Name: Steve Chong
Born: 12, September 1965
Nationality: Malaysian
Marital Status: Single

How I started
I have never been interested in photography prior to October 2001. It changed when I voluntarily took up an assignment to develop a homepage for my home town, where I utilized my humble 'point & shoot' camera to capture the local images. Like any beginner, the standard of the photos left much to be desired.

Thus begun the journey of an inspiring, interesting and philosophical quest for better photography. The process involved started from the inspiration, to the intense attention and concentration required before pressing the shutter followed by the eager anticipation of the final print. I read extensively on anything to do with photography and art. After reading the series by Ansel Adams, my smouldering passion for photography was fueled further. His dedication for perfection in photography truly amazed and inspired me.

My gears
I bought an entry-level Canon EOS/88 SLR camera and before long I discovered that my needs have outgrown this faithful camera. After much research and with due consideration of my budget, I finally upgraded my gears to Canon EOS/1V plus a few more lenses and accessories.

Updated: 23, February 2003
After more than a year into experimental photography, I have found a comfortable niche in conceptual and surrealistic photography. Creating an idea and turning and seeing it  materialize is such an exciting process. It is like pointing the camera into the real world but shooting my sub consciousness.

Updated: 12, September 2003
I found I spent too much time dealing with scans images, particularly the grain produced. As far as conceptual photography is concerned especially those demand instant feedback, a digital camera came in handy. With this in mind, I acquired a Sigma SD9 and a couple of lenses. It helps my work a great deal, I have became more productive and effective.

Updated: 12, July 2004
I have always been impressed with the quality produce by medium format cameras. Large film, excellent detail, sharp and amazing tonal range. After much consideration, I bought a Mamiya RZ Pro II with a fisheye, 90mm lens and quite recently a 250mm lens.

Next stop: Large format.

Updated: January 2005
I have started to venture into Salon Photography, lucky me, my conceptual series seem to have won the fancy of the judges. So far I have won salons organized by more than 15 countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden,
Italy, Portugal, Romania, Poland, USA, Singapore and Luxembourg, & Malaysia, ranging from 1st prizes, gold medals to silvers and bronzes.

Updated: March 2006
I have been shooting with large format camera now. It is a totally new experience. I had much to learn.

Updated: January 2007
I have fallen in love with the spectacular paddy fields at Yuan Yang, China. The light and the sea clouds and unsophisticated life the native people had inspired me a great deal I couldn't help but traveling to this place over and over again.

Updated: 16, June 2009
I obtained a distinction in Associateship of Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (ARPS) under the visual art category.

Next stop: The "F"

Updated: 29, October 2010
I have published my very first book, entitled: The Light & Mist of Yuan Yang

About my work

During my early stage of photography career, I had been concentrating on still life photography. I find it fascinating where the photographer has to come out with a composition from the genesis of an idea. It is a challenge to both the photographer's creativity and technical skill.

Still life photography had given me a solid foundation about the choice of lighting, composition, juxtaposition of the subjects and most of all injecting a message into an otherwise dull composition. In simple term, helped me to build the skill needed for the craft.

I have then moved on to conceptual photography. It only came natural when I could see images in my head whenever I close my eyes, or when I was driving, reading, taking a shower, even while I was sleeping; the images were like spilling out from a full bucket, uncontrollably took over. At times, I felt I was like a messenger bringing the images from the surrealistic world into reality, other times I was astounded as how I could have conceptualized the images. On some I even had difficulties comprehending the motive behind the images. I realized perhaps the images were coming from the darker area of my soul. However, I felt energetic, excited, anxious and enigmatic when this occurrence take place. It is absolutely remarkable to have this mixture of feelings.

When I am not doing conceptual photography, I turned to landscape photography, it was done to procure a positive feeling both for my viewers and for me. I find my audience were divided into two groups, the first who are always wanted something out of the norm, something that would challenge their sub-consciousness, something that would not provide them with an answer but a question, or series of questions. The other group simply wanted something to comfort them, something that could give them peace, easiness and joy.

These two streams of photography which appear not associated in anyway but were subtly connected, had became two major parts of my photography, and they have helped to make my life.

My Motto
It is not what you see, but the way you see it.

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