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People A Spotlight on Kayla Wong

A Spotlight on Kayla Wong

Kayla Wong
Photo: Stephanie Teng for Tatler Hong Kong
By Tatler Hong Kong
December 18, 2020
Tatler+ Dyson
In partnership with Dyson, Tatler Hong Kong shines a light on the creative entrepreneur and photographer, who talks about nostalgia, inspiration and daily routines

Kayla Wong is the founder of the ethical clothing label Basics For Basics and a self-taught photographer, whose project Casa of Love is helping to shine a spotlight on LGBT relationships from a female-centric perspective through a series of intimate portraits of lesbian couples in bed. She’s a multi-hyphenate creative using her platform to change the world little by little.

Here she talks about thriving off warm tones and comfortable spaces, what she’s learnt in 2020, and asks Dyson’s engineers how to create the perfect work vibe with their Lightcycle Morph™.

When did you start taking photographs?

In high school. I would have the camera with me all the time and I would edit photos right after events—I would take tons of photos of my friends and post them on Facebook. I love looking through those albums of graduation, picnics and photos from school. I think my style is still very much the same, I take photographs of people more than anything else. I like capturing emotion and the very natural. I'm not a professional photographer but I like capturing how people react in certain moments of time.

What are you constantly looking out for?

I like playing with light and shadows, so I really enjoy taking photos of the sun setting and there's a certain shadow in my house. Or the plants reflecting a certain way or my dogs would come across this little light streak on the floor. Those are the little glimpses that I like to capture, where in a minute that moment is gone.

See also: Kayla Wong And Elaine Chen-Fernandez Encourage Equality Through Love And Legacy

Photo: Stephanie Teng for Tatler Hong Kong
Photo: Stephanie Teng for Tatler Hong Kong

You've talked about how important light is for you in your shots. Is there a particular time of day that you love?

Sunset for sure, because I really like warm tones. I don't like harsh light. I'm not really a morning person, I think if I were, sunrise is also really beautiful. The period when the sun sets is so short, it's literally like 20 or 30 minutes, and it goes back to the idea of capturing the most beautiful picture just within that time frame.

Light has the capacity to create an atmosphere, how would you describe the one you create in your office space?

I like a bright light when I’m editing photos or when I’m working on a new design for Basics For Basics, so I always opt for a more powerful spotlight. But in the evenings, the keyword is cosy. Me and Elaine, my partner, we're very much homebodies. She likes to call herself the master of comfort, so we thrive on creating like a very comfortable space. I think that's kind of the vibe. 

Photo: Stephanie Teng for Tatler Hong Kong
Photo: Stephanie Teng for Tatler Hong Kong

Tell me about your daily routine. What is the most important moment in your day and how do you stay grounded?

I wake up in the morning—not that early I just need to get myself going—then I check my emails and look through social media. I've been spending a lot of time at home because of Covid-19, but usually I change up my routine. I like doing yoga at sunset time and at night I come up with ideas or brainstorm stuff with my girlfriend. We take the dogs out for a walk, a hike or to Cyberport for a run.

How do you balance being entrepreneurial and creative?

I'm more of a creative person than entrepreneurial. I'm not really good at numbers, so everything on that side I've really had to push myself to learn and to be diligent about. I think, for a while, I lost sight of what was more important to me and that was the creative side of it. This past year, 2020, I've actually taken some time off and I was able to refocus myself. I think I gained so much more as a person, I was able to slow down, spend more time with my family and remember what values are most important to me.

Speaking of lessons, do you have any words to live by?

Yes, I have it tattooed on my arm: 'have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires.'

Photo: Stephanie Teng for Tatler Hong Kong
Photo: Stephanie Teng for Tatler Hong Kong

Kayla Wong asks Dyson’s engineers about their Lifecycle Morph™ to uncover its unique capabilities that help creative entrepreneurs best tap into their potential, while working from home.

What’s special about the Dyson Lightcycle Morph, and how will it help me work most efficiently?

Inspired by natural light, the Dyson Lightcycle Morph™ has unique local daylight tracking and delivers light throughout a room in four different formats—as an indirect, task, feature or ambient light—to suit the varied scenarios applicable to an entrepreneur. For those in creative fields, the Lightcycle Morph has a high colour rendering index which is great for applications such as photography, retail display and other creative work done indoors.

Can you tell me about the science behind the Dyson Lightcycle. How does the technology simulate natural daylight and reduce eyestrain?

Most artificial lighting is not optimised and people may end up getting exposed to the wrong type of light at the wrong time. We know that the changing of spectral profile and brightness over the day as part of a 24-hour light dark cycle is what we’ve evolved under for millions of years. Our bodies are uniquely adapted to it so the ideal, both in terms of health and performance, is to be as close to this natural cycle as possible. Getting this right means minimising any potential health disruption linked to artificial light while engineering a product that supports your lifestyle.

Unlike static lights that deliver the same light throughout the day and night, the Dyson Lightcycle Morph™ light uses a unique time, date and GPS-driven algorithm to calculate temperature and brightness of daylight, anywhere in the world. The in-built algorithm adjusts the light every 60 seconds, in relation to daylight exactly where you live.

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Works from Kayla Wong's Casa of Love series
Works from Kayla Wong's Casa of Love series
Works from Kayla Wong's Casa of Love series
 
  • Hair Wendy Lee
  • Make-Up Wendy Lee

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