Photography: Overcoming Barriers / by Albert Tsang

Photography has been a strange yet wonderful journey. 21 years ago, my art teacher told me I had terrible creative abilities and should stick with my other strengths (admittedly, I was terrible at drawing). Subsequently, I took that advice and ran with it. 6 years ago, I had started to absorb and appreciate surroundings I never took notice of and thus in 2013, I invested in photography to freeze moments in time and to capture my visions, to date, I think it's gone rather well.

The one thing with photography is that the images taken by each and every individual is tailored to their perspective. Like art or wine, it is all subjective, as long as you appreciate it, there is no bad art or bad wine in the same way that there is no bad photo, but to capture one that floats the boat of others, that is where opinions become divided. It all comes down to expectations and whether you can nurture them, much like how my art teacher told me I had terrible creative abilities.

Sunrise over Eastbourne Pier

Sunrise over Eastbourne Pier

I often get asked why I don't undertake photography as a full-time profession. As much as I love photography, there are times where I feel my expectations don't match the reality. The above photo taken recently had required patience and timing to pull off (3 days of planning, weather monitoring, timing and location, getting up at 2am to be on location before sunrise) but it had fell far short of expectation, the original photo did not go to plan due to an unforeseen closure at the pier.

Photography may be the bread and butter for some people but for myself, I enjoy the dynamics of photography where it can pose as a challenge yet there are times where I will simply set the camera down and simply absorb and enjoy my surroundings through what my eyes see and what my ears hear. My perception of photography is that it may freeze a moment in time but to experience the moment of that photo, you cannot replace being at the moment in time during which that photo was taken.

Photography in itself is a form of art, the only limitation is yourself. Some people have commented on the importance of camera gear (I’ll come to this in another blog post), there are instances to which this is true such as the ability to isolate the subject you are shooting, but given some of my most successful photos come from photos taken with an iPhone 5 and an old point-and-shoot camera (Canon IXUS V3), it goes to show you can take some genuinely amazing photos with whatever you have at your disposal. In conclusion, get out there and enjoy what the world has to offer, take the photos that floats your boat, for everyone and everything else, it's a matter of whether it suits them or not.