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Francis Shum
Francis Shum
Geographic location Amateur photographer, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
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When and how do you start to create?

I started to explore the realm of creative photography when I got my first DSLR back in 2011. Before that, like most other amateur photographers, I practiced mostly "photojournalism", taking photos at gatherings and during my travels. Very quickly I found that there are something in photography much much more rewarding than simply recording events. Since then, I keep going on exploring this more artistic side of photography.

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Do you went to an art school or self-taught?

I am self-taught. I have not received any formal training or education on art or photography.

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Do you create as a professional or for your own?

Only for my own.

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How do you learn and work your skill?

I learn mostly from the internet, and I am still learning.

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What do you like in this art, your motivation?

It gives me very high self satisfaction in seeing the final work getting into form. I really enjoy every step of the whole process, from capture to post processing.

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What do you want to express or arouse in those who watch your work?

I want the viewers to feel something about my work, whether or not it matches with my own feeling during creation.

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What are your favourite subject(s)?

Nature subjects, mainly landscape. However I do not resist human subjects, such as architecture, and street photography, so long as the subject makes me feel something.

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How do you prepare a creation or project work?

I prepare by emptying my mind of any thoughts. I prefer a meditative type approach.

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What are your prefered moment(s) when you create?

I would go out to shoot only when I am not in a particularly bad mood, and when the outdoor temperature is not too high (summer is Hong Kong is really scorching), and I prefer to go solo because I would walk extremely slowly and I do not speak when doing my photography.

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What are you trying to share via your art?

I try to share my feeling with the subject in my image, the feeling which is at the time-space I saw it in the field.

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Who are artists that fascinate or give you inspiration? (links)

Traditional Chinese ink paintings give me most of my inspiration. I do not paint myself, but I do enjoy viewing these paintings.

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What equipment and/or technic do you use?

I use a Sony A65 camera.

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How and why your work as changed since you started?

I think my work changed from being representational to more abstract, as I learn more on art, and improve on my technical abilities, mainly with post processing.

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What does the Internet media give you?

I gain most of my knowledge on art, and learn most of my skills on post processing from the Internet. The internet also gives me the chance to appreciate the photos of other photographers and the images of paintings, which is very invaluable experience.

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What are you expecting from Art Limited and/or other members?

I think I would have the chance to learn how other artists view my photos. This is quite a unique feature of Art Limited, as the community is all about art, unlike most other social media which emphasize on popularity.

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What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Simplicity. But implementing the principle is not as simple as it seems to be.

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If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?

I am an IT developer, and that's what I do when I am not doing my photography. I also enjoy watching movies a lot.

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What are your plans in the future?

There is no concrete plan, but I will try to spend more time on my photography.

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