Phottix’s Photog Friday, everyone’s favorite feature, has returned from its hibernation. This week meet Alfred Tsang.The Australia-based shooter started to get seriously into photography after a injury that impaired his drawing skills. He enjoys shooting portraits and landscapes and hopes one day to reach the same level as his inspirations Bill Henson, Joe McNally and Richard Kern. Who is Alfred Tsang? Read on….
Country of residence: Australia
Born in 1991, grew up in Sydney and have been fortunate enough to travel to places like New York, Toronto and Hong Kong. Loved taking travel photos and to document times with relatives overseas with a compact camera back then but have since moved onto film SLR’s and now a DSLR. Currently studying at uni and pursuing photography as a hobby.
How did you first get interested in photography?
I got into photography a few years ago, I used to enjoy traditional art, but after an accident in which I was poisoned by a spider and left me temporarily paralyzed in my right side, since then I lost my knack for drawing and started doing work with digital manipulations and moved onto photography in order to take my own pictures that I could use to edit.
What do you like to shoot?
I like to take photos of people primarily, but enjoy landscapes from time to time.
What’s your approach to photography, your philosophy? What do you look for? How do you set-up a shot?
I believe that its the combination of technique to compliment your concept, that’s why you never stop learning and exploring. I set up a shot with a basic idea in my mind, and work from there whilst shooting to remain fluid and in the moment. Things don’t always go according to plan, and I like to adapt and be spontaneous to see what can be done at the shoot. With people I always try to find the right backdrop that would accentuate who they are, and really compliment a portrait.
What is the best photo you have taken? Why? Background and details, please…
That’s a tough question, I’ve never thought about that. But I think I would have to go with a photo of Alexis at Bondi Beach. Alexis was a model that I had worked with before and a friend of mine, and we had decided to shoot again. In this shot I think that the soft overcast natural lighting allowed for both the subject and the background to be evenly exposed, giving a sense of place. I also think that the relaxed nature of the shoot is also reflected in the final photos.
What gear are you using? What else do you want to buy?
I’m currently using a Nikon d90, I spent one year just using a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX, but now have finally moved on to other lenses.
Which area of photography would you like to explore further (macro, landscapes, portraits)
I would like to explore a bit of each, abstract, landscapes, portraits, and make the experiences all come together.
Where do you see your photography 5 years from now?
It would be interesting to see my works being published, but I’m not so fussed about making my passion into a profession. I hope that one day I would be able to reach the level of those who have inspired me, such as Bill Henson, Joe McNally and Richard Kern, and maybe have some occasional work to support this quite expensive hobby!
What the best advice you would give to fellow photographers?
I think my best advice is to go at your own pace, photography is your own passion and shouldn’t feel pressured by others.
Where can we find your images?
I have my own little corner of the internet where people can keep up to date with shoots that I’ve done.