THOMAS TEO.

AN INTERVIEW.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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