Wingla is a university student who takes risks to capture the shots she envisions. Check out her cheeky story below.
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and I have visited several countries. However, I don’t think they are significant to mention.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
My room. I feel safe there.
Tell us the significance behind the name, _VCRs.
It’s VCR by The xx, but the username on flickr was already taken. I then added the “_” and “s” – thus, the name is _VCRs.
You’re also currently finishing your university studies in Creative Media. How do you manage to balance time between your studies and photography?
I simply can’t. I do suck at school, my GPA was around 2.0 – to be frank, it’s really low. As a result, the school assigned me to the least popular science major of the subject for me to tackle – programming, and I really suck at it.
How do you find your inspiration?
From films, dreams, nature, the internet, people around me, my pet, and so on.
Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?
The budget – I’m just a student who doesn’t have much money. I sometimes work as a part-time waitress.
Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?
It’s not a career yet.
What types of photography do you do?
Portrait – that’s my favorite as the human is always the most interesting subject. I always see my own problems as a big deal – that’s kind of self-centered, then I reflect them via photography.
What was the moment you decided to become a photographer?
It was when I graduated from high school and got into university because of my photography portfolio. Thus, I set this as my goal.
What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?
What are your favorite three photos you’ve taken?
It was summer vacation and I was about to take the public exam, which I didn’t review at all. I met this couple online and we went for a shoot at the hill behind my home. I can still recall the scorching sun. We picked the hottest time of day for the shoot as we figured there will be less hikers. Turns out, there was still someone hiking.
I collaborated with a Shibari artist, Subay Kinbaku. She tied my friend up. It was fun.
We shot in a rural area in Sheung Shui – then we got lost and it was cold and dark.
Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?
I’m young, so I still have time – room for improvement and things to learn.
What is the best thing a model can do to make the most of a photoshoot?
Being able to present their own strong characteristics.
What was your most memorable photoshoot?
It must be my series “盛世” (shengshi). It wasn’t nice to get caught naked in the public – we got caught several times.
If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would it be?
It would be photographing Mr. Leslie Cheng in the old Hong Kong. Leslie was such a strong character and the old Hong Kong was pretty.
Who do you want to give a shoutout to?
Subay Kinbaku – Shibari Artist
Silver Poon – Model
What’s a deal breaker for you when deciding to do a shoot?
How do you bring out your model’s personality in a shoot?
I give freedom to the models to interpret my requests.
What photography advice do you wish you had when you were first starting out?
Get familiar with your gears because I broke mine by reloading films incorrectly for two whole years.
What are 3 tips you have for aspiring models?
- Shape your aesthetic sense and choose the collaboration photographers wisely.
- Start with an easier project, don’t go all in nude or erotic at first. Impression matters.
- Be on time.
What kind of gear do you have?
Rolleicord IV, great bargain, nice quality.
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
All, why not?
What has photography done for you as a person? How has it changed you?
As I started photography at the age of 13, I can’t detect big changes as I was constantly changing and growing in that early age.
What’s something no one knows about you that you’d like to share?
I like body modifications.
What’s one of your biggest fears?
Getting busted when doing bad things.
What will you be doing five years from now?
I have no idea.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
There is just too much.
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Wingla, thanks for taking the time to interview with us! Good luck with finishing your studies!
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