Interview: Photographer Bryan Chow
What started your passion and pursuit of being a photographer?
It started when I moved to Utah. When I first got into high school I saw my friends Grant Thorn & Eric Leth do it and it really caught my eye and it inspired me to get a camera. I got my first camera my freshman year in high school it was a Canon t3i.
How would you distinguish your style?
I don’t think I really have a style I just shoot everything and I have some preferences I guess but I think style is very hard to dictate when you first start off.
How would you say you and your work evolved over time?
I started off just shooting on auto of my friends basically anything that could be captured I took photos of it. I remember taking photos in my basement with friends against a white wall for the look. I think I started taking it a little bit more seriously when people started telling me that I was “good” and that I have a talent for it. It really encouraged me to keep going and keep learning more.
What are some essential elements of your work?
Just try to never miss a moment. I would always change the drive mode from single shooting to continuous shooting and I would try and find the best photos that weren’t blurry. Now I just burst my shots when I shoot but its rare now because I used to have to go through over a 1,000 photos and now it slimmed down and it has made my process a lot easier.
What is one of the most inspiring experiences you’ve ever had?
It’s so hard to pick one but I would have to say when I got to shoot The Endless Summer Tour with G-Eazy, Logic, YG & Yo Gotti I think that was like one of my biggest dreams to come true I remember tweeting back in 2014 that it would be a dream come true to shoot one of his shows and in 2016 I got to meet him and shoot his show and I won’t ever forget that feeling or those moments.
What are your greatest ambitions and goals for yourself and the future?
I’d like to keep getting better because there’s always room for improvement. A goal of mine though is to go on tour with someone and see what that is like. I think just to travel with some friends and go see new places and learn about the culture would be sweet too.
What is something about you or your work that you’d like people to understand the most?
Patience and realize it’s stressful and scary sometimes. I get overwhelmed with so much work sometimes and it just gets too much so I appreciate all of those who are patient with me. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes and I think that should be addressed because sometimes things happen where its out of our control as artists to handle. Just know I’m doing my best to get everything out to everyone as fast as I can.
What kinds of things do you wish you knew when you were starting out?
Shooting in RAW & Manual. I think that would have helped me a lot but you just gotta Trust The Process and learn as it comes.
Any special or particular experiences being a photographer has brought you?
Being able to meet people and getting to capture it for them. The smiles I get to see & it makes me happy seeing people happy with my work and them cherishing those moments. Getting to meet all these artists is still so surreal to me.
Is there anything, absolutely anything at all, that we didn’t ask about that you’d like to share?
Just wanna give a shout out to my Mom & Dad for always believing in me and supporting me, my friends for keeping me motivated and helping me with everything and help me get back on track when I have my bad days. There’s a lot of people to thank and I couldn’t thank you all enough for supporting me and showing love to my work. It really means the world to me and I wouldn’t be here without you guys and a big thank you to The Histographer for having me.