DnaEuropeFive minutes with Simon McCheung

I’m a self-taught Fine Art and Fashion photographer based in London, UK. I had started photography a little over a year ago and it has become an active hobby of mine.

Simon is a self-taught photographer and a graphic designer for a Warner Bros company, based in London. Born on 1983 in UK, Simon wants to bring to surface buried emotions and a sense of escapism from his series of dream like concepts.

Simon’s work has been featured within Saatchi’s gallery space on two occasions as his image ‘An Underwater Spell’ being used for the forefront of Google’s and Saatchi’s collaboration project, Motion Prize. Simon’s work has also appeared in publications, such as Vogue Italia, My Modern Metropolis, Phlearn, Dodho and Worbz.

12757095772479071334

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a self-taught Fine Art and Fashion photographer based in London, UK. I had started photography a little over a year ago and it has become an active hobby of mine.

How did you get interested in photography?

I love to tell stories and I find that photography is one of best mediums to take short moments of that story and letting the viewers to be inspired to fill in the rest of the story.

Have any artist/photographer inspired your art?

Tim Walker and Tim Burton are my current inspirations.

Could you please tell us anything about your technique and creating process?

I don’t really have a standard process, but generally a concept idea can spark from a conversation, an object or location. I write down a short story based on these elements to build up the image and then go out and shoot.

Describe your ideal photographic situation

A shoot that inspires another idea and then perhaps another idea.

simon_mccheung02

How much preparation do you put into taking a photography?

Depending on the details of the shoot and that everything is all planned out, then it can take between 10mins to one hour. I even have times where I have to take a week to prepare because I needed certain props, costumes and even location scouting.

What’s your useable-to-unusable ratio when you review images from a shoot?

For planned shoots, it’s pretty small like 3/4 useable. It get’s smaller and smaller when you know what you want.

What quick advice do you have for someone who wants to improve his or her photography skills?

Do it everyday,

simon_mccheung01

From time to time many photographers find themselves in a creative rut or uninspired to shoot. Does this ever happen to you and if so how do you overcome these phases?

I would go do something that is outside your comfort zone. This will keep you on your toes and eventually you’ll find yourself back on track again, because doing something new will force you to think differently and that’ll become your inspiration.

What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?

I would love to visit the world with photography in mind and be inspired by my discoveries. I also want to collaborate with other talented people (be they musicians, actors, writers or filmmakers) to create amazing bodies of art. [Official Website]

simon_mccheung06

simon_mccheung05

simon_mccheung03

simon_mccheung04

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/view.jpg
Share your most best images in this photo contest in collaboration with ViewBug. A community that hosts over 40 photo contests and challenges.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Z.jpg

Simply Stunning Landscapes – Would you like to capture stunning landscapes every time you shoot… without having to travel far from home?

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BB-Gallery-2.jpg
Share your most best images in this photo contest in collaboration with ViewBug. A community that hosts over 40 photo contests and challenges.
RELATED STORIES
Human body : Abandoned Souls by Andreas Theologitis

EuropeNudeHuman body : Abandoned Souls by Andreas Theologitis

The new project from Andreas Theologitis is a study of the human body. His photographic work turns insistently around the exploration of particular aspects of the nude, where aesthetics are combined with an almost ideological dimension.
Heart them stirring by Tabitha Barnard

ConceptEuropeHeart them stirring by Tabitha Barnard

I started working on this project six years ago when I first started my undergrad degree. At the time my youngest sisters were thirteen.My sisters were around me all the time and I figured if they were there I should start photographing them.
Portraits; Expression by Binh-Dang

AsiaB&WFeaturedShotPortraits; Expression by Binh-Dang

Portraits taken under the surface of water are unique moments that are different from traditional portraits.
War Stories I Never Heard by Todd Bradley

AmericaConceptWar Stories I Never Heard by Todd Bradley

War Stories I Never Heard explores discovering a loved one’s World War 2 military stories after their death; and the longing for deeper personal connection with them after they have gone. 
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/insta.jpg
Waking Life by Max Moldau

B&WConceptEuropeWaking Life by Max Moldau

Waking Life is a homage to the disappearing monochrome dream world. Some researchers suppose that it was the childhood exposure to black-and-white photography, movies and later television
Miss Butterfly by Shadi Ghadirian

AsiaB&WConceptMiss Butterfly by Shadi Ghadirian

Miss Butterfly as is going to meet the sun, looking for a way out and reaching for the light becomes captive in spider’s web
TRENDING STORIES
Rural communities; The Chicken’s View by Francisco Alcalá

B&WStoryRural communities; The Chicken’s View by Francisco Alcalá

Every day people from small rural communities come –sometimes with long and exhausting journeys- to the main market in San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas to sell their chickens.
Solitude(s) by Antoine Buttafoghi

ConceptEuropeSolitude(s) by Antoine Buttafoghi

My work revolves around loneliness, even solitude, so many and varied. Loneliness is also the realm of photographers. For if love belongs to the poet, the novelist's fear, loneliness belongs entirely to the photographer.
Portals (Passages) by Nikki Raitz

AmericaShotPortals (Passages) by Nikki Raitz

This photographic series evokes a sense of escapism, passages and changing ideals through the use of female dancers and imposing doorways. In each image a woman interacts with the frame - emerging from it, departing into it or otherwise moving inside of this space.
Kazakh eagle hunters & Golden eagle festival by Sanghamitra Sarkar

AsiaB&WFeaturedStoryKazakh eagle hunters & Golden eagle festival by Sanghamitra Sarkar

The Mongolian eagle hunters are a dying breed. In one estimate there are only fifty or sixty to two hundred and fifty eagle hunters left The golden eagle hunters capture the eaglets at around four months old
The Concept of Visual Parataxis by Raju Peddada

AmericaDodhersThe Concept of Visual Parataxis by Raju Peddada

I am a writer by passion and a photographer by design. What I mean by this is that writing requires a lot of practice, dedicated labor every day, just to attain mediocrity. It is a very discouraging avocation.
A journey through an ancient saga by Balarka Brahma

AsiaStoryA journey through an ancient saga by Balarka Brahma

A city with rich history is still standing tall in modern India. A city, which is considered much older than history itself with ancient river ghats, narrow alleys, classical art and music, is a perfect symbolization of India’s rich culture.
Simone Zeffiro; Italian self-taught photographer

B&WConceptEuropeSimone Zeffiro; Italian self-taught photographer

Simone Zeffiro is an Italian self-taught photographer born in 1979 in a small city close to Milan. During his first travel to France at the age of 17 he discovered his interest to photography taking photographs just for fun around the wonderful city of Paris.
George Holroyd and life’s ephemera

AmericaB&WConceptGeorge Holroyd and life’s ephemera

Through my work, I attempt to identify the ingredients that combine to make a particular place feel like home, primarily through observation of life's ephemera and taking note of the little things that stick in my mind.
FEATURED STORIES
Dreamland; Tale of the blue pear by Nikolina Petolas

ConceptEuropeFeaturedDreamland; Tale of the blue pear by Nikolina Petolas

Tale of the blue pear; Nikolina Petolas’s project was selected and published in our print edition 16. The series present a search for our own essence, which is embodied in the shape of a pear, in different color and sizes, which can be found in the majority of her artworks.
Homeless people; On the street by Zoltán Molnár

B&WEuropeFeaturedStoryHomeless people; On the street by Zoltán Molnár

In the EU, the number of homeless people has grown by seventy percent in one decade. Nowadays more than 700 thousand people have to face the fact daily that they have no roof above their heads.
Religious devotion; Viernes Santo by Oliver Weber

B&WEuropeFeaturedStoryReligious devotion; Viernes Santo by Oliver Weber

Ceremony of the funeral of god’s son Jesus. With the arrival of spring comes Easter week. It has centuries of history behind it and is one of Spain’s most authentic and emotive celebrations.
Losing our minds by Eddy Verloes

B&WConceptEuropeFeaturedLosing our minds by Eddy Verloes

I want this poetic-philosophical reflection to speak through my images in these corona times. In my series “Losing our minds” I consciously show only young people who are looking for themselves, for the meaning of life and the relationship between man and nature.
Ethiopia; The art of disappearing by Harry Fisch

EuropeFeaturedShotEthiopia; The art of disappearing by Harry Fisch

The trucks continually roll past the roads that lead to their villages, spitting out so much dust that people living in the villages can no longer breathe. 
Wet-plate collodion process; My America by Rashod Taylor

AmericaB&WConceptFeaturedWet-plate collodion process; My America by Rashod Taylor

With this work I want the viewer to get a good look at what it is like living in America as a Black man. I use the wet-plate collodion process to connect the past to the present and explore the atrocities of slavery and Jim Crow
Documentary photography; Can’t Smile Without You by Martin Andersen

B&WEuropeFeaturedStoryDocumentary photography; Can’t Smile Without You by Martin Andersen

Photographer and life-long Tottenham Hotspur fan, Martin Andersen has turned his camera on his fellow fans to create ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, an intimate and often visceral collection of photographs taken at home, away, and across Europe from 2013 until 2017 with the last game played at the White Hart Lane stadium.
Anže Godec; Austro-Hungarian army complex abandoned by Yugoslav forces finds a new artistic life

EuropeFeaturedStoryAnže Godec; Austro-Hungarian army complex abandoned by Yugoslav forces finds a new artistic life

Army complex from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It lies by Metelkova Street in the center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was abandoned in the early 1990s, when Yugoslavia collapsed.
Women hold up half the sky by Gerard Exupery

AmericaB&WFeaturedStoryWomen hold up half the sky by Gerard Exupery

It’s another beautiful day in paradise. Dark, and rainy. It’s one of those days that suggest the beauty of film. F-stop wide open, the darkness and grain, the feeling of an impressionist painting.
OTHER STORIES
X
stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Issue #14 | September 2020
Current Issue
Vicky Martin
Ryotaro Horiuchi
Susanne Mildeelberg
Diego Bardone
Nicky Hamilton
Alain Schroeder
Printed on 80# matte paper 22x28cm | 100 Pages
Showroom
September 7 to October 31, 2020
Julia Fullerton-Batten
LOOKING OUT FROM WITHIN
Get in touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Photo by ©Ryotaro Horiuchi | Japan | Issue#14
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Photo by ©Ryotaro Horiuchi | Japan | Issue#14
CALL
FOR ENTRIES
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Are you ready?
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
NEW!
FOLLOW US.
Subscribe now and get a free access to a curated list of resources.
Feel free to contact.
2017 (C) All rights reserved.
ghfd