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Photographer Focus

The Poj // Patrick Jambo

(@thepoj)

Next up in our cyberpunk series is Philippine based photographer Patrick Jambo, aka, The Poj. Recently he has been taking photos in the built-up, towering streets of some Asia's major cities which provide the perfect setting for cyberpunk photography. Patrick's shots throws you right in the setting of the overcrowded streets and airless back-alleys all whilst basked in a neon glow. We spoke to The Poj about his style. 

First of all, let’s talk equipment, what camera do you use to shoot with?

I use a Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 24-120 F4, a Nikon D5000 and sometimes my Iphone 6s. I always shoot RAW and I process it in Adobe Lightroom.

Are there any movies or literature that influence your works?

I was inspired after I watched futuristic dystopian movies such as Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell( the original anime version and the remake), Akira and Gantz on Netflix. I was also inspired by the movie Enter The Void by Gaspar Noé. I also love the drawings of Syd Mead.

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Who are you most favourite photographers you look to for inspiration?

There are a lot actually but to name a few I look to Liam Wong, Masashi Wakui, 301_2015(Takaaki ito), and Elsa Bleda’s Work. They’re the reason why I went back to Photography. 

What in particular draws you to the cyberpunk style?

The dark alleys lit up by the neon lights and signages and the futuristic urban vibes. I love to imagine myself walking in a futuristic city with flying cars and having a high tech life yet lowkey. I'm more of an “urban” person, I find cities more relaxing than nature etc.

What stories do you try and tell with your photography?

I don’t really have a story for my photographs since I just shoot whenever I see something cool or something that captures my attention. I just let the viewers make their own stories based on their perspective towards my photography.

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Is there another major city which you would love to shoot in, but one which you feel you could uniquely capture?

Aside from Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo, I would love to shoot Shanghai and Beijing but this time on a rooftop view capturing the entire city night scape and unique architecture of some buildings. Thailand is on my list too, I’ve heard their streets are lit by neon signages.

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Lastly, any advice for people hoping to start out in street photography?

Just bring your camera at all times whenever you are exploring the city. Keep shooting and editing to improve your skills. This might sound wrong, but I learned a lot by imitating the editing styles of other photographers until i managed to have my own style.

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