Andy was born in the beautiful city of Kuching and brought up in a humble family. He fell in love with the art of photography when he was working as a volunteer onboard the humanitarian vessel, MV Douglos. He is self-taught in the art of photography. Leaning from all that he had which is Nikon camera catalogs and UK photography magazines from the 1960s. He started shooting with film back in 1997 with his first fully manual film camera which cost only RM 899.00 the Nikon FM10 + manual kit lens Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-5.6. Couldn’t afford a flash he shot everything on available light until he borrowed a really old manual Minolta flash a year later which only has the setting of Low and High power output. With that he shot numerous actual wedding days, corporate events and fashion shows. From there he saved up and bought more used equipment, mostly manual focus lenses.
“Back then the only film I could afford was the Agfa VISTA ISO200 which cost RM 6.00 a roll for 36 frames. To me every click counts! ”
In 2008, after enjoying his profession as his hobby in an oil and gas corporation for over 4 years as systems engineer and telecommunication analyst, he is now focusing on his career as a professional photographer. Andy is currently based in Kuala Lumpur and has done countless assignments that range from the mundane to the spectacular, including local and overseas weddings, beauty pageants, international conventions, international music festivals and concerts, international clubbing events, editorial assignments around the region for numerous magazines; the list goes on.
I work with basic gear as I believe that the greatest images are captured by the heart and soul through the artistic eyes of the photographer and in the most decisive manner possible, not by the most expensive and up-to-date equipment. I love shooting people shots, especially when they are unaware. This really allows me to capture the emotions and their natural expressions. I always shoot with the widest aperture that my lens will allow. It gives me shallow depth of field, which draws the viewer’s attention to the subject and emphasizes the emotions and expressions on the subject’s face. My personal recipe is to shoot in available light.
When shooting nightlife, I always bend the rules of photography if not, break them to create my images. I work with available ambient lights in the club to create the sense of rhythms around the clubbers. I love movement shots in clubs.
I aim to capture the extraordinary out of the ordinary and keeping to my motto “the world is my studio“. And I pray that the images that I create will have life changing and positive impact on people’s life.
Inspiring the rest, it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle!
On assignment in Maldives. June 2016.