Interview with Kelvin Chan

When did you interest in photography begin?
I always love art back when I was very young. I like the idea of creating and making my imagination comes to life. So in 2010, that was when I bought my first dslr, treating it as a medium for my creation.

Why did you decided to become portrait photographer?
I find people are unique and inspiring. Everyone have their own story and I find that very captivating.

How would you describe your style?
I would say fashionable, surreal and fantasy.

Being a self-taught photographer is hard. I have struggled with lighting, retouching, technical settings, everything you can think of.

What kind of camera(system) and lenses do you use?
I am currently using the Sony a7R iii, Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM & Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA

What are some of the qualities of a great portrait?
For me it is all about story telling. What does the subject want to portray, what does the photographer wants to portray and viewer to see. All that must come hand in hand to create a final piece art.

What challenge have you overcome as a photographer?
Being a self-taught photographer is hard. I have struggled with lighting, retouching, technical settings, everything you can think of. Hardworking and determination is the only key to succeed. Never to give up easily. Now I see all challenges are just simple task. Wanting something is easy, you just have to work hard for it. The hardest part is how desperate you want it. And I desperately want to be good in photography.

What’s a new skill you’ve learned recently, either personally or professionally?
Being passionate towards your work and yourself is very important. Only then, you will constantly finding ways to improve personally and professionally.

Professionally, what was your highest high and lowest low?
If you are referring to achievements, well I did won a few international awards. (I was lucky). The lowest was the time I sold off all my gears and give up photography.

What are your five-year goals?
Travel the world doing fashion photography.

Can you share a portrait that you have made, that is special to you?

Kelvin Chan

Please tell us why it’s special and important to you?
I was experimenting with Ultra Violet light (UV) for portraits and it was extremely hard for me as UV lights for photography was extremely expensive. Not only that, back then I am without any photography equipment, not even a SD card. So I end up having to build my own UV lights, borrowed all the photography gears from friends. This shot won a lot of awards and it was a turning point not just in my photography but also myself.