Chih Ming Chou
TIFA 2023 Interview with Chih Ming Chou
1st Place winner in People, Non-Professional, “日式京都婚紗”
Q: Can you briefly tell us about your background and what inspired you to pursue photography?
I am Gary, a mobile photographer from Taiwan. I usually photograph people and landscapes. I have been shooting with my phone for 5 years. I like to use photography to express myself.
Q: What drove you to submit your work to the TIFA competition and your thoughts on how winning this competition impacted your artistic journey?
TIFA is a very professional international photography competition. It can provide a platform for all photography enthusiasts to showcase, compete with the world’s top masters, and allow you to appreciate the beauty of others.
Q: Could you describe any challenges you faced while capturing this moment (winning image/s)?
For the (Japanese Kyoto wedding dress) work, after understanding the scene environment and Madou’s position at the beginning, I used dusk light to create the overall atmosphere.
Q: What, in your opinion, are the most important factors in creating great images?
I usually appreciate more excellent work at home and abroad, then integrate my own ideas, constantly adjust the picture during the shooting process, and finally make it fine.
Q: What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of photography?
My biggest challenge is to persevere. When I am tired or have no ideas, I will put down my phone and appreciate more the works of outstanding photographers, so as to stimulate myself to pick.
Q: What motivates and drives your photography?
I especially like the traces that buildings naturally show over time. I can experience the charm of time. Photography is my hobby and it is the happiest thing for me at the moment.
Q: What’s next for you in your career as a photographer?
I will shoot more unique and amazing works, and I am currently investing in them. I hope to make more.
Personal IG/ @gary_chou2_photography