Everybody has a passion in life that brings them copious amounts of joy. We all seek to have an aesthetic that we'd love to develop and mould in order to create something beautiful on a daily basis. For me, especially as of late, has been photography. Having a best friend who lives and breathes her photography inspired me to pursue and nurture my love for it.
I've always been a creative/arty kid since high school, but I just wasn't able to find a medium that really resonated with me in terms of how I wanted to express myself as a creator/artist. Throughout the years, my practice ranged from pencil, charcoal, and pastel drawings to acrylic, water-colour, and oil paintings, none of which seemed to work as well as I hoped. Sure they were beautiful in their own ways, however there was a personal connection with the media that was lacking.
Last winter, I lost all my cameras on a messed up flight to Tokyo. Consequently, I had to shoot the entire trip on my phone, and it turned out much better than I'd expected.
I'm an almost professional photographer. I've done commercial work for outdoor brands and specialise in adventure, travel, and climbing photography. I started an online publication called Nether—go check it out if you like the wilderness and cool articles.
This reflection is about my recently-wrapped photography series, Navigator, which is about the rising generation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. To check it out, look up @inkybattlefields on Instagram.
We all know about light and how it interacts with a camera. We all know that black and white are dangerous places to play in when editing.
I have been a self taught photographer for quite a while now, practicing many different styles and finally figuring out that my passion is moody visuals, mainly self portraits. In a few easy steps, with some basic elements, I will tell you how you can capture a moody portrait.
As a mostly self-taught photographer, I have gone through a lot of trial and error trying to make my photos creative, interesting, and different. As I have developed my personal style, I have come up with something that always takes even the simplest photos to the next level.