The sky, the sea, and the earth. These are some of the fundamental and commonly recurring visual elements that can be found in the work of the native Hong Kong photographer Rraay Lai. He is typically drawn to using nature and the wilderness as the setting of his photos, particularly by the sea, in forests, on rocky cliffs, or in open fields. Rraay is convinced that the perfect kind of photographic light to shoot in is the natural daylight of the great outdoors. With this kind of lighting, he likes to convey the feeling that every day is a new day, bringing a new beginning.
Professionally, he shoots portraits, fashion and commercial photography. In his personal work, he tends to shoot more nature photography, which will often take him to the far outskirts of Hong Kong. From time to time, Rraay also likes to shoot street photography in the city itself. Just walking through the streets and the small back streets of his native Hong Kong can give him creative inspiration.
One of the greatest challenges he says he faces as an artist is being able to keep the balance between the work he does commercially with the kind of personal work that he most enjoys doing – and trying to reconcile the two. He believes that it is important for him to stay faithful to his artistic vision even when he is working on client projects. To stay inspired, he tries to make creative work and shoot on a continuous basis.
Rraay often uses different cameras when shooting, but normally, depending on the project and its specific needs, he will shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, a Fuji GF670, or a Nikon 35Ti. He doesn’t have a great preference between analog and digital. For him, it is important simply to shoot and to be able to shoot in any given situation. The content and subject matter that is being shot takes precedence over everything else.
Rraay在拍攝時常用不同鏡頭，但通常來說，他會根據不同的項目和具體的需求選擇使用佳能5D Mark II，或者富士GF670，或者尼康35Ti。在菲林攝影或數碼攝影方面，他並沒有特別的偏好傾向。對他來說，能夠在任何現有的條件下進行拍攝和拍攝本身才是重要的。拍攝內容和對象是高於其他任何因素的。
These days, he has been following the work of the Japanese photographers Sanai Masafumi and Okada Atsushi, with whom he shares a similar aesthetic and visual simplicity. Notably one of his favorite photographers of all time is Peter Lindbergh. Lindbergh’s humanist approach to photographing women redefined standards of female beauty in fashion photography. He once famously said that it was “the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.” It is easy to see his lasting influence in Rraay Lai’s work and how he likes to capture the female form, which feels naturalistic, light, and carefree.