EXCLUSIVE: Our Interview with See Beng Wooi

Photos courtesy of See Beng Wooi We speak to Malaysian architect See Beng Wooi, who has a penchant for photography and Instagram. Read on...

Photos courtesy of See Beng Wooi

We speak to Malaysian architect See Beng Wooi, who has a penchant for photography and Instagram.
Read on to find out more about his work.

Hi Beng Wooi! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m just a simple happy guy who has just recently started making a living as an architect. Happy by definition I mean smiling from ear to ear on my usual day. I’m always up for a spontaneous outing or anyways to have fun. Raised by my grandma and she taught me to try to enjoy life through small little things on a daily basis. That’s where photography came in. Though trained as an architect, but what got me excited really is aesthetics, in photography especially.

When did you discover a passion for photography?
I started dabbling with photography while travelling after high school. I was going places for the first time on my own, away from family. Geared with a compact camera borrowed from my brother then, I realized that capturing picture was quite fascinating. When I was in university, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by creative people who got me onto the DSLR bandwagon. Architecture education too taught a lot on visuals and editing softwares, so my interest just grew from there.

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations from?
Literally from the streets! Observations is the key to beautiful small things. Like an amazing alley in urban cities, or a pretty sculpted pot on the ground which we often miss appreciating. I do a lot of walking in the city now, to and fro of work. I realised people watching is quite interesting and if I’m lucky I get to capture beautiful moments sometimes.

Why Instagram?
Before this, it was pretty hard to source out for inspirational photography. But now everyone shares their daily capture on this beautiful platform. It’s like a casual diary of pictures and allow us to express our creativity freely. Coupled with the advancement of photo apps nowadays, it’s really great way to share and browse for photos.

What is your favourite equipment to work with?
I don’t use much equipment when I do my shoots, as I’ll be walking around. But surely, DSLR camera would always be the best camera to go around with. I’ll carry a few lenses to go with it.

If you could only work with one colour, which one would it be and why?
One colour: black. It’s really the most powerful colour in terms of emotion. It can emote so many things like sadness, solidarity, sophistication.
I particularly like how black in the form of shadows always gives a picture that extra impact.

Where is the one place on Earth you'd love to visit?
I’d love to visit Japan. I want to witness the culture and the social scenes of the Japanese. And to figure out how did that vast amount of people all crammed into this incredibly advanced country. I believe another awesome place to visit is India. That trip should be quite life-changing.

What would you do if you win a million dollars?
Whoa, that is a good question! I don’t think I have a good answer to that. But if I were to answer on an impulse right now, I’d say I’ll get myself a big fat burger first.
No really, I’ll prolly try to get a lil’ studio started on architecture or photography.

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