I have personally admired Rayyiu Radzi’s talent as a friend and as a fan. Over the years he has grown into a celebrated photographer by both Instagram and the local community but he has stayed humble and real throughout. It takes a while for Rayyiu to warm up – he’s pretty reserved and not much of a chatterbox but his photos speak a thousand words. It’s nice that as a friend, he spent some time with me talking about travel plans, his photography style and why he’s chasing his passion. Ray is one of those fortunate people who are able to make a living through his passion but I won’t deny that his talent, taste and determination are the very factors that makes him who he is today.
His passion for photography started at the tender age of 16 with his first camera being a gift from his mother. He skipped Photography major throughout college while he obtained education in Mass Communication. He discovered his love in capturing moments again during his trips where he focuses on his own style and what he likes. He believes that every photo tells a story, and he would like viewers to experience through a single frame a little bit of his thoughts and what he saw throughout his journey – a diary carefully curated through the eyes of Rayyiu Radzi.
“Don’t force it, let it come naturally”, Ray said during our last chat. His personal trips to India, Bangladesh, Burma and Indonesia proved that when you do what you love, things will fall into place. His works have been featured by Instagram a few times, and recently at photo exhibitions. Now, his work is taking him all over the world meeting interesting people along the journey. When I grow up, I’d wanna be like Ray (although I think I’m obviously older than he is).
Tools of the Trade
Leica M6, roll of films, iPhone (yes, really), his trusty DSLR and his favorite 50mm 1.8 lens.
If there’s a word of advice from Rayyiu to those who would want to take travel photos, it would be “don’t be a tourist, be a local”. You will definitely see me blend in with the crowd next time, hopefully.
Ray is currently traveling in South America so follow his journey here