There’s something utterly magical about conceptual photography. Photography has never been about the accurate representation of the world; rather, it’s an interpretation through the eyes of the photographer. Conceptual photographers take this idea and run with it to the finish line. They create new worlds that don’t exist anywhere except in their minds and bring them into reality through their craft.
Ares Nguyen is one such creator who documents his mental states through his fantastical images, mainly centred around the themes of solitude and melancholy. With his photography, Ares wants his viewers to “relate themselves to my photos if possible, since it’s just my current feeling. If my viewers match it, it could make them feel somehow like me in a particular situation.” To him, the most important thing that photos should deliver is a feeling or mood, and the ability to add music to his photos on Ubersnap helps him achieve that.
Every photo starts its life as an idea, which Ares draws into a sketchbook that he brings everywhere with him. “Whenever an idea pops up, I quickly sketch it down as simple lines and drawings, and write some notes about the details,” he explains. “When you plan for your concept, it must be detailed. When it’s detailed, it means you have given thought on how you will do it. It will be straightforward for the next step, which is planning for the photoshoot. You will know what you have to take, where and who. After that, the rest is just Photoshop. I think the techniques to process photos like layer mask, cutting and color blending are easy and learnable. It’s all about the idea.”
Inspiration for ideas takes many forms. For Ares, it comes from his life, songs, movies or quotes. He is also inspired by the works of Joel Robison, Rosie Hardy, Fiddle Oak and others. “I’m just an aspiring photographer, therefore I haven’t thought anything about a commercial photography career. I just want keep it up with conceptual photography, and probably involve myself in more close-up portraiture in the future.”
View Ares’ profile on Ubersnap.