Q: What advice would you give to somone just starting out in photography?
A: The most important thing which has been helping me develop as a photographer is researching established photographers from any time period and exposing myself to as many fine art pieces as possible and then writing about each one. Writing down what I notice such as elements and principles of design, or the emotion in a photograph has made me more aware of what I shoot. Not only that, exposure will allow you to be aware of the many types and themes of photography, different techniques, and will help you develop your own style. Another piece of advice I have is to always be authentic with yourself; choose photography because you believe in the art form and capture pictures of what you’re passionate about, it will show in your photos. Anyone can learn how to use cameras and the equipment, but not everyone has an artistic vision—this is what separates talented and unimaginative photographers.
Q: What is the local Vancouver photography community like?
A: I believe Vancouver’s photography community is not overly diverse. I don't know much about the community, but from what I have seen around, I feel that there is little effort when it comes to each photographer developing a unique style. People seem to look up to artists high up in the industry and try to replicate their aesthetic.