Andy Ip Gia Thien Interview


Please introduce yourself and tell our audience a little bit about your work.
My name Andy Ip Gia Thien, a journalism student. I love to see and capture the beauty of everyday life.

What city are you from? What is the photography scene like there?
Born in Saigon and raised in Hong Kong, I always remind myself how lucky I am to be here in these two amazing cities. They are a big part of my inspiration and my work.

How did you get into film photography? Do you have a favorite film/camera combination?
For me, the colors and tones create mood but it’s too time consuming to edit my photos on the computer to make sure the tones match (I’m an organizational freak). Film allows me to do so. My everyday film/camera combination is the Ricoh Gr1s, and Kodak Portra film. This combo allows me to be quick and still be sure of the quality. However, if I would like to slow down a bit the Leica M6 with Kodax Tri-x 400 is the combo for me.

The pictures you sent us are amazing. The fog element really gives them an interesting atmosphere. What inspired you to focus on the fog? Is it part of a series?
Thanks. If you have time, take a look at my Instagram at @andy.ip. ¬†You will quickly see that most of the photos are cityscapes and people. In fact, I don’t have many of these foggy photos. This small collection is from times when I want to be away from the city and relax a little bit.

What are you working on right now? Any upcoming photographic projects or events coming up?
Right now, I am working on my final thesis for college and of course it is photography related. This time I am trying to do it documentary style and stay on topic. I would like to keep the topic secret right now but I hope to share it with you guys once it’s finished.

Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you everyone and Snapshot Galleria for letting me sharing my passion and words about photography. Hope to see you guys around.