How was your childhood? I grew up with an inferiority complex being Asian, so I kind of hated things that made me look even more Chinese, like eating rice and taking karate class. In high school and college I realised my errors and found my interests and tastes leaned way more towards Japanese, Hong Kongnese, and Taiwanese art/pop culture, like the films of Tsai Ming Liang, Stephen Chow, Wong Kar Wai (pre-2046), Kore-eda Hirokazu. Also Hiromix?s book by Steidl, Rinko Kawauchi?s Utatane and Shoji Ueda?s works were big revelations for me before I became serious about photography.
What work inspires? I tend to like books, music and films which blur the line between childhood and adulthood. Maybe a better way to describe it would be that I like things that are made for kids but meant for adults and vice versa. John Lennon reminded me of a kid rather than an adult, even when he had a long beard.
Are you glad you found photography? What did you want to do as a career when you were younger? Like I said before, I wanted to make movies. I have always been kind of a dreamer; more so before. I always thought that if you made something unique and original then that would be enough to carry you, but when I was about to graduate from film school I was beginning to figure out how the ‘industry’ and the real world worked, so I got jaded pretty quickly and gave it up. I have battles with that all the time as a photographer as well. I keep wondering if I should continue, or quit and become a responsible adult.