Born in Malaysia, now based in New York. Fion is a visual artist, combining graphic design and photography to create compelling imagery for prestigious clients worldwide. Having lived in multiple countries, Fion draws her audience into a vivid, visual world by using fascinating colours, forms, and composition. She has a strong curiosity to experiment and explore with different art forms to perfect the skill of image storytelling. Her style has a nostalgic, dreamlike aesthetic, that aims to record a raw and honest moment of that subject through her eyes.
I started photography when I was a university student in Melbourne, Australia. I was studying communication design and we were tasked to create imagery of any topic for our publication project. I chose a social topic, ‘body image’ immediately as I wanted my work to be more than just grades and aesthetics. I hope my work can speak up for the minority and stories of the unheard. As photography is not my major, I started watching tutorials and planning self-initiated projects to hone my skills and connect with other photographers. The more I got myself into it, the more addicted I was to this art form. I was thrilled to learn about the philosophy and thought process of every photographer, and the idea of presenting the version of my world to the public through photography was daunting and exciting. I started sending messages to strangers (models, makeup artists, stylists) on Instagram and asked for a collaboration. Most of them were kind enough to respond and we started to create art together. Without photography, I would’ve never come across these beautiful human-beings and heard their stories. We connect on a deep level and I remain friends with a lot of them still. When I was doing graphic design work, it was just me, myself, staring at the screen all day. I love that photography is such a collaborative art form. You are forced to work with people to help you achieve your vision. You will never know if the outcome is going to be better, or worse. You just have to go with the flow and embrace every event that comes your way. I also appreciate my graphic design background a lot. I think that helps me in observing colours and hunting interesting compositions to tell a visual story. I would advise photographers that are just starting out not to limit their creative freedom. Don’t tie yourself up to a certain style because the industry tells you to, you should have fun with your art to express your voice. What stories do you want to tell through your photos? That’s the important thing. Initiate your side project, send photographers emails for a portfolio review, and assist prominent photographers (even if it means working for free), the experience and connection that you will make is priceless. The most important thing is to START NOW. No matter how great your idea is, it means nothing unless you start taking action. It was because of the connection I made, that I’m able to enter New York Fashion Week during my first year in New York and take photos for brands. It was a wild and eye-opening experience. Every little bit of progress will end up bringing you closer to a big opportunity. And you never know what’s coming next. You just have to keep going and have faith in yourself. Just looking at beautiful photos, in this era on Instagram, is not enough. I’ve learned to dive into studying photographers’ work from the past, including their thoughts and attention to detail. Looking at old paintings, films, music and other art forms can also help you craft your voice. I’ve always found it interesting to study how different art forms are generated, and this continues to provide new ideas for my art. There will always be criticism and compliments no matter what you put out to the world. I think publishing your work is intimidating as you are putting a part of yourself on the table for everyone to judge. But you will never get constructive feedback if you are always in your own shadow. Everyone has different beauty standards and I think, as long as the art I create represents me and the story, that’s enough satisfaction for me.