How did you get started in photography?
I’ve always been inspired by admiring the skill of others’ travel photography. But, my DSLR was collecting dust for a number of years. It wasn’t until I moved to Korea – particularly to the beautiful city of Busan – and was given the opportunity to travel all over the peninsula as a photographer for the expat-friendly tour group, WinK Travels, that I was able to get serious about taking photos myself.
What is the best way to describe your style?
This is a difficult question for me to answer as a newbie to the photography scene; I feel that much of my work right now is through trial and error. I don’t feel that I’ve honed in on a specific style as of yet and that’s completely okay by me. I am driven by the whimsy that there are no boundaries when that camera is in your hands.
How do you get inspired?
I was lucky enough to be able to follow the work of Nathan Rivers Chesky during my early travel with WinK. A friend and talented travel photographer who has been featured in PIK and exhibitions, his style and perspective really resonates with me. I also get inspired in the moment, whether it is in the bustling city of Busan or the calm of Gyeongju city. I really love to focus in on the scenery and humans of that moment and I think it transpires in the photos I end up sharing.
How far do you want to go?
I have upcoming plans to extensively travel across Southeast Asia. I’m hoping that through my travels, I am able to challenge myself to a greater extent in territories that I’ve yet to experience. I recently began to feature this work in a blog I share with my partner, barileetraveling.com, which I hope to continue to build in the future as an outlet to share my inspirations and to hopefully spark the same in others.
What is your best advice for other photographers?
The best advice I have for other photographers is to always be ready for a photo opportunity. Some of my best work has been purely accidental and by chance. When you’re lucky enough to have that moment approach you, snap away in continuous shot to increase your chances of getting at least one crisp, clear shot that isn’t ruined by being out of focus. Another lesson is you don’t need an expensive camera to take great pictures. A great lens and great pair of eyes will do just fine. I continue to shoot with my Nikon DSLR 3200.