At 56 years old, SK has been in the photography industry for more than 30 years. Rich with interesting life experiences, he went through the confusing transition period of film camera to digital camera. He has visited over 30 countries to participate in a number of meaningful photography tasks. Working hard while enjoying life, he gained different viewpoints in life and cultural knowledge from these journeys. He has benefited tremendously from these experiences and is satisfied with his current life.
He believes that the law of attraction can lead him to the path of success. As long as a person is full with positive thoughts, he can make every dream of his come true. His interesting life provides him with unlimited discussion topics. Wherever he is, the place will be cheerful and full of laughter.
Q: When did you join the photography industry?
A: About 30 years ago, I was a photographer’s assistant in a rather well-known company. I was constantly accepting challenges from work to accumulate more experience. After 10 years, I started my own photography career.
Q: What is the most unforgettable memory in your photography career?
A: There was a time when I was very close to death. This memory still terrifies me whenever I think of it. We were sailing in a boat in Vietnam. It was low tide and we were forced to wait on the boat. Suddenly, a few local bandits appeared with their parangs to rob us. I lifted my tripod and pointed at them to stop them from getting on our boat. I also warned them not to come near us, or I was going to hurt them. The bandits were shocked and did not expect such a reaction from me. Luckily, this incident ended peacefully.
Q: What is the biggest challenge you faced in your career?
A: It was the process from film camera to digital camera. Most of us back then were just getting exposed to electronic equipment. We weren’t good in using them. I had to learn everything over again.
Q: What frustrates you the most?
A: Once, I received four jobs. I could not handle them alone, so I asked for my friend’s help. For safety purpose, after every photo shoot, I saved the photos many times to make sure that I don’t lose them. However, my friend did not have this habit. Bad things really happened and he lost 50% of the photos. Luckily, the client wasn’t angry and still hired us.
Q: What makes a person a successful photographer?
A: Do early preparation, do your best, respect others and dare to ask whenevr you are not sure of something. Everyone is my teacher. I might not have the knowledge others have. Therefore, asking more isn’t only important for photographers, it is also important for everyone.
Q: What is the thing that you are most proud of?
A: I feel proud when clients like my work. Besides, helping people in need also gives me great pride.
Q: To you, what defines success?
A: Success is something that brings you great achievements, but can also bring you great loss. If you wish to be successful, you have to be positive.
Q: What is your secret to success?
A: Positive thinking is very important. You have to believe in your own potentials and the law of attraction. In this way, you can become successful.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: (laughs) I love listening to gossips actually. I like learning and sharing information with those in different fields. Besides, I enjoy cooking delicious meals for my children when I am free at home. I also love reading and I am interested in international news.
Further Reading: Marcus Low 大厨的梦想启程，皆因爱上甜品