If you've ever been to Regent Place in Sydney Townhall you would have walked passed Mario Palufi (aka borneon.lad) and his photography work in a giant light box right by Miss Chu's.
We are always inspired by Mario's work, with his moody street photography to his striking but mellow portraits. We find out more about his process and love for photography.
Simply boredom. It was a couple of years back, I was so tired and fed up of working in hospitality for the past 2 years after finishing high school. I don't feel I belong there and I just wasn't enjoying it. I decided to get myself a camera on my birthday and started to take some photos again. (I did photography as a hobby when I as in high school).
Nikon D750 camera body, and some other lenses (24mm Sigma Art Lens f/1.4, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Samyang 14mm f/2.8, and Yuangnuo 35mm f/2). And I feel naked if I'm not wearing a watch on me and I also like to wear a beanie hehe!
HK and NYC are on my priority travel list. I was seeing a lot of images from my favourite photographers around those cities. I loved the city vibe and the different perspectives these photographers were able to capture so it gave me inspiration to capture Sydney in a similar vibe which is actually pretty challenging!
It depends. When it comes to work, sometimes I plan it really well and grab some references here and there. Seeing other people's work really helps me think of some ideas as well as work I've seen before which my brain remembers. It helps me think about what suits a scene and what to do on the spot. The organic way is always good too, to have the idea come to you naturally while you're shooting.
Cabramatta is quite a different suburb to a lot of others in NSW. It's a big Vietnamese community suburb that has a lot of character to it and people are so different and unique. I've only been there twice so far to shoot and eat, but I do like it! The food is amazing. Burwood and Ashfield are also cool, I've been there once to shoot and was happy with the results.
This is hard to answer! I like most of my shots I've posted on my social media. But, I do have a street shot that I really like. This shot taken in Townhall Station, Sydney, during the day time. To get that light coming through the ventilation and having the movement of the train while people are doing different things while waiting for the train to come.(One is playing with their phone, one is calm, and another one looks impatient.)
Friends. Also some works of good photographers from the social media platforms like Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, Blog, Pinterest, Vimeo, and Youtube. I often use Instagram and Tumblr to browse photography work and Vimeo for video inspiration.
Pretty excited to say that I'm going to do a road trip with Mini Cooper Australia along with my good mates Ben (@itchban) and Chino (@chinocen) in April. We'll be hitting some spots around NSW this time, starting from Mt. Kosciuszko, Laurel Hill, Horse Head and some other places as well.
I feel like everyone is a photographer now regardless of their experience. Anywhere, anytime there's always people taking their phone out and capturing something they see. But again, to understand what photography is, there's not many. But I believe everyone could be a good photographer as long as they have the passion for it. Study about light, composition, lines, colours, contrast and all those elements that build a good photograph. So, keep learning and always find new inspiration, be creative and be different. Those are the ways that I to stand out.
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