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Checking back, I see it has been 3 months since my last post. That’s because my time has been split between my day job and getting ready to leave Hong Kong and move to Manila. (Here are the details on that in case you don’t read my other blog.) Actually pretty much the only photos I’ve shot over the past few months have been related to my house-hunting in Manila. I haven’t pulled out my Nikon D800 in so long, I wasn’t sure I remembered how to use it properly. But tonight, I did pull it out and shoot a show at The Wanch.
The show was called “Well Fuck You Cancer” and it was a benefit to raise money for Sue Shearman’s medical expenses. Sue is a singer in Hong Kong whom I’ve shot a couple of times and she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Here’s a shot of her I took a few years ago.
Sadly, Sue passed away just hours before the show was scheduled to start. The musicians all went ahead with the show as a tribute to her.
I wasn’t able to stay as long as I would have liked, but I did manage to catch 4 of the 15 scheduled bands (which also served to highlight the amazing diversity of Hong Kong’s indie music scene). Here are some shots.
Sushi Robot with guest Joul from Dr. Eggs (Joul was the organizer of the event):
Kestrels and Kites:
When I leave Hong Kong, one of my regrets will be that I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked at The Wanch in the past couple of years. I hope I can find a similar kind of music spot in Manila.
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.
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.
This year I joined the Cathay Camera Club. I attended a few meetings first to check it out and found a great group of people to hang out with every other Monday night. So I finally broke out the checkbook and joined just in time to be able to participate in their upcoming annual exhibition.
It starts this Friday night and runs through the weekend at the HK Cultural Centre. I’ll have 3 images on display and there will also be images from more than 20 other photographers. I think it’s going to be a great show – and it’s free! I’ll be there Friday night for the opening and also will be there late Saturday afternoon. Come check it out!
P.S. If you’re into photography as a hobby or student or semi-pro, this is a great place to meet like-minded people. Check out the web site and then come to one of our meetings, free, to see if it might be for you.