#PhotogFeature: On people and portraits

A focus on faces is what makes these three photographers stand out, as we continue to showcase Asian creatives.

#PhotogFeature will appear on Cold Tea Collective every other Friday, putting a focus on Asian photographers from around the world who inspire us. As fellow Asian creatives, we want to showcase our favourite photographers, artists, cinematographers, and those in the creative space.

When you use your camera or phone to take pictures, what do you capture with your lens? For many, it’s people. This week’s feature is about portraiture, the art of capturing humans in frame.

Jason Tam – @jasontamphoto

Every photographer has their reasons for starting photography. For Jason Tam, portraiture was a way to expand his horizons and meet other like-minded individuals.

As a relatively introverted photographer, his work reflects his thoughts — his subjects often convey a sense of quiet serenity, combined with subtle elegance.

Jason Tam Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @jasontamphoto
Jason Tam Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @jasontamphoto
Jason Tam Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @jasontamphoto

Natriya Chuna – @natriyac

It’s time to show our staff photographer Natriya Chuna some love!

Based out of Los Angeles, Chuna has taken photographs for some of our interview pieces, including Jackie Fern and Hayden Szeto. As a first generation Thai-American and strong activist in the Asian-American community, naturally we connected through the Asian Creative Network, and the rest is history.

Her work makes use of subtle lighting, tasteful colour choices, and refined optimism. Check out more of her work on her website.

Natriya Chuna Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @natriyac
Natriya Chuna Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @natriyac
Natriya Chuna Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @natriyac

Tommy Kuo – @_tommykuo

Melbourne-based photographer Tommy Kuo is a man of many talents. Specializing in portraits, lifestyle, and food photography, he also co-founded the photography community, Good Shot Mate.

What makes a good portrait? Kuo knows. Combining aspects of cinematography with a good understanding of colour science, an underlying sense of intention permeates the images he creates. More of his work can be viewed on his website.

Tommy Kuo Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @_tommykuo
Tommy Kuo Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @_tommykuo
Tommy Kuo Cold Tea Collective
Photo credit – @_tommykuo

If you know a creative photographer who you feel we should feature, please reach out to us by emailing info@coldteacollective.com

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