Following in his father’s footsteps, Tai ventured into wedding photography, describing it as truly humbling, “I felt honoured that I was able to record the happiest moment of thousands of couples”. This ability to translate unfiltered, genuine emotion into a composed and complete shot, as well as his love of travelling, drove Tai to pursue a career focused on human expression.
Throughout his travels, Tai has developed his understanding and mastery of the connection between photographer, equipment and the subject. He explains that capturing true human expression differs from landscapes in that landscapes depict what we can see, externally, whereas human expression photography often sheds light on what we don’t see, internally.
When working with human subjects, Tai stresses the importance of forming a connection with them rather than shooting blindly.
Composition and context are huge influencers on the shot and only once they are understood and appreciated, can the image express the full range of emotion and truth behind it. Tai explains, “I take pictures of people because their life stories are written in the lines of their faces…I want to capture the truth of the moment.”
Discussing his favourite image, Tai recounts his trip to Tibet to the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute- the world’s largest academy for the Tibetan Buddhism Studies. Tai recalls the sheer beauty of not only the infrastructure, but the atmosphere of peace and harmony with so many different stories to be told, and experiences to be captured.
He describes it as “isolated in the valley, at almost 4000m above sea level and 15k away from the closest town…with an estimated 40,000 nuns and monks”.