"To me the world has never been more beautiful.
I am trying to paint the real world I live in,
as beautifully as I can with my own eyes."
Tom Truong was born in Vietnam of Chinese heritage, his family arriving in Australia in the late 1970's as refugees.
Tom's obsession with photography began when he was about 8 years old. Having saved up his hard earned pocket money to buy a plastic winded-up camera.
Mostly self taught up until the high school where he studied both Arts and Photography subjects, which lead him to complete the Higher School Certificate in the early 1990s' majoring in Photography and was one of the first submission using the 'digital medium'.
He learnt to photograph on film using 35mm and medium format and towards 2000 progressed into the digital medium. His extensive technical knowledge and interest in all manner of technologies and cameras which later lead into motion photography, where he received his Diploma in Screen and Media, majoring in Cinematography.
Tom likes to draw his inspiration from paintings, in particularly his favourite artist, the late Jeffrey Smart. Through Smart's painting Tom have learnt the relationship of composition, light, colour, scale and geometry.
Tom is never still, always in motion, constantly looking for things to shape into his image, creating form using perspective and composition in a cinematic way, developing emotions from palettes of rich colours and tones to make it more dramatic. Photographing in the way Jeffrey Smart would have painted his masterpiece.
Over the past 15 years Tom has worked in the industry professionally and previously had setup two studios in Sydney's Inner West and Western suburbs.
Today, Tom devotes his photography and film making, as Art form.