“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Jon A.
South Sydney resident Mitch Fong developed an interest in photography after reading skateboard and surf magazines and newspapers, amazed by how the images conveyed meaning, as well as entertained.
In terms of learning the art, Mitch states, "the basics into photography I was taught at college when I was studying graphic design, the rest was taught myself.” Mitch would never leave the house without his camera and would always be experimenting with different ideas and settings.
Subject matter for Mitch comes from a combination of pre-planning and spontaneity. Some days he will know exactly what is doing, while other times it will just click. No matter what process he takes, Mitch always aims for a style he describes as "raw, expressing life as it is, rather then how it is idealised."
This style is also what Mitch attributes to his point of difference in the competitive field of photography. "I focus on the story rather then the aesthetic. I like to establish a connection between the subject and the individual by observing, creating empathy," he explained.
Photography as a whole plays a vital role in society according to Mitch. He feels that, especially in relation to news and media, it helps brings the truth to our eye, because the media will only write what they want us to read, whereas a photo can not be manipulated. It really links back to the old saying; a picture is worth 1000 words.
Late last year, Mitch accomplished one of the biggest achievements of his career when he was involved in documenting the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall St Protest in New York. "I have always aimed to document an event that will be remembered in years to come" he explained.
For his forthcoming career, Mitch is hoping to have an opportunity to document another big subject or event. He is also looking forward to getting some more travelling under his belt. If you would like to see more of Mitch you can do so here via Facebook, Twitter or on his website