My thoughts on travel photography.
I know it's a cliché, but I truly believe that travel creates a greater understanding between peoples. It’s wonderful to travel and visit those far-away places that you’ve only dreamed about. However, whilst it’s exciting to see famous vistas and buildings - for me, it has always been the people who have crossed my path that has made a lasting impression.
Stereotypical ideology can be stripped away. Underneath our different cultures, language and faith we are all very similar. When you open yourself up to people – even with just a smile – others will open themselves up to you. When I look at any one of my portraits, it brings back an instant recollection of where I was and the interaction that took place – more often than not, a rewarding one! When shooting on the streets, the biggest hurdle to overcome is the fear of rejection. But I’ve found that approaching people with a smile and much respect can win people over and, sometimes, even end up with a lasting friendship. On occasion, I’ve been able to take prints back to people I’ve photographed and that has been especially lovely.
What I like most about street photography is the unexpected. You just never know whom you’re going to meet – and often it will be a person who will stay in your memory forever.
Associate Diploma of Arts in Applied Photography, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) and a Major in Asian Studies, Queensland University, Queensland, Australia
Australian Institute of Professional Photography - Gold, Silver & Bronze Award 1994
Australian Institute of Professional Photography - Silver Award 1996
Camera Gear Used
Fujifilm X cameras and lenses