People tend to ask me, "how did you get into photography?" It's a difficult question to answer, but I'd say that the first thing that comes into mind is my childhood.
My first photograph was at 12, when my family went up north for camping and I took a film camera with me. As soon as we got to the campsite, everyone else was unpacking the tents while I grabbed my camera, and shot my first image of the landscape. It was a foggy, but warm afternoon. Something about the gloominess drew me to shore and the next thing I knew, I was chasing dragonflies and butterflies. It wasn't long before my film ran out and we had to drive up to the closest convenience store for me to grab a few more.
My family praised artistic talents, but generally seen as a hobby than a long-term career. But no matter how many times I changed my mind for my academic career, my camera was always my go-to. Unintentionally, my photography ended up being influenced by my educational momentary point of interest.
I have experimented with portrait, studio, and event photography, but nothing gets me more motivated than freelance photography. I prefer candid street style photos, but due to the nature of my current academic work, architecture and urban design have been heavily dominating my new snapshots.
In June 2013, I began my first photo-blog called People of Toronto (PofTO). I aimed to capture peoples' stories with their photograph. Shortly after the launch, a friend of mine introduced me to Humans of New York. So, I changed my direction of my photography and geared it towards sharing opinions regarding issues of social-justice.
By moving to London England, I put PofTO on hold and, naturally, it shifted towards observational photography and soon enough, began my 'KAUPD' adventure.