About the Photographer
A close call always puts things in perspective. While I have a few like the next person, nothing shook me more to my core than almost losing my son. The February day started fine enough with me and my wife going out to bring take out food home, but then I received a call that made me skip a beat. Driving back home I did not know how to interpret the words “He’s not responding”. I wanted to lose it but tried to hold it.
As we arrived, I saw my son’s face. My son’s smile can brighten your day, but this time there was no smile…. he was gloomy, turning blue. He looked as if he was having his life pulled out of him. When the paramedics came he was still unresponsive but breathing, he had a seizure that could have turned sour. I picked up my camera and rode in the ambulance. Without my camera in hand, I would probably gone nuts.
As I was taking some photographs of my son in the hospital, these words came to mind: “God forbid if I were to lose him, the only thing I would be left with would be photographs”. Indeed a close call puts things in perspective. I was always a documentary photographer at heart, telling stories with photographs, but that event solidified the calling that I have been living up to that point.
Photography to some is a job, to others it’s cameras. To me it’s in my soul. I always have my camera with me and have a passion for telling stories through photographs. Life is a story, life is precious. Life is a documentary and I try to capture it.
My quest is to try to capture not only aesthetically pleasing photographs, but above all photographs that have soul and timelessness to them….I’m after photographs that strike a chord in the inner most being because I believe that photography is more than pictures, it’s about Life.
My name is Olivier Duong, a Haitian-French-Vietnamese photographer living in Jeju, Korea
// About photography
We all live in 4 dimensions that we are aware of, 3 for space, one is time. We can move back and forth in space, we can always go back to a geographical location that we previously were.
But that is not the case for time. There is no moving back and forth in time. Time is like grains of sand, it just flows within your hands. Photography is essentially an act of picking up these grains of sands in order to preserve them. Therefore photography is unique in the art world because it allows you to move back (albeit in a limited way) in the 4th dimension: Time.
It is not only a preservation of physical things but also of feelings. Photography is essentially a transfer of feelings, and these captured feelings are irrespective of time. Melancholy can struck by simply looking at a time long gone. It is ever more important nowadays where we as a society do not take time to appreciate things, as it forces feelings to the viewer and allows for introspection.
I am a wedding/documentary photographer but my background is in graphic design. My specialty is layout, branding & identity. When it comes to Business, I have skills in email marketing, infoproduct creation, ecommerce, consulting.
I have Native-like fluency in 3 languages: Haitian creole, English, French
Currently learning Korean
Publications / Press
Interviews & Features:
– [Huffington Post] Photographer Olivier Duong Takes Us On A Visually Stunning Journey
– [Le Petit Fute] Guide to Haiti (2015-2016 Editions)
– [L’Unionsuite] Meet Haitian-French-Vietnamese photographer Olivier Duong
– [Kreyolicious] Olivier Duong on tech and why photography is still an art
– [The Ky Cua Chung Ta] Interview with Olivier Duong (Vietnamese)
– [Elephant gun] Interview with Olivier Duong
– [Mirorless Reviews] A conversation with Olivier Duong & Don Springer
[Inspired Eye] I wrote 20+ photography tutorials for the photography site
[Samsung smart photography] 10 things to keep in mind while doing street photography
[Dpreview] Confessions of an ex gear addict
[Digital Photography School] 10 photography tips to take your photography up a level
[Digital Photography School] What’s really missing from your photographs?
Honors & Fancy looking papers