recent works of independent photojournalist and video journalist from Hong Kong, currently based in Toronto, Canada.
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Meet Sebastian. He is 5. He has a whole lot of energy and a whole lot of curiosity. He wants to learn everything he can and he is at his age where he just asks questions all the time.

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This is Sebastian’s brother, Ignatius, or we call him “Iggy”. He is 3 and he does everything his brother does, without a full understanding of why Sebastian acts the way he does.

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These are my nephews. I spent a day with them to do some family portraits, like these ones:

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But i rather document other moments of their lives. and here it is:

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Obviously, you can tell I have a bias towards who I like more. ;)

That’s it for now.

I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin
I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.
Photos by Justin Chin

I had an opportunity to visit a magazine printing facility today and check out their production line. It was very cool. There are a lot of efforts and steps behind the scenes to create these products so they would look and feel good on newsstands, whether is its colour, weight, bounding methods, etc.

I am not sure of the future of these printed magazines as we migrate to the digital version on the Pad or web, but would you prefer a physical copy? Or the iPad version?

Employees of St. Joseph Communications work on the production line at the company’s printing facility in Concord, Ontario on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Several Canadian magazines prints at this St. Joseph Communications facility, such as Toronto Life, FASHION and Sharp Magazine.

Photos by Justin Chin

People on their phones. Burlington, Ont.

Canadian author Margaret Atwood during a video interview with Maclean’s Magazine at Random House of Canada in Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Photo by Justin Chin (shot with an iPhone)

On board HMCS Regina

The legendary Peter Bregg got exclusive access on board the HMCS Regina for 18 days while they were on a mission and we made a little video about his experience on board. It’s a pleasure working with him on this piece.

Read more about it here.

Edited by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine

My job often requires me to edit raw footages from other shooters, in this case someone’s YouTube footage, and find a story and make it look nice.

This video request came to me fairly late in the day and had to go on the website as soon as we could. I edited the piece fairly quickly with footages from YouTube and while trying to contact the owner for permission to use the footage. The shooter was affected by the tornado and we were unable to reach him. We thought of giving up and use other footages despite all the hard work and time put into this. Just when we were going to do another complete different video on the tornado story, the shooter called.

Edited by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine

I shot a piece for Canadian Business and we took a look at the process on how Sweets of the Earth, a company which ranked in the PROFIT 500 list, create a cupcake in their factory.

The piece ran on their iPad edition.

Videography and editing by Justin Chin/Canadian Business

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I photographed Kathleen Wynne a few days after she won the provincial elections when she spoke to Maclean’s Magazine.

You underestimate Kathleen Wynne at your peril. Since taking over as Ontario premier from Dalton McGuinty 16 months ago, she has rejuvenated a scandal-ridden Liberal government by making big promises and tacking hard to the left. On June 12, voters rewarded her activist vision with a majority that few pundits or pollsters saw coming. She spoke with Maclean’s about what lies ahead for the country’s biggest province.

"I never took anything for granted," Wynne said.

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Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, speaks to Maclean’s Magazine during an interview with Jonathon Gatehouse in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. 

Photo by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine

A skyline of Etobicoke and Mississauga is seen from the CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, June 8, 2014. 

Photo by Justin Chin

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I did a multimedia piece for Maclean’s on the 70th anniversary of D-Day and interviewed these two war veterans who landed on the beach on June 6th, 70 years ago. It was a pleasure listening to their stories. You can see the video here:

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http://www.macleans.ca/multimedia/video/video-remembering-d-day-70-years-later/

TOP: ETOBICOKE, Ont. (30/05/2014) — Dr. Ross Edgar Baker, 93, poses for a portrait after an interview about his experience as a Lance-Bombardier of the Royal Canadian Artillery during D-Day and World War Two with Maclean’s Magazine in Etobicoke, Ont. on Friday, May 30, 2014. D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of ‘Operation Overlord’, a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.

BOTTOM: ETOBICOKE, Ont. (30/05/2014) — Cyril Roach, 89, poses for a portrait after an interview about his experience as an engineer officer of the British Royal Navy during D-Day and World War Two with Maclean’s Magazine in Etobicoke, Ont. on Friday, May 30, 2014. D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of ‘Operation Overlord’, a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.

Photos by Justin Chin

People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)
People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  
(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)

People participate in the Jack Ride 2014 in Caledon, Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Around 500 cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels ride along different routes of 50, 100 and 125 kilometres to fund raise for youth mental health hosted by the Jack Project.  

(Photos by Justin Chin for the Jack Project)

National Day of Honour, a one-time event commemorating Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, in Ottawa on Friday, May 9, 2014.

See full gallery on Maclean’s here
(Photographs by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine)
National Day of Honour, a one-time event commemorating Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, in Ottawa on Friday, May 9, 2014.

See full gallery on Maclean’s here
(Photographs by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine)
National Day of Honour, a one-time event commemorating Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, in Ottawa on Friday, May 9, 2014.

See full gallery on Maclean’s here
(Photographs by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine)
National Day of Honour, a one-time event commemorating Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, in Ottawa on Friday, May 9, 2014.

See full gallery on Maclean’s here
(Photographs by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine)

National Day of Honour, a one-time event commemorating Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, in Ottawa on Friday, May 9, 2014.

See full gallery on Maclean’s here

(Photographs by Justin Chin for Maclean’s Magazine)

A student studies in a room at the Gates and Hillman Centre of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Photo by Justin Chin

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I recently travelled to Pittsburgh, PA with my father. He had a conference to attend and I had nothing to do. A friend directed me to go visit a building right across from the conference site at the University of Pittsburgh and said it’s the world’s second tallest university building and second tallest gothic-styled building — The Cathedral of Learning.

I walked in there not knowing what I was expecting and was amazed by the architecture. The 42-story tall Cathedral of Learning is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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People take the elevator to reach the upper floors of the Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

When I first stepped inside, I wasn’t expecting to see the four-story high, vaulted, gothic study and event hall at all. It’s just stunning to see people studying at such an amazing place. I thought Queen’s was pretty, but geez, this is a totally new level.

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Students study at the four-story high, vaulted, gothic study and event hall at the Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Inside the limestone building contains more than 2,000 rooms and windows. It’s just amazing. It’s full of students and tourists. Students were studying everywhere inside, whether it’s the hallways, or wherever.

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But within those 2,000 rooms, there were 29 Nationality Rooms which depicts and donated by the different ethnic groups that helped build the city of Pittsburgh.

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A student walks past a list of Nationality Rooms and the year in which they were dedicated to a certain ethnic group. Most recent rooms have cost around $500,000 and up to complete.

I wandered around the hallways and could only visit a few empty nationality rooms since classes were still going on in them and I do not wish to disturb them.

Here’s a selected few:

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The Chinese Room

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The Czechoslovak Room

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Adela Smehlik (L) of Buffalo, Spanish major, and Sarah Boorboor (R) of New Jersey, Political Science and Non Fiction Writing major, wait for their Art of the Essay class to start at the Hungarian room at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

All 29 of these Nationality Rooms were made to be functional classrooms and had blackboards installed some how. I spoke with a few students and they all have their own favourite rooms which they prefer to have their classes in.

Being in there made me excited and want to be in school again. If you have a chance to visit Pittsburgh, check out this building.

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Photos by Justin Chin

A woman walks on the Riverfront Trail in Windsor, Ont. against the Detroit skyline on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Photo by Justin Chin