So, how do you feel about this Edwin project, compared to your previous projects?
It’s great! Working together with this creative, crazy, young, up and coming team.
Which part of the shooting process for this project do you find challenging?
That would be the motorbike shots. It’s difficult to capture a good view of the butt under the sun.
And your after thoughts on this project?
The police station is just beside our shooting location, what do you think??
So, how long have you been a photographer?
It has been 13 years.
How did you get into this line?
(Embarrassing smile)… …after failing to get past form 5 in primary school, what can I do? (Shrugs shoulder) Got to use my brain and creativity to make a living lah!
What goes on in a normal working day for you?
Well, I’ll have to be in front of the “stupid square box” (the computer) and hold the “stupid black box” (the camera) for up to 20 hours a day. Hmmm (makes an ironic expression), does it constitute as normal? (Laughs)
Which job is your most memorable shoot?
It was a surgery shoot (capturing the removal of blockages in the arteries).
What happened exactly?
I had to stand at this exact spot throughout the procedure. No movement, no noise, and no studio lights. The "butcher" in front was using his surgery knife on a baby, cutting and slicing (makes a sick face). After all that, he used a G-clamp to expose the chest and I could see the baby's heart moving. The scene horrified me.
Do you have any personal favourite works so far in your career?
I love my interior and architecture shots.
Where do you draw your inspirations?
I always try to feel everything around me everyday. See more, smell more, taste more, and most of all, absorb everything. After absorbing everything, my inspiration will come. After all there’s this saying, “When the inspiration comes, you’ve got to go”. (Smug smile)
Good pun. How about heroes? Do you have any photographer heroes?
Well, this is a difficult question for me. I admire a lot of photographers and their works, but I never remember their names – especially those European photographers with really difficult to pronounce names.
So, why are they your heroes?
Their works always give me inspiration and motivation. I’ve learnt a lot from them. That’s why to date I’ve got more than 100 heroes – including photographers from Malaysia and Singapore.
There is wide variety of subjects, objects, locations, people...etc in the world. Which is the one person, thing, or location you’ll love to take a picture of before you retire?
Maybe a car is the product I would like to have a go at before I retire.
Why is that so?
Well, because there are no car manufacturers in Penang.
Do you have any advice for young people who’ll want to become a photographer?
Hmm (evil smile), better not give any advice so that I can survive in this business longer ha hah… (Ponders to think for a second). Well, you must have interest in this line and don’t care what you are going to earn. Go with your instinct on what you want to create and most importantly, enjoy the process. If you don’t, then please don’t come and destroy the market.
Thank you for your time to answer these questions. We look forward to work with you again!
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