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Works in Progress

There’s just not enough time in the day (or the night).

I’ve been so busy with various things (not least of which is getting ready for a trip to London and Paris; I leave tomorrow) that it didn’t dawn on me today that I’ve never really finished going through my shots of Faye Wan. I picked one out for an upcoming exhibition but then never returned to the rest of the photos. So I’m doing that bit by bit.



Friends asked me to shoot their wedding. I’m not a wedding photographer by any means but I think I did a fairly respectable job of it.

Then I was hired to shoot a CD launch party, complete with live sets from three bands. That was a paid gig, so I had no excuse not to finish that one off quickly.


And earlier tonight we had a bit of fun at our studio, PASM Workshop.  It was supposed to be a competition amongst the partners, all shooting a model at the same time and seeing who would come away with the best shot – with the loser buying dinner. We never got to the competition bit, we just shot and then filled our bellies.  During the shoot I was asked why I stopped shooting so soon. Well, I knew I already had some good stuff and there’s only so many hours in the day (and night).



Now I don’t consider myself a commercial photographer. If I was, like my buddy Richard Chen, then I’d be looking at every detail and making the sorts of minor adjustments to skin tones and texture that only a trained eye would notice. I did try something different here though – bringing out the eyes a bit more. I also have to say that we have a great crew. With this model (Yumi), Harris and Victoria setting up the lights, Tim on hair and Ash doing make-up, it made my work easy – and fun.

As always, more to come.



The More I Look, The More I Change

A day later, I realized the top of the dress was a distraction. Here’s the latest iteration:



Ban The Mike Stand!

I think I want to start a petition to ban mike stands in Hong Kong.



One Photo, Many Variations



One problem I have with this photo is the glare over her eyebrow. I can’t fix it properly in Lightroom and I don’t know Photoshop well enough (yet) to be able to deal with it there. I’ve asked a friend to help me on the retouching.

In the meantime, one way to deal with that glare is to eliminate the eyes altogether – as beautiful as they are. I think this works quite well, though obviously a very different mood from the original.




Best of Spike?



In preparation for Scraped (link is to the Facebook event page), my upcoming group gallery show in Soho in February, the curator has put together this collage of my photos.  Not a bad selection, if I say so myself.