Interview the Gram – @gallerybysindy
There’s a lot of hidden gems out there on social media– small, emerging profiles that I fall in love with. To better understand people’s work, I’m talking to the artists behind these profiles, and raising questions about art, social media, and change. I’m interviewing Instagrammers that I follow as part …
There’s a lot of hidden gems out there on social media– small, emerging profiles that I fall in love with. To better understand people’s work, I’m talking to the artists behind these profiles, and raising questions about art, social media, and change. I’m interviewing Instagrammers that I follow as part of a series called “Interview the Gram”. This week I talked to Sindy Lau behind @gallerybysindy, a photography profile I absolutely love.
I’m not sure exactly where I first found @gallerybysindy but it was fairly recently– the post that caught my eye was the one above, posted February 1st. The profile features a mix of individual and couples’ portraits, landscapes and architecture, and artsy selfies.
Alfalfa Studio: What do you do outside of photography?
Sindy Lau: I work in a multidisciplinary children’s clinic so it’s often a very gratifying line of work to make a difference to a child and their family’s life… When I’m not working in medical administration I’m probably locating the closest boba milk tea ice cream vendor… Either that, or spending time with friends and exploring Melbourne– two priorities I’ve set for 2019… I finally feel like things are starting to fall in place and it’s time to give back to friends and family. As for goal number two; exploring Melbourne, I think I fell out of love with what is actually a very beautiful city because I wasn’t taking the time to appreciate it. I was too blinded by my incessant focus on my goals– sometimes you miss what’s in front of you.
AS: Would you say you’re happy with what you’re doing now?
SL: I’d say I’m on the right track! Definitely not at the end of the road, still a loooong way to go. But I’m happy things are moving, slow and steady wins the race. Ideally, I’d like the flexibility to work overseas and pursue a creative career that is as financially rewarding as it is emotionally. Perhaps that will be a mixture of creative work, rather than pure photography. What that will look like exactly I’m not sure– who knows what could happen!
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“Wherever you go, I will gently follow” Here’s to finding that eternal travel buddy ??// Love is a beautiful thing. It takes two separate souls and empowers them to take a leap of faith. Love isn’t always pretty, but isn’t that the beauty of love? Love is the one thing that can make us overlook all flaws, forgive endless mistakes… love makes us want to try again. Oh what would the world be – what would we have, if it weren’t for love? // so, you’re probably wondering, Sindy, why the sappy post – can you believe Valentine’s Day is upon us already in a month’s time? But really, congrats to my sisturd Steph & Alex on their engagement ? like two little dorks in a pod ?
AS: What kind of creative work do you do outside of photography?
SL: For a little while I worked with a couple of actors to film a series of choreographs and scenes… I love expressing myself through writing and music also… I also have an interest in UX design that I’m hoping to upskill myself for. As for incorporating everything, I wouldn’t mind having more than one part-time gig… Sometimes, you need more than one skill to excel and bring depth to your specialisation. Anyhow it’d keep me on my toes and life interesting.
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AS: How did you get into photography?
SL: I used to be a pretty amateur and terrible photographer– I guess I never took it seriously or tried to be a good photographer until about 1.5 years ago. That’s when I bought my first DSLR. I’d been working full time for a while and financially I could finally afford one.
I’ve always been a very visual person in everything I do– visual learner, into fashion, visual arts. I guess it was inevitable that I would eventually be drawn to the art of photographic expression. What it really came down to though was that I needed an outlet to express myself that I didn’t already have.
AS: How has your art style changed over time?
SL: My art style… I’ve always been very inspired by vintage fashion which is a combination of textures, contrasting colours and daringly coordinated outfits. I’d say that’s the approach I take to my more preplanned shoots. But my favourite tool is definitely contrast.
Thank you so much Sindy for your wonderful insights! We wish the best of luck on the pursuit of your passions!
All images © Sindy Lau @gallerybysindy via Instagram.