We had the pleasure of chatting with David Leong (@d.leong), as he shares his inspiring photography journey with us.
OOWA: How do you engage your followers emotionally with your photos?
David: Instagram has been a platform for self-expression, and I’ve gone through many different emotional stages over the past few years. Instagram has been a place for me to get it out; a medium in the form of pictures and words, I think it’s powerful to be able to combine pictures and words. And even if what is going on in my life is not apparent, I know what I'm going through, and that I express that emotion through the field image as well as the words I use.
I think Instagram is a great platform to be yourself. I try not to do or post things that I know will get me "Likes" or do things just because they are trendy — I try to stay true to myself. I post content that I like in the style that I like. Of course, I could always change hopefully not because of peer pressure but because I am changing as a person, and therefore what I create changes with me.
OOWA: We notice that you enjoy shooting portraitures.
David: I really like taking portraitures; that’s my favorite type of photo to take. I think there is so much emotion conveyed within a person in a photo as opposed to the same photo but without the person. Especially with the people that I know and I am close to, I feel a stronger connection.
OOWA: Since you're a musician too, is there a crossover between music and photography for you, or is there something that you do in music that you also do in photography?
David: A lot of times I’d be really feeling a particular song and I’ll find a way to incorporate those lyrics into my photos. It’s great when a particular lyric resonates with what I’m thinking, or feeling that I’m going through and I am able to make that relate to my photos. When that all comes together it’s like the perfect thing for me.
Well sometimes I do have some lyrics that I really like but I don’t have a photo to go with it yet. So I’ll wait until something comes along. Or I scroll through my phone and try to think of words I could put. If I can’t, I would go through all my songs trying to find something that I can put. Sometimes it’s really last minute but other times it’s really well thought out. I’m always trying to discover new music, and have more ideas.
OOWA: Which part of this journey have you enjoyed the most?
David: It’s been fun because all of my photography skills are self-taught, and I can see how it grows, how it changes, how it improves, just from getting out there and shooting. It’s been a lot of trials and errors. Discovering what I like, and also the friendship aspect of it.
I’ve met a number of good friends through both Instagram and photography. Some other people that I am closest with now I met when taking photos, we get together and it is something that we all enjoy. So it’s fun to spend time with people that share your interest and have fun together that way.