Photo Profile is based on a short interview and a picture to show the talent of photographers around me. This photographer caught my attention on Flickr, and if you want to see more of Lincoln’s work please visit his flickr : Lincoln Chan’s Flickr
Here are a few questions for Lincoln Chan:
Where are you located, and how old are you?
I am 40. I live in Hong Kong.
What is your main source of inspiration?
This is a tough question. I am inspired by so many things that it is hard for me to pin point one main source of inspiration. I shot a lot of things by instinct. I would like to be philosophical about photography, but in practice, things just happen and I shot them. However, I don’t think my instinct is inherited and not unlearned. I learned a lot from other photographers. Everyone sees things differently. I make mental notes of their compositions, styles, and subjects. I do not think I am copying them, but subconsciously I incorporate them into my instinct. I actually shot things because I am bored.
Do you remember your first camera?
It must have been a Diana toy camera. I bought one a few years ago. When I took it out of the box, I had flashbacks. I recognized it. I knew that I had a toy camera when I was 4 or 5 years old, but I did not remember what it looked liked until that day.The Minolta XG 2 was probably the first serious camera I ever used, but it was a family camera I seldom used. Then, my family bought a Minolta Maxxum 7000 and I made it my own during High School.
Do you have a favorite subject?
People. I like beautiful people and I like ugly people. I like young people and I like old people. And I like it candid too. I seldom ask people to pose for me.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Right now, I almost only shot with my Leica M8 using the Voigtländer 35mm f1.4 MC lens. The Voigtländer is a cheap alternative to the Leica lenses . So I found it comfortable running around with it.
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