AsiaWPA 愛分享‧齊成長 Love to Share . Grow Together 攝影師專訪 Interview Wunna Khwar Nee
I am Wunna Khwar Nee from Myanmar, 1975 born and becoming full time professional photographer since I am at the age of 23. My father, Mr. Khwar Nee, a professional photographer too and he is my idol in fact. I helped out my father when I was 20, and I started album cover shooting at 23, being followed by TVC, commercial, fashion and magazine cover shooting. Then I moved to Wedding Photography at the age of 28. Pre Wedding Photography was popular in Myanmar after 2008 and I have started my pre wedding photography 6 years ago.
Now I am 43 and have passed 20 years of professional photographer life, did countless of commercial, wedding, pre wedding and fashion photos, among them the most interesting part for me is creating pre wedding and fashion photography. My mother, Mya Mya Nyein was a true life partner for my father and surviving together in his photographer life. Being the same, my wife, Thazin Ko Ko standing beside me during my photographer’s ups & downs time. I have one sister, Khin Cho Aung. Now I am enjoying my daily life with my lovely family, have one son & daughter. I am sure I will create more & better pictures for the rest of my life and I will represent & introduce Myanmar Photographers to International. I would like to express my great thanks to my mom & dad and my family for standing beside me & giving strength to me.
What are your reasons for becoming a photographer?
W. Being a photographer is my dream which was handed over by my father since my childhood and wanted to become a second generation of him. Helping my father in taking pictures and making new ideas of my own were the things I love to. My father never gives up in creating something new and he strived for it. Photography is a job and career that never ends and you can never run of out of ideas as long as you have passion in creating.
What are your views regarding photography competitions, and what have your gained from that?
W. When I am going for photography competition, I pushed myself to higher state of creating my new ideas and photography skills. From competition, I’ve got the opportunity like I can get many new friends from different countries, learn from them and upgrade myself. New ideas by getting inspired by other photographers, I tried hard and push myself.
3. How do you feel of AsiaWPA?
W. I found AWPA on social media, facebook when other photographers share. I joined this community and found out that I can get many opportunities in learning and I can show my works to international photography society. I was looking through AWPA website and I decide myself I should go for competition.
Please share about your thought process when shooting your AsiaWPA award-winning photos (please attach the photos too).
W. No doubt that created photos involved time, ideas, costume design and best teamwork. My all-time favorite photo is the lady sitting on watermelons. This photo has many challenges in creating like the design of dress, the layout and placement of watermelons in available shooting location. My team did the very best of themselves in creating this.
When shooting your AsiaWPA award-winning photos What has been your biggest challenge so far during photo shooting?
W. Creating the idea and turning this idea into reality is the biggest challenge for me when I go for photography competition so far. All the ideas come up with are hard to get and take time.
During post-processing, how do you decide on which feel and colour tone to use (please attach an
W. My post processing style follows my ideas. When I get the idea, I make a sketch, putting the things I want. I discussed the color, pattern and layout with my costume designer and make a final sketch and follow it.
7. 在拍攝歷程中，令你印象最深刻是哪一次? （請附上作品）Let us know your most unforgettable shoot (please attach an example).
W. The picture of model in front of fan and the picture of model sitting on watermelon are the hardest pictures to take. I used 4 lights for the picture of model in front of fan and I lost one of the lights during shooting. For the picture of model sitting on watermelon, the placement of these watermelons takes time and crews, shooting was smooth and after shooting, the wall of watermelons fall down and thanks god nobody gets hurt.
Next case is My unforgettable shoot has to be the one with boat and waves it took up 21 peoples and teamwork made perfect. It was a fun experience for eveyone my daughter and son was also a helping hand on that photo shoot.
How do you get your inspiration?
W. I get my inspiration when i walk through places or just by looking through other peoples work.
What do you feel you need to improve or learn more?
W. I think I haveto improve on my Photoshop skills because this is the 20th century its all about teeth & IT. The photoshop & IT is abil new for me.
Wunna Khwar Nee