Interview By Julian Lucas | Kathleen Graulty
It is evident Wingla Wong finds people interesting, "the most engaging subject to photograph". Her imagery, beautiful and composed, reveals a sense of youthfulness that can be seen as playful and light-hearted with a bit of seriousness. Wingla discovered her love for photography at age 13 and continues to evolve.
What is your fascination with the subjects you photograph?
You seem to be fond of nature and taking pictures within natural settings. Tell us about the most memorable time you took photos in nature.
The most memorable time would be the shoot I do with a couple, that was a hot summer two years ago and we went up to the mountain at the hottest hours in the day as we assumed there shouldn’t be anyone there. It turns out that there were hikers under the burning sun and caught the couple naked, it surprised, all of us. One of the images I took back then became one of my favorite works.
Do you have a preference - nude or clothed subjects? Why?
I don’t have a preference, it depends. In certain cases, if the design of the outfit match with the environment I’m shooting, the image could be interesting. I'm currently looking for collaboration with fashion projects.
How far do you want to take your photography?
My goal is to do photography as a career but still keeping my own style, creating art works non-stop in the future.
The image of a female in water with her legs up has a very strong meaning for me. What are you conveying in this image?
Most of the time I don’t have any messages or meanings that I wanna send to the audience through my works, so does the one you mentioned. My works will always be open for interpretation. I do like that photo exposed all her body parts without hiding anything, and her facial expression is fascinating, she looks so unwilling and fragile.
Most of your work is of females. Aside from photography, would you consider yourself a feminist?
No, I don’t consider myself as a feminist.
I see your images are square format - is there a reason for this?
The camera I always use is a 6x6 medium format film camera, and therefore the photos are square.
Your most cherished photobook...
I don't have one.