YOUNG AND GIFTED

ONE LOOK AT HIS IN­STA­GRAM PRO­FILE OR YOUTUBE CHAN­NEL AND YOU’LL SEE THAT CHRIS CHEW EX­CELS IN PUTTING THE ‘A’ IN AD­VEN­TURE. BUT WHAT EX­ACTLY DOES THE WORD MEAN TO THIS KL-BORN TRAV­ELLER? TAMMY CHAN FINDS OUT MORE.

Female (Malaysia) - - GUY TALK -

Chris might be from the smart­phone gen­er­a­tion aka Gen Z, but this self-taught free­lance videog­ra­pher and pho­tog­ra­pher is ready to break bound­aries with his in­sane talent and show the world that age is just a num­ber.

FE­MALE: Can you walk us through your pho­tog­ra­phy jour­ney and how you got to where you are to­day? Chris: “I started mak­ing funny videos and skits be­cause I’ve al­ways en­joyed cu­rat­ing con­tent for fun. Af­ter learn­ing the ba­sics of videog­ra­phy, I dove into pho­tog­ra­phy and the rest is his­tory.”

F: What is the big­gest ob­sta­cle you face as a travel pho­tog­ra­pher?

C: “Be­ing looked down by clients be­cause of my age and ho­tels not al­low­ing me to stay be­cause 17 year olds are still con­sid­ered mi­nors. How­ever, this is a chal­lenge I love as it makes my trav­els more fun, and that’s how I turn them into an ad­ven­ture.”

F: What’s your favourite shoot­ing gig so far?

C: “This year I’ve had jobs in New York City, Bali, Hong Kong, Ja­pan and China. But my favourite one has got to be trav­el­ling to NYC to shoot for a Sin­ga­porean client. Ev­ery cor­ner of the city has a story and I got to meet The Chainsmok­ers, Casey Nei­s­tat and let my legs hang out of a he­li­copter over the gor­geous NYC sky­line!”

F: Which is your dream des­ti­na­tion to shoot in and why? C: “Ice­land be­cause it has the most amaz­ing land­scapes.”

F: What’s the most sur­real thing you’ve done for the sake of one per­fect shot?

C: “I used to love rooftop­ping, so in the past, I have done some in­sane climbs up to rooftops to get the shot I want. It’s ob­vi­ously not the safest and I don’t rec­om­mend any­one to try it un­less you have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence.”

F: What else do you like to do in your free time (that doesn’t in­volve a cam­era)?

C: “I’m a DJ. I play at par­ties, proms and events. I’m also a song­writer and mu­si­cian when I’m free be­cause I love to ex­press my thoughts through mu­sic. Be­sides that, I’m cur­rently a Per­form­ing Arts stu­dent at Sun­way Univer­sity.”

F: Name six at­tributes you’d in­clude in a travel pho­tog­ra­pher’s starter pack.

C: “1. Have a good at­ti­tude. 2. Be dif­fer­ent. 3. Have big dreams. 4. Work hard and don’t give up. 5. Build mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions. 6. Cre­ate a bal­ance be­tween your work and per­sonal life.”

Check out his In­sta­gram @chrischew to view more of his work.

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