This week’s Guest photographer, Nellie Haung, came to my attention through Travel Blog Exchange. Or maybe it was Twitter. I can’t quite remember as my online world morphs into one big application on my computer. But I digress. Hopefully.
What caught my attention is just how hard it is to figure out where Nellie is! She’s bounced around from continent to continent getting passport stamps from Tanzania, Spain, Norway, Java, Japan, Malta, Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan and more. Her plans for this summer will take her to the US and South America and everything in between.
And now for the hard hitting, in-depth questions you have been waiting for!
1. Explain a bit about who you are and the type of photography that interests you most.
I’m an Asian girl who likes to defy convention and is always hungry for some excitement in life. It’s perhaps this constant thirst for change that has been keeping me on the road for the past few years. Originally from Singapore, I have moved around Europe and Africa and has recently started a career in travel writing. My travel blog WildJunket showcases my work and travels.
Although I consider myself an amateur, I dabble in photography for the fun of it, especially having just moved back to Asia. I have an interest in people, especially capturing the locals at work, or being their natural selves. I think it brings out an unsaid and realistic beauty.
2. If you could have a paid trip for 4 weeks anywhere in the world just to photograph and report back, where would it be?
That’s a tough one, I’d always wanted to photograph anywhere in Africa, but I’d just visited Tanzania last year, so it was a dream come true. I would love to photograph the tribes of Vanuatu or Papua New Guinea. The primitive and raw yet unpretentious natives of these islands would be intriguing.
3. Name two of your photography inspirations.
I’m not familiar with famous photographers, but I’ve always been inspired by the work of Pernille Bærendtsen, based in Tanzania.
4. What do you hope to convey to others through your photography?
I hope to convey realism through my photography. In this commericial world, many shots are now so perfect you wonder if it’s real. I think a great shot is one that can allow a person to imagine himself in that scene.