HK Magazine: How long is your day? Siu Kwok-yung: I get here at 10am and I leave around 9pm - it’s a good thing I enjoy my job. I love taking pictures. Before I retired, I worked for nearly 30 years as a photographer. I did advertisements for print and TV. Yes, I’ve been in this business a long time. But what else could I do at age 67? Nobody will hire an old guy like me; they’d just show me the door. HK: Do you think you get paid enough? SKY: More or less. That said, people don’t have much money to spend these days, as the economy is quite bad. Money is easily lost, just slipping away, you know? HK: Has anyone asked to be photographed nude against the skyline? SKY: [Guffaws] Of course not! People usually want their picture taken right here, although sometimes they’ll want to be over by the flower gardens, or the buildings behind the Cultural Center. Never against the Cultural Center though. Would you? HK: If you had things your way, what sort of pictures would you take? SKY: I love beauty, whether in nature or the face of a pretty girl. I worked in Papua New Guinea and shot some of the most serene landscapes in the world. I don’t really like taking pictures in the city because there can be so much clamor. I enjoy peace. As for girls, all over the world you will find pretty girls and they are all different because beauty comes in many forms. But at the end of the day, beauty is beauty no matter how it is packaged. HK: Can you make anyone look beautiful? SKY: I try, but that’s not so easy. Even beautiful girls will not necessarily take a beautiful picture. Also, you can’t assume that an ugly girl does not have something that will shine. Beauty in a photo comes from something in the face that you can’t always see in real life. HK: Where’s the best place in Hong Kong to take pictures? SKY: I think there can be a good picture everywhere; it depends who you are and what you like to look at. Some people might prefer going to Mongkok to capture the crowded, busy aspect of Hong Kong. But if you like taking pictures of nature, you should take the ferry out to the outlying islands. The air is cleaner and clearer over there. I took a wonderful picture of fishing boats at the pier against the serenity of the mountains. To me, that’s the ultimate pleasure in taking photos – enjoying nature.