A market in the making
Red Sevens spoke to Desmond Foo, Singapore's first paintball
photographer. A photography expert in his field of events and
cuisine, Resident Evil Chef's (which he is commonly known as in
the paintball world) work of art is widely appreciated by many
paintball enthusiasts in the region. His recent coverage of the
Johor Bahru Paintball Fitness Challenge 2007 was given a 100%
thumbs up by paintballers who all wanted a piece of themselves
in action. Red Sevens catches up with Resident Evil Chef to find
out more about his misadventures so far.
1) How did you get yourself involved in paintball
and photography? Both requires shooting we all know...
I got involved in paintball
thanks to SEBURO. He mentioned a few things about paintball; I
started asking questions and next thing I knew I was on the
field getting splattered. Photography was an interest since I
was a student especially after watching "the killing fields" and
being intrigued by the genre of photojournalism. When I first
set foot into a paintball field and saw the game upfront I knew
this would be a beautiful game to document.
2) How do you think media advertising can help in
Definitely!! With paintball
still in it's infancy in Singapore it needs the coverage to
create awareness to bring it mainstream. Awareness, I guess
that's the key word.
3) Do you even play this sport?
Of course! How can u try to document the sport when u don't even
4) Unlike referees who get shot
(part of their job)... have you been shot while taking photos in
What do u think? It's all
part and parcel of the game to get whacked at one time or other.
I just choose not to take it personally. Sometimes the teams
mistake me for an opponent and next thing I know Iím getting
rained on by paintballs. What can I do? Just turn my back and
take it, then slowly stand up and walk away.
5) Other than paintball photos, do you take other
photos from specific areas?
I actually specialize in food
and restaurant photography. I also do events, PR and products.
And now, PAINTBALL!!!!
6) In your perspective, how is paintball
photography different from sports photography? Do you even
consider yourself as crazy to enter the field.
have to be crazy to enter the field!!! Most photographers I know
(pros and hobbyist, especially hobbyist) will not subject their
equipment to the kind of punishment from shooting paintball.
Paintball photography is very dynamic and you have to be on your
toes at all times. Besides, there's hardly a safe media area for
you to hide in and you have to be careful with your movements in
the field otherwise teams may accuse you of leading or exposing
their positions on the playing field.
7) Can others engage your photography services? I
like some of these photos, can I purchased them?
Most certainly! Paintball photography is exhausting on
equipment. My wear and tear rate just went over the roof. Any
income I earn will probably go back into equipment so that I can
continue shooing the sport.
8) Lastly, give me 3 words about your passion for
3 words..... "something worth shooting"