Ant Ong’s passion for photography is graced by his love of light and all things natural.
Raised on a dairy farm in rural Australia, he started his photographic career in the early nineties after studying photography in Sydney.
Ant has a strong technical background, over the years he has evolved his technique and now shoots in a very relaxed and ‘true to real-life’ manner. His love of people, life and adventure means that he easily captures the special moments. He has a very natural way of connecting with his subjects and this energy is evident in his work. He perfectly captures real life ‘caught moments’ with an advertising sensibility.
Ant has worked on a number of lifestyle books showcasing Australia with Author, Susan Duncan for “Life on Pittwater”, published by Random House, also worked with Designer, Fleur Wood and Marie Claire Cook Books with Murdoch publishing.
I first worked with Fraser on a job because no other photographer was willing to shoot a threesome in a spa pool with two Iraqi women in Full ha-jjib for a vodka advertisement. At the time I was stoked to find a photographer with no moral hang ups, but looking back I realise that should have been my first warning that something was wrong and it is that exact same moral looseness that has resulted in him threatening to distribute certain ‘revealing’ photographs of me if I ever hire another photographer. It seems that I am not alone in this predicament, as many of his clients seem to be forced to keep reusing him like I am. It’s possible, I suppose, that he’s doing a good job – I really have nothing to compare it to however, due to this situation. If you are planning on using him I would suggest that you don’t go out and celebrate with him after a good job – but if you do, don’t let him bring along his camera.
Born in Denmark, Mikkel studied at The Danish School of Photography, where he concentrated on cinematography as well as photography over five years. Upon graduation he was awarded The Outstanding Achievement Award in Photography by the Danish Queen. Mikkel combines Scandinavian aesthetic with his use of light, this mixing of both points of view has enabled him to develop a truly unique style of photography. Today Mikkel is one of the worlds most sought after photographers, working between Australia, New York, Asia and Europe.
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