F E A T U R I N G
Yuna is a Burmese – Singaporean Chinese freelance photographer based in Melbourne. When she’s not crunching numbers and doing economic/finance models as part of her degree, she enjoys snapping moments in nature and the subtleties in human connection.
M E E T Y U N A
What creative work do you do?
My work is largely experimental – with color grading and edit reflecting my dreams – both of my memories and the future. It is about capturing the sensation that I always want to bring back with me to the bustling city of Singapore & Melbourne. A reminder that happiness is not always about going upwards or speed, happiness can also be felt with the stillness within longer moments in time and that every day I am able to take that extra step in building that same stillness within me. Most of her works were taken in Myanmar, across different states that are typically in the regional areas.
What’s the hardest part?
The hardest part of this photography journey is getting the right resources to create a compelling picture with a story to tell. Before phones became so advanced with their cameras, it was really expensive for a teenager to afford the right equipment and understand the technicalities of photography. Many times, it was hard knowing and accepting that it will never be enough. This affected my morality in pursuing photography as a hobby. It was discerning what looks good to me vs what looks good to others. However, I’ve learnt that it was important to accept that I will always be lacking and to embrace my learning journey in photography – to be a little braver in showcasing my works and to be less defined by others.
What are you working on now that’s exciting for you?
I’m currently exploring my photography style that is able to capture a wholesome sensation in a lifestyle format. Another huge thing I’m working on now is figuring out how to clean her apartment balcony without getting screamed at by her downstairs neighbour…. and actually getting to that task.
WORDS FOR FELLOW CREATIVES
You don’t have to be a full-time artist or be exclusively in an art school in order to be named an artist.
We are all artists because we use our bodies every day to apply techniques to the activities we do every day. The small creation you create compounds each day will become your mastery – be it cooking, organising, gaming, driving or reading.
Don’t expect your journey and inspirations to be linear.