Fashion Hyped: Bibo Aswan's Energetic Shots with the Petzval 58

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.

© Bibo Aswan

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.

© Bibo Aswan

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!

© Bibo Aswan

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.

© Bibo Aswan

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.

© Bibo Aswan, Self-Portrait

Bibo used the Canon 5D M3 for this shoot. Keep updated on his work through his Instagram and GETKREW site.

written by crissyrobles on 2017-07-30

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