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    Posted: 29 April 2013 at 19:47
One of Us #53: Yugus




Dyxum member Yugus writes...


Well first off I have to say itís quite the honor to be asked to part of the ďOne of UsĒ series.

Of course weíll start off a bit about myself, my name is Anthony Chang and I am 23 years old so Iíd wager to say Iím one of the younger members asked to participate in this series. Also have to say I tend to ramble so this might be a little longÖ During my years of youth I helped work in my grandparents family run store, in order to make some money for myself. Iíve worked in factories and warehouses; I was even in the Canadian Forces Reserves as an infantry soldier for 3 years. My family isnít exactly made of money and my brother was always the brains in my immediate family and we all knew he had plans to go to university so I figured Iíd help ease the burden on my parents and pay for my school and housing out of my own pocket. And I did, I even paid for all my photography equipment on my own as well.

Iíve always been quite the gear head, I love technology and even though I know better gear doesnít really help much I just like playing around with new toys. Plus youíd be surprised how much money you can save by not drinking (coffee, tea or alcohol), and smoking (anything). So my fun money goes to new gear, also fun side note I never buy things new either, always used from things like Craigslist or Kijiji.

Photography was always just a small little hobby of mine, playing with my dads old film camera and Polaroids until I got my own little CyberShot. I never took photography too seriously; I never even took a class during high school. The year after High School when I was starting off in the Forces was when I started taking photography more seriously. At the time I had an a200, my first real DSLR; during my days off Iíd go around just taking photos and reading up as much as I could about photography. I became very technically sound about the art and the technology of photography.

Just before my first year in College for general arts and science I had upgraded to an a700. I just went for general arts and science. I had no idea what I wanted to do I just felt like living away from home and being on my own. During that first year at school I met my girlfriend (who Iím still with 3+ years later) thanks to a photography student who was just starting off his first year at school as well. I watched his work and watched him grow and thought, you know what why not take photography and see where it takes me. I even got a job at my school as photographer for my schools paper and worked there for my whole time at school.

When I finally made it into my first year in my program I must say I was well ahead of the curve compared to many others, I would ace all of my assignments. Funny enough a couple months after school had started someone was selling an a850 for dirt cheap so I jumped on that; the best part about this steal of an a850 was the fact it was an a900 in disguise. I remember posting about it here on Dyxum a few years back so I wonít go into it but point is I realized this when shooting a sporting event with my a700 and a850 and realized hey this a850 seems like it's shooting at 5fps and turns out it was.

At the start of the New Year during my first year at school I started up my first 365 day project, I did this in order to push myself to shoot more. Just from that 365 I learned a lot more about photography then any amount of (online) reading or class work would ever teach me. School helped me realize that photography is not really something Iíd want to do as a career. I cannot deal with clients; I have no business sense so frankly I couldnít do anything related to the business side of photography. Learning about the industry and what you need to succeed in this world helped me realized all I wanted to do was to create photos. In this world (like many others) I realized your people and business skills will be what holds you up, its over 75% business and less than 25% photography in this industry.

I personally did not learn too much about photography and funny enough my professors realized this as well. They even asked me several times why I bothered coming to school, seeing how motivated I was to learn outside of class. But it was the environment that helped me grow as a person. I met a lot of amazing people, I learned a lot about myself as a person and finally grew out of that loner shell I always had. I became more social instead of being that wallflower. I also learned that I enjoy teaching about photography more than anything. Once I started opening up to people I would stay back after classes help people out with their assignments and really with anything photography related, I even became a photography tutor during my last year at school. At the end of the program I won many awards for my photography, I was one of the top photographers in my school and even won top portfolio in all of Ontario Canada Colleges.

Never really thought of myself as an amazing photographer, if anything I think Iím decent, maybe it's always just been my attitude? I see amazing photos everyday and wish that I could be like that one day. Iím slowly working towards it but Iíve still got a long way to go. I still do not think I have a real style yet and it seems to jump around everywhere, I also donít really have a cohesive body of work, I just shoot whatever. One day its portraits another day is still life, if anything Iíve always considered myself a jack of all trades, and master of none.

With school over I went back to working a day job, nothing special but at least it helped pay the bills. I would often visit my school (which is like a 2 hour drive from where I live now) to say hi to my old professors (who Iíve become good friends with) and some of the younger students I knew. Funny enough I even became a bit of a role model to students as a lot of the newer students, who Iíve never met, know of me as the professors and younger students would occasionally talk about me. To me that was a very special moment when I learned that I actually inspired some of these students to become better.

So with that I decided to start up another 365 this year in order to better myself and to shoot more regularly. Iíve been posting my work here on Dyxum when I can, on my Flickr and my Facebook page. I enjoy sharing my work, photography is an art and art is meant to be shared not hidden away. Also said I tend to ramble didnít I?



1. Strawberry Storm
One of the first images in my first 365


2. The War Photographer
Took three separate attempts at this shot until I go this final result that I liked


3. Liqueur Rising
I might not drink but I liked photographing bottles


4. Jane
I also enjoyed street photography quite a bit, but frankly never was very good at it


5. Growth
Another fun subject I liked to photograph were lone trees


6. Power of a Sunset
Probably my favorite landscape Iíve ever shot


7. Minimalist Breakfast
I love minimalism but I canít seem to do it to well at times, this was the most successful attempt at minimalism


8. A Splash of Rose
My most famous photo and most well received photo as well, just from 500px its gotten over 1.3 million views


9. Make Believe
Childhood for me and Iím sure for many others


10. Off to Photograph the Unknown
The final shot for my first 365


11. A Bibliophiles Retreat
A library? Havenít been to one since this shot, the Internet provides me with everything I need


12. The Traveller
Dabbled in portraits before but after my 365 I tired doing more


13. Charming Crimson
Though this was one of the last portraits I took before I finished school


14. Toyota Matrix
Wish I could get into automotive photography a bit more but I donít know anyone with a fancy car


15. Classic.
Self portraits, done plenty before but this was one of the first I really liked


16. [Everyday is] A Day Off With You
A photo of the lovely misses during a little adventure in a park near home


17. Nothing Left To Do But Watch The World Go By
One of my favorite photos from a road trip my two friends and I did, from Toronto to Halifax


18. Rangefinders
Have I mentioned how much a gear head I am, well my brother as well. Also quite like rangefinders


19. Dreams so Real
Thus the start of the panoramas


20. Love is a Place
3-year anniversary! We joke about how Iíll probably end up shooting our engagement photos


21. All I Want is to Have My Peace of Mind
Again with how much of a gear head I really am


22. Here's to You [World]
And the start of my second 365 this year


23. I Will Wait
Abandoned house hunting with one of my photography friends


24. Who Knows How Much Further We'll Go On
Some of the most amazing clouds Iíve ever seen


25. Far Away From All The Trouble
Some more panoramic self-portraits


26. The Screams all Sound the Same
My friend in this last year of school


27. Beauty of Discipline
School isnít always as fun as it seems, way to complicated for me


28. Come Rain or Shine
First 99 days of this 365 was focused mainly on portraits


29. So Many Choices
Not to mention plenty of self-portraits as well


30. The Strobist
Day 100 and I started a series I call ďOverly OrganizedĒ but Iíve now run out of things to set up at home and will be moving on to something else.



And of course my 365 continues. I upload a photo on my Flickr and Facebook page everyday and I try it upload it here on Dyxum every week. So if you'd like to see more of my work just keep an eye for it here on Dyxum or check out my website Cloud Age Photo to find links to my Flickr, Facebook, my kind of dead blog or just to check out my site.
 



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Brilliant to see you featured in OOU .... Your work is stunning. I follow your Flickr and really enjoy the artistry of your work. Im a Fan!!!

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Great to see you in this series Anthony. Wonderful story, even better photo's. Congrats and hope to enjoy your work for a long time
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Wonderful story and really brilliant work.
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Your work is fantastic
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Creative

Inventive

Absorbing

Magical

What more can I say?

Thanks for one of the best OoU pieces I have seen for a long time (and which puts mine to shame!).

Best regards, Neil.
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A wonderful OoU. Both your story and the pictures.
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Wow. Your work always kicks me sideways... I think I just invented an expression that would probably have been better expressed with another expression.

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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Creative

Inventive

Absorbing

Magical

What more can I say?

Thanks for one of the best OoU pieces I have seen for a long time (and which puts mine to shame!).

Best regards, Neil.



I think Neil has said it completely, a real talent
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Your work is stunning. Congrats. You definitely deserve this!
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well deserved. I really admire your work.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2013 at 00:18
The Golden Eye belongs to Yugus. What an inspiration, and an honor to view your work. The imagination is nonpareil. The execution always blue chip. Simply astounding vision.
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I am another fan of you, and I am trying to follow your work over here and over Flicker.
You have great and creative ideas that are executed perfectly, always everything is just right, just in place. Always paying attention to the small details.
Just great!
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Really Great works
Thanks for sharing, those are great inspiration for most of us    
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