Photographer: Johnson Lui
Location: I was born in Hong Kong but I moved to the States when I was 14. I am currently studying photography in Chicago. Chicago is a big city so it definitely provides me with a lot of opportunities to collaborate with people.
Style: I specialize in cityscapes, portraiture and lifestyle photography. I like my work to be simple and clean, I keep my photographs as honest and original as possible, meaning I do a limited amount of editing on each photo. Lately, I have been focusing on shooting portraits.
Equipment: I am currently using the Canon 6D with a 35mm 1.4. I absolutely love this lens, it allows me to shoot portraits and cityscapes at the same time. I would recommend this to anyone, it is perfect as a go-to lens.
Photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s the secret?
I think the secret of capturing the moment is to always have your camera on you. Even if you are simply on your way to work or school, you never know what moments you could potentially capture.
How did you get into photography? Tell us about your first experience.
I started out with just shooting on my iPhone. Then I started to realize how photography can serve as a vehicle to express emotion in a different artistic way. I got my first camera last year for Christmas and I immediately fell in love with it, I am so grateful to be able to capture the experiences I find myself in and be able to create.
“Always be patient. Photography is all about patience and waiting for a moment.”
Tell us the story behind one of the most memorable photos you’ve shot.
The most memorable photo that I've shot would be a picture of a lady feeding the pigeons as they were flying over her head. I saw the lady feeding them across the street so I ran over and right when I got there the pigeons got scared and flew over her head. It was pretty epic that I was able to capture that moment.
What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
Finding inspiration can be difficult sometimes, but I try to get inspired by looking at Instagram photographers or photography documentaries.
Who has been a great influence or mentor to you and what did you learn from them that you still carry with you today?
There are a lot of photographers that inspire me daily but someone that I have met and learned from would be Emmanuel Cole. Shooting with another photographer really opens up your eyes to see things from another person's perspective and understanding. I have been able to notice a wider variety of light that I hadn't noticed before.
Tell us three photography tips.
1. Always look for the light. You never know what the light can do to a photo.
2. Always be patient. Photography is all about patience and waiting for a moment.
3. The only way to be better at photography is to keep shooting. The more you do the better you get. There is no secret formula.
Finish the sentences.
If I weren't afraid I would... definitely try shooting in a helicopter or high in the sky instead of on the ground.
I wouldn't be where I am today if... my parents weren't there to support me. They are my everything.
I've been listening to... the song Youth by Troye Sivan. SO good.
Kids these days... are so creative and I love that.
I look and feel my best... when I am so motivated and ready to go out and explore.
When no one is looking... I try to steal another cookie.
Traveling... to Iceland is on my bucket list.
I respect... people who keep it original.