I'm a 28 year old photographer from Bournemouth in the south of the UK. I graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth in 2012. In 2014, I booked a one-way flight to Asia in the search of turning my life upside down.
In my travels I visited big cities in Asia to get inspired by new cultures, skyscrapers and scenes that I'd only ever seen on google images. Something that I'd never seen back home. When I arrived in Hong Kong I came with a camera and not much else. After living in a youth hostel for 111 days, and after 98 job applications, I eventually got a job in architecture. In my time staying in that hostel, I had very little money and a lot of spare time - so I used it to teach myself photography. I went out almost everyday exploring Hong Kong and learning how to use my camera. The city itself kept me constantly inspired.
I went on to work in architecture for two years here in Hong Kong. In that time my eye for angles and perspectives developed and I always seemed to be drawn to the city around me. As I started to get some positive reactions from my photos, I also started to get booked to shoot small events. I kept pursuing the small amount of work I was getting and eventually, I quit architecture. Instead, I decided that my true passion lied with photography and went on to pursue it full time.
In order to survive in one of the world's most expensive cities with only a camera, I taught myself how to shoot almost every type of photography - just so I could keep a roof over my head and put food on my plate. I taught myself everything from cityscapes to portraits, food to interiors, drone work to videography. When somebody asked if I could do something - the answer was always 'yes.'
The journey to get to where I am was often at times, a test. Hong Kong can be an unforgiving place when work was quiet, or payments were late, I suffered. It was also in those times where photography kept me going, and going out and shooting for myself helped me to persevere through tough times and stay motivated.
I've now been a photographer based in Hong Kong for over 4 years and have been fortunate enough to work on a huge variety of events and projects with brands from all across the world. I have now shot over 1000 events in Hong Kong and overseas. I combine a variety of experiences and skills to put together my photography style, whether its aerial work, fashion, video, products, food, portraits, landscapes, architecture, corporate, nightclubs, art, sports or festivals, I’ll bring in a whole range of experiences and a whole bunch of passion when I take on any project.
All in all, I hope my work shows you new perspectives of Hong Kong that maybe you've never seen before. Whether its the city or the events happening within it - I hope my photos inspire you to take get out there and take a second look at the things around you .
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