Written by Rhiannon Shepherd (@rhiannon.shepherd)

A quick look through his Instagram shows a life that most only dream about. Glistening with softly-lit sunsets, stunning beaches and the brightly hued creations of South Australia’s top chefs, you’d never guess that being a creative was part of the plan. Taught from a young age to study hard and get a good, stable job, he was always torn between climbing the corporate ladder or chasing his creative spirit. Delaying the decision, he decided to study both Architecture and Marketing straight out of high school. During those years of study, Duy worked part-time waiting tables, this was where his love for food and wine began.

Upon graduating he became increasingly invested in a promising career of sales and business management. Even to a point of gaining admission into post graduate business studies at Stanford University. However, that career was cut short when Duy’s creative drive grew to a point it could no longer be ignored. Despite his success, he resigned with little idea of what the future might hold.

What followed was nearly a two-year hiatus travelling throughout South-East Asia, exploring, tasting and photographing everything along the way. Duy’s Instagram account @duydash was only meant to be a humble visual journal of this adventure, but people instantly started taking notice. What started as a simple creative outlet began inspiring thousands all over the world, and soon became a springboard to Duy’s career as one of South Australia’s most sought after food and travel photographers.

Duy found his first big break as the local food photographer and writer for Clique Mag, the rebrand of Attitude Magazine, and quickly gained traction in Adelaide’s local foodie scene. Hitting the ground running, his work instantly attracted the interest of some of the world’s biggest brands with Time Magazine (NYC) and Canon Australia knocking on the door within the first month. In the next few months, he won a food photography competition hosted by Restaurant & Catering Australia with the winning image now adorning the walls of Parliament House in Canberra.

In the year that’s followed, he’s worked on projects with South Australian Tourism Commission, shot content with Sunshine Coast Tourism and has had more work published overseas with The Telegraph (London) and Global Traveler Magazine (NYC).

Written by Rhiannon Shepherd (@rhiannon.shepherd)

A quick look through his Instagram shows a life that most only dream about. Glistening with softly-lit sunsets, stunning beaches and the brightly hued creations of South Australia’s top chefs, you’d never guess that being a creative was part of the plan. Taught from a young age to study hard and get a good, stable job, he was always torn between climbing the corporate ladder or chasing his creative spirit. Delaying the decision, he decided to study both Architecture and Marketing straight out of high school. During those years of study, Duy worked part-time waiting tables, this was where his love for food and wine began.

Upon graduating he became increasingly invested in a promising career of sales and business management. Even to a point of gaining admission into post graduate business studies at Stanford University. However, that career was cut short when Duy’s creative drive grew to a point it could no longer be ignored. Despite his success, he resigned with little idea of what the future might hold.

What followed was nearly a two-year hiatus travelling throughout South-East Asia, exploring, tasting and photographing everything along the way. Duy’s Instagram account @duydash was only meant to be a humble visual journal of this adventure, but people instantly started taking notice. What started as a simple creative outlet began inspiring thousands all over the world, and soon became a springboard to Duy’s career as one of South Australia’s most sought after food and travel photographers.

Duy found his first big break as the local food photographer and writer for Clique Mag, the rebrand of Attitude Magazine, and quickly gained traction in Adelaide’s local foodie scene. Hitting the ground running, his work instantly attracted the interest of some of the world’s biggest brands with Time Magazine (NYC) and Canon Australia knocking on the door within the first month. In the next few months, he won a food photography competition hosted by Restaurant & Catering Australia with the winning image now adorning the walls of Parliament House in Canberra.

In the year that’s followed, he’s worked on projects with South Australian Tourism Commission, shot content with Sunshine Coast Tourism and has had more work published overseas with The Telegraph (London) and Global Traveler Magazine (NYC).