Malaysia-based photographer Bibo Aswan is one of the most celebrated photographers in Asia. His grasp on fashion photography has landed him on the pages of various magazines and as a guest photographer in Asia's Next Top Model.
For this article, Bibo got his hands on the Petzval 58 Art Lens and creates vibrant fashion and street snaps.
How did you get started with photography?
I actually dreamed of becoming a comic illustrator. Found myself doodling different anime inspired characters on everything I could pen on – school desk (a favorite!), my workbooks etc. But as I grew older, I was exposed to the fashion world, and it honestly all begun from numerous fashion-based TV shows. It was like an obsession like no other! There was just something about the models, the photography, that intrigued me and pushed me to pick up a camera and try it – and that’s how I got here.
How would you describe your style as a photographer?
I think it is experimental and fun! Oh and by the way I'm obsessed with shapes, I always ask models to pose strong. dynamic shapes.
What/Who do you consider as the greatest influence in your craft?
Helmut Newton, for his risque yet strong and empowering vibe. I LOVE IT and the awesome DUO, Mert & Marcus, for their SUPER GLOSSY AND GLAM images!
How do you develop your skills?
First of all, this applies to all kind of photographers I think, practice makes perfect. The skills needed to capture photos will take time, a lot of practice, effort and an eye for capturing things that others don’t instantly notice. I myself have a lot of things to learn and brush up. Oh and don’t forget, research is also important – looking through the work of other various fashion photographers have helped me better my skills as well. It’s a constant learning process, there’s always something new to learn in this industry.
Can you tell us a little more about your Petzval 58 Art Lens experience? Any interesting things you encountered or challenges?
Pros: The Bokeh. Gotta the love the manual focus! It takes time for me to get the hang of it but you'll get used to it.
Cons: The aperture plate kept falling off, at one point I just shoot without any aperture plate.
written by crissyrobles on 2017-07-30