Malaysian photographer Joshua Paul was one of the successful few photographers who was able to turn their hobby as a legitimate profession. Covering the most notable events around Asia for the past years as a former Associated Press photographer and currently a visual journalist, he has honed his ability to tell stories with just the right amount of heart.
In this interview, he tests out the Petzval 58 Art Lens.
How did you get started with photography?
During my final year of university, I bought a camera and taught myself. I worked my way up in the advertising industry while pursuing my dream to be a photojournalist; had my big break during the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, MH370 and MH17.
How would you describe your style as a photographer?
Photojournalism, I like to portray things as is.
What subjects do you particularly like to take photos of?
People mostly due to my work but I like to incorporate minimalist fine art-ish into my photos; something that I've developed due to mild OCD.
Can you tell us a little more about your Petzval 58 Art Lens experience? Any interesting things you encountered?
The manual feature of the lens, from focusing on choosing the aperture ring that you want to use gave me a sense of "slowing down" and somewhat forced me to think of what I want to shoot. The Neptune Convertible Art Lens may not be the best choice if it is a gun and run sort of shoot, but other than that it works fantastically as an artistic tool.
Any tips for first-time Petzval shooters?
Think of what you want to shoot, know your needs - it will help in maximizing the features of the lens to your benefit.
Do you have ongoing or upcoming projects that you would like to tell the community about?
I have been working on refugees; it has always been my long term project. The project itself is a journey for myself as a photographer — like a journey to knowing your place and purpose as a photographer and a human being.