My name is Vince Aung. I’m a fashion photographer currently based in San Francisco, California, although I was born in Yangon, Burma. I lived there pretty much my entire life before moving to the States 5 years ago.
I’ve always been interested in taking pictures. I remember, as a kid, I would play around with my dad’s point and shoot camera and I would take pictures of random things. When I was 18 I bought my first camera and I started taking portraits of my friends, and photographing random things. But I didn’t know I was going to be this serious later.
Fashion is fascinating. It’s always changing and you can do so many things with it. My favorite part is the storytelling — I love how we can create a story using clothes, models, sets, and etc. through a series of images. There’s a lot of creative freedom, you know?
For me, working challenges and struggles change as time go by. Lighting, coming up with a concept, art direction, and everything was a challenge for me when I was starting out. Because it was all self-taught and learning mistakes from each shoot and trying to make it better next time.
Anything can be an inspiration when you see it; film is just a medium. In this digital world, you can do pretty much anything. With a digital camera, I would take hundreds of photos, and I would get the shot. It’s very convenient and easy.
But, with film, I’m very careful with what I’m about to capture. I need to be 100% before I fire the shutter. To me, shooting on film is more of a personal feeling and preference. Film gives emotions. You might cry looking at a contact sheet or the negatives right after you finish developing the film.
I used to go to a local lab, but they shut down recently. So I started developing myself. It’s very calming. I love it. It’s like cooking; each time is a learning process.