Category Archives: Event Photography

My Best of 2014

The numbers aren’t good. If we’re talking sheer quantity, in 2012 I shot 18,455 photos, 12,031 in 2013 and just 7,228 in 2014. I put the blame on a full time job, a really long daily commute and a few personal issues – not the least of which was fracturing an ankle and doing major damage to an elbow in a fall in September. All of this added up to shooting far less than I would have liked. Also 2014 was the year in which I totally walked away from trying to do any kind of street photography – I just saw so many horrendously bad examples of street photos on various groups on Facebook that it left a sour taste in my mouth.

Even so, I did come away from the year having shot a few fun events and having some images I quite like. So here’s my year in photography.

In January the band Operator had a CD launch party at Backstage in Central. They were supported by Bank Job and The Sleeves.

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Also in January I had a chance to shoot with Hong Kong model Yumi at PASM. Recently she seems to be having some success as a DJ.

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In February one of my photos of Hong Kong singer Faye Wan was displayed in a photo exhibition in Soho.

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I had this idea for a year-long photo project, Hong Kong Women With Tattoos – or Hong Kong Ink, perhaps? It ended up being far more time consuming than I had expected and I was also having trouble finding women with larger tattoos to model for me. I shot Hui in March and this was a fun shoot.

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At the end of March, there was a festival of local bands called Friday Night Rocks timed to coincide with the annual Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.This show featured a large variety of terrific Hong Kong bands along with one band from Korea. Below – Hey Joe Trio, Shotgun Politics, Galaxy Express (2), Dr. Eggs.

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In April, also for my tattoo project, I shot Ines in the studio. A strong woman with a great story.

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Also in April, guitar great Robben Ford played a show in Shatin and I was able to get a “three songs, no flash” pass for that.

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At the end of August, I attended Hong Kong’s 2nd International Tattoo Convention.

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Just last week, I shot some of the bands appearing at the Wanch at a memorial concert for Hong Kong singer/songwriter Sue Shearman. Sue died from cancer at a crazy young age and the evening was called Well Fuck You Cancer and once again highlighted the amazing diversity of the independent music scene in Hong Kong. Below – Dark Himaya (2), Kestrels and Kites.

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So there you have it. I’m hoping that my move to Manila in 2015 will provide more opportunities for shooting. I won’t have a studio affiliation there as I do in Hong Kong but I’m hoping to meet many of the local photographers and to find some clubs that present some unique local bands.

 

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2nd International Hong Kong Tattoo Convention 2014

 

 

 

 

 

I was traveling last year when Hong Kong’s first tattoo convention was held. Fortunately I was home this year for the 2nd International Hong Kong Tattoo Convention 2014 and wasn’t going to miss it. Here’s some shots from the show, a whole lot more can be found on the  gallery page for the event.

 

 

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New Gallery Page – Friday Night Rocks

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a new Gallery page here. It’s also been a long time since I’ve shot an event like this one. Friday Night Rocks featured 8 local HK indie bands and 1 Korean band – all outdoors at the New Central Harbourfront, as part of the HK Fanzone activities for this years Hong Kong Rugby 7’s.  It was also the first in a series of events celebrating Underground’s 10th anniversary.

Hong Kong bands included Helter Skelter, Hey Joe Trio, Noughts and Exes, Shotgun Politics, Bamboo Star, ToNick, Dr. Eggs and Supper Moment. The Korean band was the amazing Galaxy Express.

The gallery page is here, with more than 80 photos from the evening.  Here’s a few of my absolute favorite shots from the night:

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

 

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I Love To Shoot

One of the ways I know how much photography means to me …

Last night I was booked to shoot the launch party for HK indie band Operator‘s new CD, Observatory Road.  Three bands, crappy lighting, sold out venue (which meant I had little room to move around).  I didn’t get home until after 1 AM and I was exhausted.

Even so, I could not go to bed without first importing my photos into Lightroom and doing a quick check on what I got.

Ben Robinson, Operator

Ben Robinson, Operator

I shot 925 photos in 3 hours and on first past 282 of them I rate “okay” which means I’ve got a lot left to do …

 

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