My name is Bach, but lots of people calling me Peter. I am from Vietnam, but I was raised in Hungary.
How long have you been taking pictures?
For almost 2 years now, but because of University I’ve had short and long breaks, i.e. I just had a month of break because of exams. The longest break I had was probably 2-3months I think. Almost every exam period takes out 1,5 months out of my photography time on average, and I had 4 of them since I started taking photos.
When did you get into photography and why?
I always had the desire to take a good-looking picture, even with just a phone. I got into phone photography first when I bought my first iPhone (4S). After that my brother gave me his old camera which was a Nikon D80, but I only took pictures of sunset and my shoes mainly.
Walking around the city a lot, I always found that random people on the street have amazing style, but no-one ever captures them on the spot if you know what I mean. So, I started taking photos of random people on the streets.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
To be honest with you, I don’t really know the different styles in photography, but people say that I have an editorial/fashion/creative portrait style. I don’t feel like my style has changed a lot, only the subject and the colour grading maybe.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre plan or is it a click and run?
If it for a personal project or a client work I usually make the models fill out a questionnaire before a shoot if I’ve never met them before which makes it easier to prepare for a shoot. Usually I look at someone and I have an idea in my head, so I kind of know what type of clothing I would like to see on him/her and where I want to shoot them.
If it’s some meetup or a random person on the street I try to improvise and just click and run.
With your images is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve, be it an aesthetic or story?
It is a tricky question because recently I had a late night conversation about this with another photographer (www.instagram.com/19tones) and I realised my pictures are meaningless, they don’t make any sense, I just create for brands, and create for my own entertainment but I’ve never thought of giving a picture a much bigger purpose. From this summer I will think about this a lot more, trying to find a purpose with my photography, something to leave behind.
Do you have any influences you can share?
Probably my biggest influence is the guy called Emil Chalhoub (www.instagram.com/eechalhoub), he taught me a lot about photography and was always there if I had a question about photography, his style really determined mine too. He showed me these amazing influences such as, the LOOKSLIKEFILM, VSCO FILM USERS and TRIBE ARCHIPELAGO groups on Facebook. The feeling I get from those groups are amazing, the images makes me feel some way, sometimes I smile on them, sometimes I feel the sadness on the pictures. Those group are just amazing, so many talented people, and everyone is so supportive, never had a negative encounter in those groups.
Also, a lot of movies/TV series inspire me such as, ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Altered Carbon’ or just any cinematic movie/TV series.
What inspires you?
So many things can inspire me, sometimes a colour, a song, a location, a piece of clothing and obviously other photographers on Instagram. Besides this, someone’s vibe can be really inspiring as well.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Yes and no, I don’t know if there is such thing as a bad photograph. Obviously, it can be a bad photograph for someone, but awesome for someone else. I think if you are happy with the photo you produced and if it’s a client work, the client is happy with it, it is a good photograph for them. But this is really controversial because a photograph can tell a thousand stories, and for some people it is not about the quality, it’s just about capturing a moment.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
The end goal for me is simple, I just want my photos to be damn good, so if someone looks at them they have to say: “daaaaamn”. I want to keep it as a hobby, but occasionally I take photography jobs because a little pocket money to travel is always good haha.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I use Facebook, because I have a lot of friends on there and the groups I mentioned before are just awesome. I got some clients from those groups and from Facebook, so can’t complain.
I also use Instagram, because that is the most popular social media platform after Facebook and it is used to share only images/videos so it’s just amazing.
I am on Ello as well, which is amazing because you can submit your work straight to Submissions and Magazines.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Recently I tried out phone photography again, and I have to say it surprised me, because it is awesome and the end product was amazing. I definitely think that phones are going to be so good in the future, we will use it more and more, but obviously it will never beat the DSLR or Mirrorless cameras. If I had the chance I would switch to mirrorless but keep my DSLR because of the feel of it.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I use a Nikon D750 with a Sigma Art 30mm 1.4, I made that choice because I got used to the feel of the Nikon bodies and it seemed to be the best value camera at that time.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
It would be TOKYO, JAPAN. OMG I want to shoot there so damn bad, those neon lights and stylish people are just fascinating.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
It is really hard to choose because I have many favourite ones, but my background picture on my MacBook is the one I took of Jasmine Wakefield in the greenhouse in Manchester. We were planning it before and I was styling Jasmine as well, made her an earring with foils and feathers. We got permission to shoot there as she was studying a subject that requires access to that green house. I love green houses and that was my first shoot in a green house, so I was really hyped.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Moody. Dreamy. Harmonious.
How would you describe the current scene in photography? How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I feel like it is different in every country or culture. As I have the chance to travel a bit between Hungary and the UK, sometimes Vietnam I feel like every country has its own kind of style, but a lot of people like myself, trying to create that American vibe for some reason. I think there are more and more talented people in the scenery and it makes it much better as I can compare myself to someone’s work and it is amazing to see that my work is getting closer and closer to some of my idol’s work. The scenery can be really supportive or really competitive.
I feel like it’s a great idea as we don’t have to carry heavy camera around when we are on a holiday. Well at least I don’t usually carry my camera with me when I am doing tourist things in another country.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
Expensive doesn’t mean better images, it means you have the possibility to create a better image, but some people just don’t use that possibility.