Judieuffe: Beyond My Lens
Photographers are very much like painters. They paint not by brush, but by their trusted cameras. With a single click, they are able to freeze beautiful moments – moments they cherish, moments that stood still and last forever.
It’s becoming a common sight today to see cameras slung on the shoulders and necks of many on the streets. Some may even think it’s an accessory for them. But here’s the gist – owning a camera, no matter how sophisticated it may be – doesn’t make you an expert in an instant. It commands discipline, patience and a lot of practice to become a decent photographer.
A good and talented photographer, in my humble opinion, would be one that has the ability to snap pictures out of the ordinary, such that their unique perspectives, emotions and thoughts are reflected deeply in the photographs. As some would have said, “a picture paints a thousand words.”
Today, I caught up with Judieuffe Tan Yi Zhi,
a young, budding and aspiring photographer to reveal his thoughts on photography.
Hi Judieuffe! Describe what photography means to you in three words.
Capture your emotions.
Why photography and not anything else?
It helps me to appreciate my surroundings better. There are so many beautiful things and moments around us that we come across daily but they go unnoticed. We take things for granted too easily at times, especially the simple pleasures of life. Photography has enabled me to look at things at different perspectives, and also taught me how to appreciate the beauty of even the simplest things.
Share with us your takes on what should be the qualities of a well-taken photo, and what made you say so?
It should be able to evoke your emotions; to make you feel that you are in the photograph somewhere when it was taken. It’s like you’re able to relate to the photo in certain ways that can’t be put to words. It’s not so much on the technical or technological aspects. There are so many wonderful photos that were taken decades ago, and if people in the past could that that, I don’t see why can’t we take equally good photos with just a film camera, or any other basic cameras. Personally, I believe it’s all down to getting the right moments and having a great deal of patience. If people say fishing requires a lot of patience, I think that photography demands no less than that.
Choose one. Black and White, Sepia, or Colored? – Why?
Black and White – no arguing about this. It gives us the freedom to imagine. It’s timeless. And I find it more challenging to capture a good Black and White photograph compared to a colored one.
Who inspired you?
Ansel Adams, Chase Jarvis, Bruce Gilden, James Nachtwey, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Danny Santos II. These are great people. Do check them out when you’ve got time.
Say… you’re working on a photography project. Who / What will be the subject of your work? Why?
I would travel to New Zealand, Iceland, or England and take plenty of photos there. Landscape photos – all of them! I am a sucker for landscapes photography; I love to imagine the scene. I could just stare into a landscape photo and think how I would feel to be on top of the cliff, to be standing against the waves rushing in, to be surrounded by the woods with sunrays seeping in from the foliage. And I could go on and on…
Photographer(s) that we should be keeping a lookout for…
The people I mentioned earlier, and of course, me! (laughs!)
Give a shout-out to similar beings who share the same passion as you!
As what Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” So never give up and keep doing what you love because I think that’s really important.
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