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About the Photographer

Borned in Penampang Sabah and currently residing in Sandakan Sabah, he started his photography as a hobby back then in 2007. That hobby quickly turn into passion as he ventures more into the world full of artistic where only limited by one's mind and imagination. Born under the sign of Gemini, he simply love to add different elements and ideas to create a different world with his lenses.

Working with Malaysia Airlines added extra advantages to be in different part of the world and captures the beautiful architectural and cultures and instill them in his trusted lense. It also added another big advantages as capturing once in a lifetime moments in different part of the world would be possible and less charged..

Happily married, his wife also shares the beautiful art of photography and has since became his sidekicks in events or even simply any outing. Together they became a great partner in crime and added more colourful touches with her faminine touch and his artistic eyes.

To sum up it all, they simply put life in their photography and hope you became a part of it too.

God bless ...

".. Thank you for believing. Photography is about what the eyes captures, the emotions that the heart felt and finally embedding all of it in a photograph. Now thats what photography is all about..."

Aldrian Willon

Your's Truly... Aldrian Willon

Your's Truly... Aldrian Willon

Does editting takes away the purity of a photo?

In my life i have met so many photographers who have different point of view in these art that they have devoted to. They have been so long in the industry that they have instill in their soul certain belief and ideas of what a perfect photo should be. One type of belief is that the purity of one photo must be the one seen by the eyes and captured by the lense. Usually the loyal users of film processing photography believe that a picture should be left as what it is and any editting or touch up would take away the purity of it.

Now being the so called "new age" photographer I have to admit that I do depend on my loyal Photoshop to tweek or touch up here and there. But in making a picture more perfect, am i actually making it more imperfect?. I'm pretty sure that there are fellow photographers out there who are just like me, just wanted a better prettier and nicer photograph.

A conversation with one film photographer not so long ago does struck some point inside my head when he admit the digital revolutionary of digital single lense reflect (DSLR) means more and more new age photographers take the things lightly when it comes to understand the technic and skills required to take one photo because they can just simply tweek it with photoshop or just simply delete it if it's not good enough. They wouldn't even care less if they have no idea what is the connection between iso, shutter speed or focal length or focal point, focus point because all they need to do is put the selector to P or AV and they can snap a photo equavalent to a pro ..

I do admit however that there is some truth in what he was saying. There was only a handful photographers out there during those film or LOMO time but when the new age DSLR arrived, the photography industry suddenly started booming and it has somehow put the photography industry to a new era. Eventhough the quality pictures produced have also increase, the ideas and skills to become a pure genuine photographers have decreased.

So, what does a true genuine photographers are? When i ask him this question, his answers were simply " genuine photographers are those who have put in their heart respect and wanting to learn every aspect of photography, and to see photography as an art that can captures one mind and soul and can create a emotion base on the photo taken. It's not simply just point and shoot to any object but to look at every object from the heart, and to capture it and to share it to others to appreciate. To respect and to appreciate is the key words here..."

So, does adding some elements or touch up makes us not a genuine photographer?. Not really he said.. If the object captured was tweek to make it more vibrant and interesting then the whole idea of photography is still there. But if the object captured and then modified because we simply don't want to take our time to understand the reason it didn't work at the first place than that is not a genuine photographer. Editted to the least can be forgiven, editted to the max than that is digital artwork not photography.

It gave me some points to think about. Maybe it's true we became too dependant on digital revolutionary that we forget why we were into photography at the first place. It's time to understand more what photography is all about and not jsut simply to show off who have the better gears or who can edit a picture better. It's about appreciating and to respect the time and skills from others who have master the art of taking a photograph. Like my mentor use to say  " see one object with the eyes, to feel it with the heart and to capture with the lense and finally to share it with others to feel.." .

It's time to respect and appreciate our mentor.....        


  1. Yeep, you got that right. This is why some people with a DSLR are slow to learn the basics and some learn faster than average.

    Photography surely is an art, an expression of one's mind, yet it requires the technical aspects to make consistent beautiful photos.

    Nice to read your post Aldrian, thanks for sharing.

    frisco daniel

  2. Dear Frisco,

    Thanks for the comment. It's quiet saddening that there are newcomers who just bought a DSLR less than a month and the next thing you knew are offering their service to take picture of a wedding or an event. It's not about the competition but it's more to the quality of a photographer which sad to say have decreased through out the years. Some are daring enough to take a big photoshoot project yet doesn't even know what DSLR stands for. They became too dependant on their photoshop editting skills that just to cover up the weaknesses during the photoshoot, it actually turn the picture to more cartoonic.

    I love this art and i don't want it to become less respectable and appreciable in the eyes of the public. I'm just afraid it will become like "a music composer who compose music in the computer yet doesn't even know how to play any musical instrument..."