“As we grow older, I don’t think people would want to see us shaking lollipops and acting all cute. Instead, they would want us to strive to perfect ourselves as artists. If that’s the case, then we’re confident that we can be such artists.” - Kwon Yuri
Hi! I don’t usually write any serious post, but I feel like sharing something.
I started photography back in high school. I was only 16? 17? I was young. I used to love drawing. I would draw anime characters and make little manga. It’s a way for me to please myself. But then my dad bought me a DSLR camera! It was a Nikon D40x. my first camera ever! I was so happy back then. I feel like I can be a professional photographer someday. When you’re young, you feel like you can achieve anything. And of course the road to your dream isn’t a walk in the park, you have to work HARD. So I started shooting. I would shoot my little sister, some friends and even go to concerts to try stage photography. I tried everything. The photos are not that good. I was proud of it back then. But looking back now, it was just a mess. Well I was alone in High School, and in fashion photography you need a team (consist of make-up artists, stylists, assistant etc.). I didn’t have a team back then.
photos i took back in 2009-2010
In university, I get to meet new friends who are filmmakers, make-up artists, and models!! So I get to collaborate with them. I would approach juniors and asked whether they want to do a photo shoot with me. I used my ‘senior’ card, and I always apologize to them about me not giving them any compensation. I promised them, one day, I would pay them. Just not now ;) all of them are great. I once had this shoot that started at 00:30 am midnight! And we finished around 4 am. It was crazy! But we had so much fun and all of us skipped class the next day haha.
It’s been 4 years since I started photography, and nothing much has changed. I still struggle finding talents, I still struggle with wardrobe. And I would constantly STARE at photos on the internet, and saved a bunch of them and STARE again and I would STARE again! HOW THE HELL DID THESE PHOTOGRAPHERS PRODUCE SUCH IMAGES!!?? I mean they shoot with DSLR camera; I shoot with DSLR camera, why can’t I produce the same images!!?
latest work of mine. featuring Yoo Seoung Hun
So what I’m trying to say is, I’m still struggling just like every amateur photographer out there. We just have to keep shooting. I once watched this interview of Nicoline Patricia Malina. She said that she used to do photo shoots 3 times a week. She’s that determined to learn photography. We all should learn from her. "We should always be curious". Curious to produce great images that is. That’s the key. Never let that curiosity go.