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Interview from UK

前接受了一個訪問,原本沒有想過答案會是這麼長篇大論。但我腦裡面,總是有一種「想人明白我的說話」的想法,最後變得有點冗長。既然已經有了答案,倒不如在這裡分享一下。

1.When did you start taking photo or become interested in photography?

 

很小的時候已經喜歡攝影,但因為家庭環境不太富裕,用的都是小相機。而且沒有所謂攝影美學,只是喜歡找不同角度拍攝風景。

大概是十多年前,第一次到歐洲旅行,為了拍攝更美麗的風景,所以真正買了第一部的 SLR 。但真正對攝影美學產生興趣,是因為一幅在 London National Gallery 名為  The Execution of Lady Jane Grey 的油畫開始。當時被那幅油畫上的,光影、層次、人物吸引著,那時一直在想:「竟然 100 多年前的人已經對光影和層次感那樣講究」,完全推翻一直以來對「畫」的概念。或者就由那時開始才真正學習利用相機去繪畫。

I started taking photos when I was very young.All I used was a cheap mini camera because I wasn’t born in a wealthy family. I liked to shooting landscape with different angles and there wasn’t anything so-called photography aesthetics.

About ten years ago ,I bought my first SLR camera in order to photograph better scenery before my first trip to Europe.

I became interested in photography since looking at a painting called” he Execution of Lady Jane Grey”in London National Gallery.I was attracted by its lighting,level and character,then I kept thinking”Wow,people paid attention to light and shadow,level even hundred years ago”,it has completely overturned my thought about painting.So maybe I actually started to learn to “paint” properly using my camera from that time.

 

2.Whose work has influenced you most?

 

攝影工作上對我影響較大的是美國攝影師 Annie Leibovitz,雖然 Annie Leibovitz 近年的作品都商業味很重,但在她鏡頭下捕捉的名人明星,都十分與別不同。我很喜歡她相片上那種優雅的感覺,而且她拍攝的照片,大部都擁有豐富的質感和層次感。

Annie Leibovitz,an American photographer has quite great influence on my photography work.Although her recent works has become more commercial ,celebrities look very different in her photos.I like her photo’s elegant feeling and most of her photos have rich texture and sense of layering.

3.Among your works,which photo is your favourite?Why?

 

現時為止,最喜歡的作品是去年為一本 Magazine 拍攝的封面,這一輯照片以公主、皇后和迷宮作主題,主角是 Angelababy。

喜歡的原因主要是因為可以將很多期待以久的拍攝的原素,放在一輯可公開發布的商業照片上。其次是因為香港這個高度快速的社會,給相片創作的空間、時間及資源非常有限,很多時就算客人肯付錢,但亦都未必有足夠時間,就算是有足夠時間都可能因為品牌形象或者藝人形象等等很多鎖碎的原因,不能夠加以發揮。可是這一輯照片由籌備到後期,有很充裕的時間給我和我們的團隊準備和制作。而且除了某些 Product Sponsor 之外,基本上都是自由創作。加上主角的 Image 又剛好配合我們這個故事。

另外,如上一個問題所說,這一輯相片多少是給 Annie Leibovitz 近年都在拍攝一個名為 Disney Dream 為主題的相片影響。我很喜歡這類型的主題,但是這輯照片上的故事是重新創作,雖然在畫面上不能看到整個故事,但靈感完全來自兩套電影 “The Lord of the Ring" + “Pan’s Labyrinth" 啟發,再重新創作的新故事。

My favourite work so far is a cover photo for a magazine that I’ve done last year.It’s themes are princess,queen and maze,the model is Angelababy.

Firstly,The main reason that I like it is because I can put lots of awaited photography elements together in a series of publicly released commercial photo. Secondly, because Hong Kong is a rapid society,the space of creative ,time and resources of a photo is very limited .Sometimes there won’t be enough time even if customers are willing to pay.However,We still can’t make the most even though we have enough time because of the brand and artist image and other trivial reasons.But there was ample time for me and my team for setting up and production from preparation to post-production.Apart from those so-called Product sponsor,we had creative freedom on it.The artist’s image also matched our story.

In Addition,as I’ve mentioned before,this series of photos is influenced by Annie Leibovitz’s Disney themed photograph .I ready like this type of topic,but the story of this series is recreated.Although we can’t see the whole story visually ,it was inspirited and recreated from two films, The Lord of the Ring and Pan’s Labyrinth.

 

 

 

4.Where did your ideas come from ?

 

Idea 可能每個攝影師都會有不同的靈感來源,我的 Idea 主要來自電影和音樂。

我很喜歡看電影,不同類型的電影我都會看,電影看多了,腦裡面收藏了很多不同的畫面。

正如剛才說的那一輯相片,我說的靈感來源是來自兩部電影,其實還有一首音樂。可能您會猜想那首音樂一定是一首很優美的古典音樂或者是經典的 Opera。可惜不是。為這輯相片帶來靈感的,是一首香港本地的廣東歌,甚至稱不上是流行曲的流行音樂。與其說那輯照片的靈感是來自電影,實際情況是在某一天在 iPhone 上聽著音樂,聽到這一首歌,歌詞的內容令我幻想到 The Lord of the Ring 上的一些畫面。之後我再不斷重複又重複再聽,畫面和故事漸漸就成形了。

其實我相信不同類型的音樂或歌曲,在歌詞或 Melody 之間都會另我產生不同的情緒,而不同的電影、雜誌相片、甚至油畫都為我腦海儲存了很多美麗畫面。這兩樣東西結合一起,就會給了我很多不同的創作靈感。

Idea! Properly each photographer will likely to have different source of idea, my ideas are mainly from film and music.

I like watching movies and I watch different types of movie.There is a collection of different scenes in my head as I watched more and more films.

As I have said before,my inspiration comes from two movies,in fact a song as well.You may guess this song must be a nice classical song or some classical opera. Actually this series of photographs is inspired by a local Hong Kong Cantonese non-pop song.One day I was listening to this song on IPhone,the lyrics linked me the scene of The Lord of the Ring.Then the story and picture gradually came out as I kept replayed the song.

I believe different types of music will produce various emotions through their lyrics or melodies.Different movies,magazine photos and even paintings provided me beautiful pictures.It gives me inspiration when these two things combined together.

 

 

5.Would you say photography is a hard line of work to get into?

 

同地方,有不同的文化。我不知道其他地方的攝影行業是怎樣,但以香港為例,要成為攝影師不難,但要成為市場認可的攝影師,可能要花很多功夫。

香港是一個市場主導的城市,接受能力可能比中國大陸還要低,加上香港地方先天不足,元素局限。文化上香港是一個速食城市,大部份本地客戶對照片的要求都是最好以低成本,短時間,高質素為前提。如果只是拍攝自己喜歡的主題,不需要理會市場需求的攝影師,在這個市場上跟本只能夠說是攝影愛好者。但如果要跟著市場走,這些亦只能就是攝影技術員,因為這些攝影師基本上拍不出任何風格,只是跟著客戶或者廣告公司的要求,完成任務而已。

要平衡風格和市場,其實我仍是在努力當中。

其實攝影行業還有很多的職位都需要不同的人士,例如 Producer , Retoucher , Lighting 等等……但無奈在香港大部份喜歡攝影的人,都只渴望做攝影師。

Different places have different cultures so I don’t know about other countries’ photography industry. But for example in Hong Kong,It is not hard to be a photographer but it takes a lot of effort to become a market recognized photographer.

Hong Kong is a market-leaded city,the ability to accept different things may even lower than mainland China together with its initial disadvantages and limitation of various elements.In Hong Kong,time is money,most of the requirement of local customers are the best for photos at a low cost,short term and high quality as a precondition.If you only photograph your liked topic and ignore the demand of the market,you are just an amateur photographer in this market.But if you follow the market,you are only a photographic technician ,because they won’t photograph in their own style.They are just completing a task from the customer or advertisement company.

Personally,I am still trying to a balance between style and the market.

The photography industry needs different persons such as producer,retoucher and lighting etc…However,the majority of photography lovers in Hong Kong only willing to be a photographer.


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