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ePHOTOzine Chats With Coleslaw - Coleslaw has a diverse and creative portfolio. Here's his story.

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ePz member Coleslaw tells us a bit more about himself and his photography.

The charge of the Light Brigades
  'The Charge of the Light Brigades' by Coleslaw

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a Malaysian Chinese, 35 years old. I came over to this country for my master degree back in 2002. I found a job after I finished my education, I am a Technical Engineer in civil engineering. All of my family are still in Malaysia. I live in the South Wales valley. I have 2 dogs whom I love dearly, NotSo, a cocker spaniel and Lucky, a Westie.

My Turn
'My Turn' by Coleslaw
How did you get into photography?
Well, I have always been interested in photography since I was a kid. But I couldn't afford it at the time. After I came over to the UK, I had a part time job while studying. Bit by bit, I managed to save up for my first camera, a digital compact from Sony. I then started to buy and read a lot of photography related magazines and books. I felt I needed something better than a compact. So, I decided to buy my first SLR, a Canon 20D. There was no going back since then.

The Dark Knight

What equipment do you use?
I am now a proud owner of the Canon EOS 5D MK III, a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 MKI lens, Canon 17-40mm f/4 lens, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS MKI lens, and the Canon 50mm f/1.8 MKII lens, along with a couple of flashguns. I also have a set of Lee filters.

The Quiraing

What is your favourite area of photography and why?
I do not limit myself to one genre of photography, I would try everything and anything. If I have to choose, it would be portraits, both dogs and people.

Why dog portraits? Well, I love dogs, I am mad about dogs. So it is just natural that I love to photograph them. They give me joy and happiness.

Why people portraits? Well, I suppose it is easier to connect to, with the emotion of the subjects. I love doing conceptual portraiture. It could be barking mad, surreal, it is all down to my own imagination.

The Shakespeare Apocrypha

Some of your photos are quite surreal and atmospheric, how do you come up with these ideas and make them happen?
Well, ideas come from everywhere and anywhere. It could be from movies, tv series, tv adverts, magazines, books, or things I see online. I would normally write down my idea when it comes to me, so that I won't forget about it an hour later. Then, I would start seeing the image in my head, and start to collect the props needed. Find the location, find the model, then make things happen.

Take a look at Cole's portfolio here.

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