Vai Yu Law Interview
Written by match-up mag
(only available in English)
How long have you lived in Toronto? How long have you been into photography art?
I’ve lived in Toronto for 24 years now and I’m 31 years old. I started growing an interest in photography when I was 15 years old, but only thought of it as a hobby at first. However, I’ve been doing it professionally for 5 years.
Sometimes when the passion turns into a job, it can lost its feeling, desire… How do you balance with your passion and your job?
Truthfully, I’ve been through this and I always think about when I first started and why I started photography. Before doing it as a job, it was truly a passion. I think about all the things I used to do and ask myself if I’m doing it now, has anything changed? If I realize that I’ve stopped doing something I used to love doing, I try to implement that back into my life again. I start picking up the camera again and start shooting what I used to love – the city, architecture and candid moments.
Another way I keep myself balanced is meeting with my friends who are just as passionate, if not more, about the thing they love. They keep me focused on what is important.
What kind of photos you want to create? Do you have any “musts”?
I want to create photos that are somewhat dreamy and ethereal, yet feels real. I want to capture the natural beauty of everything that people don’t notice on a day-to-day basis. I want to capture love, joy, sadness and the silences in between. I must travel more and experience more. I must meet new people and capture their essence.
How is the photography art scenes in Toronto? Do you like editorials created by the other photographers?
To be honest, I don’t know too much about the photography art scene in Toronto. I wish I had more time to explore the art scene in Toronto because I know there’s a lot going on in my city. But I do like the editorials created by other photographers based in Toronto. Some of them definitely inspire me and I’m lucky to know them.
Usually, we see that editorial shoots are always affected by trends. How do you work? You like to follow the trends or just want to show your own style?
I like to showcase my own style. I’m not fashionable, and I don’t know a whole lot about fashion but I do enjoy looking at pretty things though! So, I sometimes do incorporate some trends but it’s very important for photographers to find his or her own style because style is long-term and people will remember you that way.
Tell us more about your city… How do you describe it to the ones who have no idea?
You know, I left Toronto for two years and moved to Seoul for two years. I loved it there. I also traveled to many cities in Asia and Europe, and I also fell in love with most of them.
But now that I’ve been back in Toronto for 5 years, I’m starting to realize just how amazing Toronto really is. I took my city for granted, to be honest. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve changed, or that the people around me have changed, or if the city itself changed and made me see Toronto a little differently. I’m beginning to notice the diversity in culture, arts and people.
I‘ve always known Toronto to have amazing food. I love it how one day I can eat Thai food and then feast on Brazilian food the next day! I love it. If you have the time to attend events, do it. There really is a lot to do in Toronto. You just need to sometimes search for it. And when you do, it’s hard to keep up with everything. The people are great here. And not to stereotype, but Canadians are very nice! Haha! Meeting different people in Toronto’s concrete jungle, you’ll realize that the city is full of dreams and adventures.