Words and photos by Vina Cristobal
I met Jen May Pastores and Tim Mah during our Instagram meet last month, and after they acknowledged themselves as photographers, I wanted to learn more about them and how they became interested in photography. For some reason, I always hear the most interesting stories when I meet photographers, like when and how they began doing photography. So I got them together for a little interview and learned more about them than originally planned.
Although they have different styles of photography (Tim is more of a landscape photographer, while Jen May documents nature and people), Jen May and Tim share some similarities. Both are Hawaii-bred residents who have lived in California for years before moving back home; and they’ve invested in their craft at a young age.
For Jen May – primarily a film photographer, but dabbles in all types of photography – it all began when she was involved in a punk rock band during her time at Moanalua High School. At one of her shows, one of her friends had a film camera and asked Jen May to take photos of her while she played in her own band. After she and her friend started taking photos of each other, she became interested in photography.