Waves Of Light
Tell us about what you do as a Creative, and how long you’ve been in this line of work.
I took a leap of faith to leave a full-time job mid last year, after which I spent four months travelling around Europe and Indonesia.
Now I work on various projects, like running my own photography studio, How Light Falls, participating in events with my art collective, The Glass Hut, and making music. In fact, I’m hoping to finally release some original songs this year!
Share with us more about How Light Falls and its fundraising initiative, Postcards Purposed.
In the summer of 2020, when COVID-19 was at its peak, I graduated from university and had a few free months before starting a new job. During this transition, I had the epiphany to create a photography studio that perfectly combines three things I love—photography, sincere connections, and community service.
As I’m quite old-fashioned and sentimental, I thought nothing was more heartfelt than a handwritten postcard that can travel to loved ones when we couldn’t! And while everything was going in a hyper-virtual direction during the pandemic, I wanted to encourage people to slow down and enjoy analogue processes as well.
That was how Postcards Purposed, a side fundraising project, came about. I turned some of my photos into a series of themed postcards that customers can choose from to hopefully share with their loved ones, and a portion of proceeds from this range are donated to a list of beneficiaries that I personally support. Since its commencement, I’ve raised $3,300 for local non-profit groups dedicated to gender equality, social justice, and climate action.
What are your favourite subjects to capture?
I absolutely love to capture the play of light and life. How Light Falls is more than a name, it’s a life motto about slowing down enough to observe how light falls (literally)—something that so many take for granted—and feeling gratitude for life’s little moments. I feel most inspired and grounded when I witness these ephemeral moments that remind me that I’m a mere human in the grand scheme of things.
I also love photographing nature, and collaborating with clients to capture their essence in any occasion, be it a graduation or wedding.
How do you deal with uncertainty?
I definitely embraced uncertainty when I decided to leave my full-time job without having my next “formal” job lined up. All I had was my belief in myself and a burning voice in my heart that urged me to dedicate some time to my art lest I regret it.
Some people may think that I’ve made a silly mistake, but some things you just have to do for no one else but yourself. We’re on this Earth for such a short time, so if breaking out of the mainstream highway is what you need to do to feel alive, then you have to find the courage to do it.
What’s something you’ve learnt in the past year?
It’s been a huge year for me; I feel like I’ve lived three different lives when I was working, travelling, and returning home!
Through many highs and lows in an extremely emotional journey towards self-acceptance, I’ve learnt so much more about myself, my needs, and my ability to protect them through my actions. I’ve been journalling all throughout this process, and will be sharing distilled insights via my YouTube channel soon.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I’d make humans less greedy and corrupt. Climate change weighs heavily on my mind, along with the over-consumption, pollution, and suffering that are results of our social ailments. I know there are kinder ways to live and to co-exist within our one and only planet, I just wish that was our reality.
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