ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Best of ASMP 2018 – First Place Winner: Eric Mueller

By January 2, 2019Best of 2018, Contests

Minneapolis, Minnesota
ericmuellerphotography.com

“Choi Hung Estate”

First Place – Self Promotion / Personal

Image © Eric Mueller

“The world is so chaotic, so I like to celebrate symmetry in the built (or natural) environment wherever possible, as a way of organizing that chaos.”

ASMP: What was your inspiration for taking this photo?

Eric Mueller: I was lucky enough to travel to Hong Kong in 2018, where a long-time Instagram friend, @kyle_yu, brought me to several iconic places. At the Choi Hung (“Rainbow”) Estate, it was too crowded for the minimalist image I had envisioned, and it was only later that I noticed how this one frame had captured so many different simultaneous activities.

ASMP: What type of setting do you prefer?

EM: The world is so chaotic, so I like to celebrate symmetry in the built (or natural) environment wherever possible, as a way of organizing that chaos. Although this photo is a bit of an exception, I usually try to make my photos as simple as possible, and I always like to include people in my photos; people are endlessly fascinating.

ASMP: Is there anything unique about your style or approach?

EM: I’m not interested in typical travel photography, where the process of getting to the right location at the exact right time (e.g. a sunrise mountain shot) is a crucial element to the photo. I’m more interested in working with what’s available at any given moment and trying to find an interesting image to make.

ASMP: What kind of gear do you use?

EM: I shoot with the Sony mirrorless system. This photo was taken with the a7riii and a 16-35mm lens. I like the Sony system because it’s small and easy to use.

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