This week’s Featured Influencer of the Week is photographer, Thirmizi Samsoodeen also known as @distorted.lens on Instagram.
Where are you from?
I’m a Sri Lankan and Malaysian mix, living in Mississauga, Canada. I was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Hong Kong when I was about a year old. Proud to have called Hong Kong home for 12 years before I moved to Canada in 2005.
What were you like as a kid?
I was pretty outgoing as a kid. Apparently, I’d go up to people in the street and start having conversations with them. I also loved playing video games and sports growing up. I think I was in just about every sports team back in Hong Kong. The city was small but there was always something going on.
What were you doing before you started creating?
In my first year of University, I studied Business and Economics before I switched to Digital Marketing. Probably the second best decision I’ve ever made…the first one was picking up a DSLR camera.
How did you get started?
My friend got me a part time job at Black’s Photography in my second year of school. As part of our training we had to learn the ins and outs of the DSLR and digital point and clicks. My dad found a good deal on a Nikon D3000 and we decided to buy one. I started taking photos of my friends for fun and people started approaching me willing to pay me for their portraits…and the rest is history.
What are your creative goals?
I want to be able to travel and experience what this beautiful world has to offer. Working with brands around the world to create amazing content is definitely what I’m working towards. I want to also help brands grow as well as grow myself as a photographer and digital marketer.
What are your dreams?
To be able to travel the world doing what I love. And maybe open up a restaurant one day…I’ve always been a foodie.
What inspires you to create?
Honestly, the people around me inspire me to create. I’m lucky that my closest friends are all artists, producers, and creatives in their own right. We bounce ideas off each other and work with each others strengths to help us reach our goals.
In 10 years what will you be doing?
I will be traveling the world, working with brands, and inspiring others to do what they love.
What are your favourite tools?
My Macbook pro, Canon 6D, and my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART lens. Oh, and my phone for sure…can’t Instagram without that.
What type of person is your ideal partner or collaborator?
I like to collaborate and partner up with people who have the same vision and understanding that I do. We have to see eye to eye on certain elements but also unique to our own creative aspects.
If you were currently in high school you would be “Most Likely To..?”
Most Likely To eat dessert before and after dinner.
What are some of your favourite places in the world?
Hong Kong to me will always be home. Which is why it’s one of my favourite places in the world. I also love Paris, I mean who doesn’t.
View more of Thirmizi’s work on his website www.thirmiziphotography.com
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