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Matinee: Father's Day With Wong Lam & Aaron Wong Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

15 June 2019

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 296th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Father's Day With Wong Lam & Aaron Wong.

You'll enjoy the clip more if you stop reading right now to watch it. We'll wait before we summarize it (and consequently spoil the fun).

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Shot for Nikon Singapore (on Nikon equipment), this charming double interview of two accomplished photographers celebrates Father's Day and the power of one simple mechanical camera.

Wong is the family name. Wong Lam uses the surname-first format common in Asia while his son Aaron Wong uses the format familiar to Westerners.

They share more than a name, though.

The simple mechanical camera that sowed the seed for their over 60 years combined passion for photography was a Nikon FM2, Won Lam's first camera. It lead to family photography, parties, weddings and a career in photography. Retired now, he is a birder.

He's moved on from the FM2 but not before his son Aaron, who is a professional underwater photographer, snuck Dad's FM2 out of a dry box to play with. Seeing the world through that lens, even in play, awoke a passion in the child that he continues to pursue as an adult.

The story of sneaking a peek at the FM2 was, apparently, a revelation to his father. But like Dads everywhere, he finds a punishment that generously fits the crime.

Happy Father's Day!

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