Photography is the perfect medium for me, because every time I press the camera shutter, it's as if I'm hitting the pause button on time, allowing me to save a snippet of it. My images are truthful and candid, retouched to convey the moods I wish to express.

All of my work is created outside of a controlled environment. By living in the moment, the outside world's wonderful sensations spark my creativity. As I am observing my surroundings, I move quickly and decisively to capture the essence of what I'm feeling and seeing. In a split second, I can sense an image coming together: objects in my field of vision collide with the sounds and overall mood of the space. It can be challenging; time is constantly changing, with no way to recreate a precise moment's feeling.

The final product may be visually pleasing or slightly disturbing because of the subject matter I've chosen to document. I only keep images which provoke emotions within me. And like a good book, I flip through these images to revisit the moments when I stopped time.

I get excited when I collaborate on themed, photographic adventures with people who are comfortable dipping a toe into the unknown. I love observing people; how they interact with each other and their environment. I deliberately offer little instruction during portrait sessions because unposed images are more interesting to me.

My fine art images have been reproduced for display in homes and businesses, but one of my proudest moments was walking into Maui County's newly built Department of Finance after its inauguration ceremony. The architects had commissioned six of my fine art images depicting different aspects of Hawaii for the building's permanent collection. Only one of them is available for viewing by the public, so go visit their lobby!

Things that move me:  unabashed laughter, music, watching roller derby, burlesque, clouds, moving shadows, the sound of the ocean, and the feeling of dense grass beneath my feet.

Inspirational quotes:
"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event."  Henri Cartier-Bresson
"...the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity."  Henri Cartier-Bresson
"My job as a photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain."  Helmut Newton

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Joyce Chin Photography
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