Renowned Japanese photographer Hideo Suzuki came to Hong Kong to present an exhibition of his work and share his experience with other photographers. The 45-year-old sometimes spends up to two years preparing to take a single picture. He says the process of collecting objects, arranging them and finally taking the photo helps him express his thoughts and learn more about his inner self. One of his photographs depicts small and large globes together inside a wooden box. Suzuki explained that the larger globe represented his true self and the small one stood for what he thought he was. He said they were united because they both made up who he was. In a series of photographs, Suzuki delves into issues of femininity. He interviewed more than 40 girls and women - including his wife - and asked them what their gender meant to them. The exhibition of Suzuki's works is being shown until tomorrow at OP fotogallery, 5 G/F Prince's Terrace, Mid-Levels. What's on your mind? I'm not taking photos for society. I'm taking photos for myself. My purpose is to learn about myself, to discover myself. I haven't found myself yet, but I feel I am very close. What do you try to achieve through your photography? By photographing objects, I try to dig up deep feelings that even I may not know exist. A photograph is like a mirror to my inner self. From the picture, I see something of who I am. The end product is very important. But before the act of taking the picture, the time I spend preparing is an interaction between myself and my inner feelings. That is part of the process of self-understanding. Have you found the answers you're looking for in your photographs? Despite having taken so many pictures, I haven't reached an answer to my questions about myself. It's difficult to say what I'm looking for, but as of now, I don't have a picture that fully expresses what's inside me. Of course, I want to continue searching. What effect do you hope your photographs will have on the viewers? Of course, when I take the pictures, I think of many complicated feelings, but I don't need the viewers to think of such complicated thoughts. If they at least find the works interesting, I would be satisfied.