Brian Ho shoots enigmatic photos in primarily 50mm (just like Henri Cartier-Bresson), in black and white. His photos make it hard to think of anything other than an analogue wedding. The decisive moment, family, and the cinema are among his inspirations. After the spontaneous jump check out Brian’s hand-picked photo-galleries and meet the artist!
Name/alias: Brian Ho
Field: Wedding photography
1. Describe your first memory as if it were a still photograph
This was quite some time back when I was just a small boy. I vividly remember this very huge toy store with endless rows of toys. I was so awestruck by the sight of it that I told myself I would come back every day. But, I was never able to find that store again. I just couldn’t remember where I saw it or how I got there. Sometimes, I do wonder if it was all a dream.
2. What’s one quality you wish you had?
I’m impatient by nature. I’m always hunting and looking for a piece of action. If there isn’t any, I’ll move along. I hate waiting around. But I was told that the best hunters stake out their prey for hours on end. All they need is that single shot.
3. Who or what was the first thing you fell in love with?
Lego building blocks. My relationship with Lego blocks was almost like an addiction. I simply couldn’t get enough of it. I could build whatever I wanted so long I never stop dreaming.
4. What would you rid this world of in a heartbeat?
Prejudice. Why should success be measured by a socially accepted yardstick?
5. What decade in history would you like to step into and why?
The post-WWII period where the world was going through such tumultuous change. As a photographer, I can only imagine how exciting it would have been to document such a momentous time where history is being rewritten.
6. If you could hang as a camera around anyone’s neck, who would that someone be?
Without a doubt, legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. His concept of ‘le moment decisif’ has been the cornerstone of my approach to photojournalism.
7. Where’s your secret garden, where you can escape to?
Not much of a secret, actually. For me, it’s the comfort of home with people who are dearest to me. No matter how bad things are, I take comfort in the fact that I can go back to the most wonderful people in my life. And I have all of that at home.
8. What famous person (dead or alive) would like to have a drink with?
Late Malaysian filmmaker and writer Yasmin Ahmad. I love how she creates poignant moments from seemingly very ordinary scenes of life.
9. If you could no longer see, what’s one image you’d like burned in your mind?
Hmmm… I think no single image would suffice. I think when you can’t form new images, you’ll want to remember all the things that you’ve seen before and never forget them. Every image or memory would be so
10. Who’s your hero, in fiction or in real life?
Abraham Lincoln, the man who gave a face to the Emancipation Proclamation.
Thank you for taking part, Brian!