You have pictures from different nations, how did this all begin?
I really only started photography in 2007 when I got my first proper camera. I would attribute my passion for travel photography to a trip in Myanmar in 2010 with a fellow enthusiast. I later relocated to Sydney for graduate school and the years I spent in Sydney gave me an abundance of opportunities to indulge in my passion while travelling all around the amazing country. I have since moved back to Singapore and have made it a point to travel at least twice a year.
Is there a place you’ve been that has inspired you the most?
Sri Lanka. The good-natured people, the beautiful landscape and pristine beaches make Sri Lanka the most underrated destination I have been to. I can see why foreigners like myself are willing to trade their big city lives for the simple pleasures this beautiful country provides.
What were the hardest shooting conditions you came across?
Snow. Shooting during winter in Hokkaido, Japan was a nightmare! A lot of effort was put in to ensure that I keep the snow off my equipment, as snow instantly turns into water once indoors, allowing for fungus to grow. I had to get a couple of lenses cleaned for fungus after that trip.
What does photography mean to you?
Travel photography is my reason to escape the daunting corporate world a couple of weeks a year. It’s a brilliant feeling to be able to create, share and be recognized for your work. This year was especially momentous for me – 7 pieces of my work were auctioned in 2 corporate charity events. It’s really amazing when you can see a personal passion contributing in its own unique way.
Is there a place you wanna go to in the near future?
Steve Mccurry is a great influence on my work. I recently visited Sri Lanka to hunt for his ‘Men on Stilts’ image. Next on my list would be another of his iconic series – the colorful city of Rajahstan, India.
How easy is it to get people to pose for you?
I find most locals are friendly and would gladly pose for you if you engage them appropriately. The key is to understand and respect boundaries. I take every opportunity to speak to the locals so as to have a deeper understanding of the culture and social norms.
Interview by Emma Elina Keira Jones