Sam Hon always had an affinity for the arts. From Chinese painting as a child, to graphic design in high school and college, Hon eventually settled down with photography, the field that most artistically inspired him. His background in graphic design and art, plays an important role in the images he creates.
“Optical Panecea was created when I did an image for Urijah Faber, and it was inspired by a story I saw in a youtube clip of him defending himself, when he was in Bali Indonesia, against it was a group of guys, maybe 10-15 guys.” The video inspired an idea for a photoshoot where Faber would be fighting himself. Taking photos from a variety of positions, Faber had no idea what the final product would look like. The final image delivered was a panoramic composite of Urijah in combat with himself. Blown away by the photo, Urijah approached Hon and said, “We’re starting a company.” Optical Panecea was formed under the collaboration of these two talents.
“Chael Sonnen is one of my favorite fighters, I mean, although he is a great fighter; I feel that he is an even better character. He has this charisma that you just can’t look away; you can’t stop listening to him. Whatever comes out of his mouth is just gold. And he is very political with whatever he says, or completely non political in what he says.” Inspired by his personality and characteristics, Hon envisioned a scene with Chael in a political debate against himself. Using the H4D, Hon was able to place Sonnen in the correct space each time. “I didn’t have time to set him up, mark the spot, come back, remark the spot, so I basically had to pick out where he was. Fortunately Hasselbad has the great big LED screen where you can clearly see the scenes where your subject is, so you can pick out a point whether he is three feet to the left, four feet to the right, and it’s easy to see it. You can gage it very easily… I would have him punch and I would be able to see where his hand would line up to the background, from there I could just have him reposition right in front of me, and I am looking at that big LED screen and I have him move into place. From there I can just reset the camera and take the picture.” This led to minimal photoshop work in post production.
See more of Sam Hon’s work at: http://www.opticalpanacea.com/