Shavonne Wong is an award-winning fashion photographer, who is based in Singapore. Her work has seen her travel the world, having completed shoots in London, New York, Israel, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Shavonne Wong has worked with clients like Cosmopolitan, Nike and Her World Brides. Her incredible work has seen her featured in a list of ’25 scene shakers under 25′, and also received a gold award for Graphis Photography Annual 2015. So it goes without saying, Shavonne is a fashion photographer worth keeping an eye on. Shavonne Wong has a way of telling stories with her photos, whilst maintaining the highest level of aesthetics. Once you’ve finished reading this interview, be sure to explore her work – it’s wonderful. Please enjoy my interview with Shavonne Wong…
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
I’m a photographer. I love creating and capturing beautiful things!
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips.
The Twits by Roald Dahl. I haven’t thought of that book in a long time actually, the bird pie just suddenly popped into my head!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An artist. Some sort of artist. Probably more of the drawing sort instead of a photographer.
What do you think your school aged self would think of the present day you?
Probably that I turned out pretty cool! Thank God I’m not as dorky anymore…
If you could wrap up a single book and gift it to yourself as you left education – which book would it be?
Geek Love by Katherine Dune. It’s not a book I would recommend to just anybody, it’s pretty sick and twisted. Plus the ending was a little weak. But I did learn that what is normal to me isn’t always normal to somebody else.
Does your reading have routine? Is there a particular time or place that you like to read?
I go through months of reading a lot of books to other months of reading nothing. Basically, whenever I sit down and trawl through the internet for books I might be interested in, I build a collection and get them all at one go. Then I also finish them one right after the other. I’m a pretty fast reader and I love having the books fill up my free time. I don’t really have a favourite place to read. I just hate being interrupted by life and having to stop and put down a book! Maybe that’s why I have such terrible sleeping schedules, I’d much rather finish a good book than go to bed.
Tim Walker Pictures by Tim Walker. There’s not too much reading in it though! It’s mainly a fantastic photo book.
Do you have any books that you strongly associate with someone important in your life?
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. I read this book when my uncle passed away.
What book have you recommended the most to friends and family?
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction. I do wish I could read non-fiction without falling asleep though, I feel like I would be much more knowledgeable.
Do you think reading is important?
Yes. I believe it helps build empathy to read about a character’s journey, understand the hard choices one makes and how someone can grow. Also, books are a fantastic escape from reality!
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months?
Do you prefer real books or digital books?
Real books, always! Unless they’re really big and not so portable…
Name a book that you feel every human should have to read by law.
By law? I don’t think there is such a book. Every book affects everybody so differently and I can’t stand most of the world famous masterpieces of literature must read books. Moby Dick was so long, so tedious, so boring; and Catcher in the Rye had the whiniest protagonist! That used to make me think that I must be somewhat dull and lacking in class but I decided that screw it, I read books for my own entertainment, not for an impressive book shelf.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life?
The book that’s had the biggest impact on my life would be The Bible.
The Martian by Andy Weir; I loved the writing!
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
I read a couple of Terry Pratchett books a few years ago and absolutely loved them. I would really like to try reading the whole Discworld series in order!
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
Wow I Must Really Think That I Have Had An Interesting Life To Have Written An Autobiography!