Liane. Having loved portraits, I reckoned it was time to take what I was doing to a whole new level. On one hand, I was immensed with my books in University and on the other, I was actively seeking opportunities to collaborating with aspiring models, friends and makeup artistes. The process was challenging but it never fails to satisfy. It felt like a journey of personal self-discovery and a conventional mishmash learning process of understanding, directing and photographing.