It seems like everybody is a professional photographer nowadays. While film was a high barrier to entry both in terms of cost and skill, the digital revolution has since democratized the photography industry. With that, the term “professional” seems to weigh less now than it used to.
Then you come across somebody like MKTran. A Boston native with a spectacular eye for beauty. He is not your Ken Rockwell types obsessed over gear and begging for donations. He is not your Steve Huff or Matt Granger types, better known for their opinions on photography than for their actual work. No. MKTran is a professional photographer in the purist sense of the words. He creates beautiful images that leave you wondering, yearning, and feeling. His work speaks for itself. Here is the man behind these mesmerizing images.
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iLHP: Hi MKTran, I am a huge fan of your work. When I see most photographs, 90% of the time, I’d tend to think “gosh, I can do that.” But when I look at your work, the emotion you are able to capture, the subtle nuances, I just have no idea how you do it. Please tell us a bit about yourself. We want to know the photographer behind those images.
MK Tran: Thanks for your compliments Ed. I’d be happy to. I grew up in a tropical beach town in Vietnam. Immigrated here in 1998, and Boston has been my home since. I love music. I own three guitars. I love jazz. I am an audiophile, we can talk hi-fi all day. I started shooting two years ago in 2012. I love single malt Scotch.
iLHP: Only two years ago, that is very recent. Did you go to art school?
MKTran: No. Art school would be interesting, though I don’t think creativity can be taught. Art is a relationship with yourself, so you’re better off traveling or absorbing life in some other way.
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