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Meet DTLA Photographer: Ka Yee Kiu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ka Yee Kiu.

Ka Yee, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Oone day I was talking to my grandpa, he told me he used to be a photographer when he was young! And he still own some very cool vintage film camera. I was so surprised when I first heard about it. And he gave me the camera, Canon QL 17 range finder.

It is my first camera.

I still remember the excitement of waiting my first roll of film being processed. That’s how I started to do photography. I was stuck in my third year of College in HK, and I don’t know what I really want to do. I made a life changing decision. I moved to LA and I transfer to Art Center College of Design for Photography. This is the most important step that led me to where I am today.

Has it been a smooth road?
Making art is always difficult. I always struggled and feel a little confused. I remember I got really lost one time such that I didn’t want to take photos anymore. I feel like I don’t know anything other than photography and I am only making beautiful photos but without meaning. I doubted myself and didn’t know where to go, but I think this is also a very important step to be better.

Any predictions for the industry over the next few years?
I am still exploring new media to express myself. Photography is never the only thing I want to do. I may become a fine artist doing mixed media in the next 5 years, no one knows.

Has there been a particular challenge that you’ve faced over the years?
I think it’s to get to know myself. I have been trying to hear my inner voice all the time, what I honestly care and believe. It’s really easy to do something just because you think people likes it. The biggest challenge to me is to be brave to trust myself and do what I believe.

What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
Try and fail a lot. Put down your ego.. and love what you are doing!

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