ArtAbout is glad to introduce Robert Chang, photographer from Hong Kong.
This is one of his work, titled “Emma in a room”, a set full of sensuality and intimacy realized with her girlfriend. We also had the pleasure to interview Robert, take a look!
Laura: When did you start shooting and why?
Robert: I started photographing buildings and landscapes from a very young age. I’ve always loved art, since I was a kid and I think photography was one of my main interests…When I took a picture of something, then I felt the place was mine, everything I photograph becomes mine, I think this is why I love being a photographer so much. The urge to turn something beautiful into a photograph that I can put in my album, that will be my property forever.
Laura: Above photography, what do you do for living?
Robert: Well not much, haha, but I was trained in martial arts, so sometimes I take part in fighting competition… where the winner gets paid a fair amount and I always win. Other than that I try to make money out of my photography…it’s what I love, so that’s what I’m trying to focus on.
Laura: How is relevant to shoot with analog cameras? Do you also use digital ones?
Robert: I don’t use digital cameras at all, I don’t like the way digital cameras shoot. Analog cameras work in a different way, what you see is usually what you will get in the end, they don’t transform anything. You also have more options, you can choose different kinds of film and you can produce totally different results with the same camera…
Laura: The most significant inspiration source for your photography is…?
Robert: My girlfriend Emma of course. She is my muse, her face, her body, her character, her way of thinking…everything. She is the person who made me wanna shoot portraits. She inspires me wherever I am, even now that I’m in prison she is my source of inspiration. I will do more photography books on her as soon as I get the chance.
Laura: What represents nude photography for you?
Robert: Well there are different kinds of nude photography. I wouldn’t put them all in the same category. For me nudity is not an issue at all. I find nothing shocking about it. I love photographing Emma nude because her body is perfect and because when she is nude she acts the same way she would act if she was wearing clothes. I wouldn’t photograph anybody else…It’s not nudity I photograph, I just photograph Emma.
In fact I dislike a lot of nude photography, I think lots of people think they will be good artists If they photograph nude, but their pictures are bad, they are not art and they often use ugly models who look like whores or over pose because they are ashamed to be naked…I think that’s disgusting.
Nude photography needs to have some class to it, otherwise it’s just cheap shit.
Laura: What’s the most amazing experience bounded to photography that you have lived?
Robert: Once we went with Emma, Emma’s sister and some friends to photograph mount Olympus that was covered in snow.
The way was slippery and the car broke down, so we were stuck in the snow, but the sight was amazingly beautiful. Emma said that since we got so far we need to get out and walk till there, she is a photographer too, and she wanted to shoot the mountains peek. And that’s what we did, but our clothes weren’t thick enough and even though we wore gloves our hands froze and we couldn’t feel them…and our feet neither…we just tried to keep the cameras hidden in our coats so that the film doesn’t freeze.
Anyway I felt almost dead, but like something else was driving me to do it and I had to go on.
After we took the pictures and went back to our car it took us at least 30 minutes to start feeling our hands again, and the pain we felt was extreme, but I loved that pain, because I knew I had my pictures.
Photographer: Robert Chang