Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
- Samson (S): I was born in Singapore and raised in Bangkok (an environment that really inspires me and fostered my creativity growing up). Art and design has for the longest time, played a big part in my life. In high school, as soon as we were allowed to choose which subjects we wanted to focus on, it was a no brainer for me. I’m now an Industrial Designer with a passion for photography and hand lettering. Also, I’m a major Hip Hop head.
Are you pursuing this full-time?
- S: I wish I was doing this full time – I love photography.
Why the name 7BraidStrong?
- S: My real name is Samson. I love my name and love the biblical character that is Samson, who is described as having 7 braids of hair on his head. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, this hair of course is the source of his super human strength.
What is it about photography that clicks with you?
- S: Nice, I see what you did there. Well, someone once said to me, “Oh wow! I walk pass this place everyday but never once seen it like this”, after she saw one of my photos. I thought about that for a good minute and realized that I’m not actually capturing anything different than what the next person sees when we look at the same thing. What I’m really doing is immortalizing the way I feel at that moment – about a place, about a person. That’s what it’s about to me.
Do you remember your first image? Or a story about an interesting shot?
- S: Daaaaaaamn, I must’ve shot my first photo when I was still in high school. At that time I was using disposable cameras. I don’t remember what my first image was but I can definitely share a story. One time I was walking in Chinatown and from my peripheral vision caught sight of an uncle sitting in a corner beside a pillar. Dude was inked up from the feet up in old school tatts and had an attitude about him – an OG I’m sure. He said something to me that didn’t quite register in my head. So I walked up towards him and he asked if I had some money for him to eat lunch. I pulled out my wallet and gave him the only 2 bills left in there – $4 altogether. After we talked for a bit I asked if I could take a picture of him. He didn’t say yes, but he didn’t exactly say no either. So I picked up my camera and immortalized him 16 times. How much is $4 really worth?
What do you like to capture in a shot? Aesthetics? Emotions? Symmetry?
- S: I think all of that is important and depending on what I’m shooting one might take slight precedence over the others but the one thing that comes through regardless of what I’m photographing is aesthetics. There’s beauty in everything in this world and that’s what I try to capture in my photos.
Takeaway message for the readers?
- S: Absolutely – come holla at me on Instagram and Facebook (@7BraidStrong). I’m always down to collaborate and explore.
Read on for more about Samson!
31 // Capricorn
Fact // My passion for my craft knows no limits.
Message // Love what you do and do what you love – life is too short to be doing otherwise. Everything else will fall into place.
FUSSY // I’m hella FUSSY about editing – to a point where I’m sure people around me get mad annoyed from me constantly asking their opinions.