August 23, 2013

Behind the Camera: Joyce Yung



Written by CARMEN CHAN

In the past two months, I closely worked with the talented photographer, Joyce Yung of Random Art Workshop on this editorial’s style outfit posts. When I met her early this year in handbag designer Jennifer Mak’s launch party – despite the fact that we all deny or resist not judging someone by first encounter, first impressions are the most lasting – to me, she is a sincere person. When I get to know her better as a friend, Joyce is a kind, caring and cheerful person with a young heart. Curiosity and her down-to-earth personality guide her to be a photographer with own affectionate style which connects with the person who is being portrayed.

Some people start their career at exactly what they want to do and then they continue to do it in their life. I consider them as the lucky ones as most of us don’t. We struggle; we explore; and we, sort of, discover. It connects with me when Joyce explained her start-up story of being a photographer. Like me, she worked in a corporate for quite some time before pursuing her dream. “I always liked photography and it has been a hobby for a long time.  I was on a pretty solid path in a corporate job but grew increasingly bored of it and really considered about what I want to do in life. I was passionate about photography and decided that it will be my new venture into the creative field and entrepreneurship. That was 5 years ago.” It was interesting when people asked how I started. Like Joyce – and maybe most of the other entrepreneurs/ designers/ photographers/ whoever who are doing what they like – it was just that moment you break through and then you can run free like a unicorn.

Moment is an interesting topic. Like what one of Joyce’s favorite photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, once said, “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event”, if photography is about capturing that moment of significance, aren’t we the ones who ought to create that moment of significance? If we are the ones in charge of our own moments, why are we still panicking on the ambiguous future when making a decision of our life? Behind the camera, Joyce described her photography “Natural photojournalistic with a flare of fashion” Joyce said, “I love being able to capture movement and capturing even a hint of something in action.” In photography, some of us expect a photographer’s job to create the majestic artwork but in fact – at least to me – a majestic portrait requires two’s effort –  story created by the person in the portrait and sensitivity of the photographer to convert this story in the picture to the mass audience.

When I asked Joyce on how she sees herself in ten years, like most of us, future is still unsure but she still has her vision. “I hope I would have achieved a good level of success and recognition with my photography and film.” Afterall, life is too short to keep wondering what will happen in the future. It is all about the moment – owning, living, and capturing – no matter you are a photographer or not.

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Joyce Yung

Joyce Yung

More Q&A with Joyce Yung:

  • Q: What is the most exciting project you ever had?

A: I really enjoyed all my projects in different ways. Some because it allows for complete creative freedom, some because I can really step back and capture the moments, and others are bigger productions.  I recently did a commercial wedding photo shoot for a major hotel in Hong Kong and that was quite a fun job. I pretty much played the producer and photographer roles.

  • Q: Do you have any favorite photographers or artists? If yes, who are they and why?

A: My favorites are actually many people’s favorites too. My top 3 are Henri Cartier-Bresson for the decisive moments, Annie Leibovitz for amazing portraits, and David LaChappelle for the crazy yet awesome creativity.

  • Q: When it comes to photography, it’s controversial that some agrees it’s art while some don’t. Do you consider photography as an art?

A: Absolutely!  Art is an expression of creativity and that comes from all types of medium. Photography is certainly an art form which requires a specific skill (acquired over time and practice), an artistic vision, and tenacity to put it all together.

  • Q: How do you feel about this era of digital photography with post editing in Photoshop?

A: I think it’s all part of the artistic and creative process.  Art is created by available tools, resources, and improving technology to present something aesthetically pleasing. So it’s up to the creator of whether they decide to present their photography with more or less influence using post-processing softwares. I choose to do it in moderation.

  • Q: If you can photograph anyone in this world as your model, who are your top three picks?

A: Heidi Klum, Madonna, and Richard Branson

  • Q: Besides photography, you’re also the producer of the movie, Supercapitalist. What is the major difference, to you, between a producer and a photographer?

A: A producer role is pretty much a project manager.  In the broadest sense, it’s someone who sees a project through from concept, funding, execution, and marketing, especially in the case of a film.  For photography, a producer pulls together crew and talent for a successful shoot while interacting with the client. The main role of a photographer, in a large shot, is the one who executes on the visual story.

  • Q: What are three things you cannot live without?

A: Family, health, and curiosity.

Photographed by Joyce Yung

Photographed by Joyce Yung

Photographed by Joyce Yung

Photographed by Joyce Yung

Photographed by Joyce Yung

Photographed by Joyce Yung

I post my column here and www.shopdescreateurs.wordpress.com every Wednesday. If you like what you see, make sure you give a LIKE at my page at www.facebook.com/carmenchanjewelry

Many love – CARMENX

About the Author

Carmen Chan
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Carmen Chan is a designer, writer, dreamer, and lover of beautiful things. Carmen always believes that a modern woman needs to "be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.". She is currently the founder and jewelry designer of her own brand, Carmen Chan Jewelry, as well as branding & PR consultant based in Hong Kong.


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