“I always tell myself that young people should be courageous to try new things,” said Jim Wong, Lingnan University Visual Studies graduate who opened his own photography studio last year near the Tower Bridge in London.
After graduating from Lingnan in 2010, Jim went to the UK to pursue a master’s degree at Central Saint Martins, a world-renowned college of arts and design. During his studies, he earned his own living by working as a part-time translator and event manager at Barbican Centre. Instead of returning to Hong Kong after his studies, Jim applied for a two-year working visa in 2011 and started his first job at a photography studio in London. For a period of two to three months, he was assigned the task of retouching wedding pictures, a skill which he acquired at Central Saint Martins. His performance soon impressed his supervisors who subsequently gave him the opportunity of shooting wedding pictures for clients. “I tried my best in every job assignment and my effort paid off. I was glad to be entrusted for the job,” said Jim.
In the following year, Jim was engaged in various freelance jobs, which allowed him to establish connections with acquaintances in the field. With a growing client base, he rented a small studio and began to build his own business, specialising in wedding, product branding and design. “I have always loved photography,” said Jim. While some of his classmates dreamed of joining advertising companies with big names, he realised during an internship programme that this is not where his future lies.
Three years after graduating from Lingnan, Jim still keeps close contact with his teachers. “I still recall how I enjoyed the artist-in-residence studio practice and how I learned the basic theories in aesthetics from the visual studies courses. I would never have achieved so much without Lingnan,” he said.