January 3, 2024
TCN Interviews Joseph Chen
Join us for an engaging interview with Joseph Chen, a passionate automotive photographer from Taipei, Taiwan. Discover his distinctive path in the world of car photography, gain essential insights, and enhance your appreciation of this dynamic and constantly progressing field.

Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Joseph Chen, a talented photographer from Taipei, Taiwan, whose journey into automotive photography blends his love for capturing real cars with a unique hobby of photographing model vehicles, showcasing a passion that transcends continents.

Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche Carrera GT Photographed by Joseph Chen

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In our interview, we'll explore Joseph Chen's unique perspective on automotive photography. We're eager to learn about his approach in marrying technical skill with artistic vision in his images. What triggers the beginning of his new endeavors, and what obstacles does he navigate in the realm of automotive photography? Joseph will offer a glimpse into his creative process and give advice for aspiring photographers interested in carving a niche in the world of automotive photography.

Be sure to view Joseph Chen's impressive portfolio by visiting his Instagram page.

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1 ."Can you share with us how you first got interested in automotive photography? What was the first car you photographed that made you think, 'This is it, this is what I want to do'?"

Although still a hobby on the side, it was the first time at a car meet in Santana Row, CA when I got to shoot a couple cars, including a Ford GT (which the owner kindly let me sit in) and a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. That passion has fueled me to where I am today.

Ferrari F430 Scuderia
Ferrari F430 Scuderia Photographed by Joseph Chen

My interest in collecting model cars has also contributed to this as well; during my free time I like to take studio-style photos and videos of them.

Make Up Model Ltd. Nissan R34 GT-R Z Tune
Make Up Model Ltd. Nissan R34 GT-R Z Tune Photographed by Joseph Chen

Make Up Model Ltd. Nissan R34 GT-R Z Tune Photographed by Joseph Chen
Make Up Model Ltd. Nissan R34 GT-R Z Tune Photographed by Joseph Chen

Some of my videography work:

2. "In your opinion, what makes a great automotive photo stand out? Are there specific angles, lighting conditions, or environments that you think work best? How would you describe your photography style currently?"

When you see a photo and know it’s that specific photographer’s; a unique style, be it in angles, color tones, etc. aspects that make it unique to the tens if not hundreds of photos I see each day. Lighting-wise, I’m a big fan of either golden hour or cloudy days, rainy is miserable to shoot in but can garner very interesting results. Environments vary by car, but always enjoyed shooting on ACH and in DTLA. Hard to put my style into words, to be honest, but vivid and vibrant or darker tones, depending on the car.

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Ferrari F430 Scuderia Photographed by Joseph Chen

RWB Porsche 964
RWB Porsche 964 Photographed by Joseph Chen

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0
Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 Photographed by Joseph Chen

3. "What has been your most challenging photo shoot and why? Were there any unexpected obstacles or memorable moments?"

It was a Polar Silver color Porsche Carrera GT; lighting conditions were certainly not ideal (noon), nor was the location, but a very special car and moment for me, regardless; the first hyper car I got to shoot.

Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche Carrera GT Photographed by Joseph Chen

4. "Camera aside, is there a specific piece of gear you can’t live without?”

Tripod, because shaky hands.

Lamborghini Diablo SV
Lamborghini Diablo SV Photographed by Joseph Chen

5. "In an industry that's always evolving, how do you keep your work innovative and maintain a unique edge?”

Always looking at what’s new, and those that inspire me.

Porsche 992 GT3 Touring
Porsche 992 GT3 Touring Photographed by Joseph Chen

Porsche 992 GT3 RS
Porsche 992 GT3 RS Photographed by Joseph Chen

6. “Do you find there is a competitive element to automotive photography or do you see it as more collaborative?”

Both sides I’ve seen and experienced before, I think it comes down to who you meet.

2011 McLaren MP4-26
2011 McLaren MP4-26 Photographed by Joseph Chen

BMW F82 M4 Photographed by Joseph Chen

Ferrari F50
Ferrari F50 Photographed by Joseph Chen

7. "Looking back at your career so far, what advice would you give to your younger self when you were just starting?"

Just keep pushing, you’ll develop your signature way of editing and shooting. It won’t come easy nor fast, but it’ll be worth it.

Ferrari Enzo
Ferrari Enzo Photographed by Joseph Chen

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0
Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 Photographed by Joseph Chen

Mercedes Bez G500 4X4
Mercedes Benz G500 4X4 Photographed by Joseph Chen

8. “Do you have a favorite photo? Either one you’ve taken yourself or one taken by someone else? If so can you tell us about what makes that photo so special?”

This E90 M3 on BBS E88s. Car was tastefully modified, lighting conditions played out well, some thorns I had to pick out shooting in the bushes, but was worth it. And a friendship with the owner whom I still chat with here and there.

BMW E90 M3 on BBS E88 wheels
BMW E90 M3 on BBS E88 wheels Photographed by Joseph Chen

9. "Finally, if you could have a dream photo shoot of your dream garage with any three cars from any era, which cars would you choose?”

McLaren F1 LM, Ferrari F50, and Porsche 993 GT2 (since the Diablo SV I was able to cross off the list a few years ago).

Lamborghini Diablo and Porsche 993 GT2
Lamborghini Diablo and Porsche 993 GT2 Photographed by Joseph Chen

Wrapping Up

We're thankful to Joseph Chen for opening up about his experiences in automotive photography. His journey, fueled by intense passion and impressive talent, is deeply inspiring and abundant with educational insights. Joseph's skill in capturing the character and beauty of automobiles is exceptional. We appreciate the knowledge he has shared regarding his craft and look forward to his future achievements as he continues to influence the automotive photography landscape.

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