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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.





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.



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



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.



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.






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


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.



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




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.





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.



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.



Model Shoot in Kwun Tong

Two photo shoots this weekend.  Here are shots from the second, models Wilson Cool and Larisa V. shot at a studio in Kwun Tong.


Both of these models were incredibly professional and really fun to work with.


Mongolian Booth Babes

I apologize if the heading of this post is a bit disrespectful but it’s the only one that seems to fit.  Last week I shot my first corporate event, the Mongolia Investment Summit.  Two days wearing a suit, on my feet 9 hours per day, shooting speakers, panels and the exhibition floor.  I learned more about Mongolia than I ever expected to learn in a lifetime, most of it serious but not all of it.  (One speaker informed us that Mongolia has four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction.)

You’d think that a conference of this nature would be on the dry side (and you wouldn’t be entirely wrong).  However, even a serious event like this managed to throw in a little sex appeal.  On the first day, there were four Mongolian models in traditional outfits.

It’s probably worth noting that each of these women stood around 6 feet tall (in heels).  I was unable to get a shot of all four together because none of them seemed to speak very much English.

The booth for Mongolian Properties wasn’t too shabby either.

Here’s the reporter from Bloomberg TV Mongolia.  Her name is Delgermaa Munkhbat.

All in all, not a bad way to spend a couple of days.



Emily Soto Workshop In Hong Kong

This past weekend, PASM Workshop hosted a 2 day seminar on fashion led by renowned U.S. fashion photographer Emily Soto.  Emily has risen to fame rapidly in the US and for everyone who attended it was a chance to learn more about her unique style as well as get some tips on advancing one’s career.  For me, it was a chance to meet and hang out with Emily and her husband Vic Soto, a 3D artist.  We did a welcome dinner for them in Lan Kwai Fong, a “meet and greet” party for all of the workshop attendees in Tsim Sha Tsui and celebrated the completion of the workshop with a big seafood dinner in Sai Kung.  Here are several photos from the past week.

Emily also found time to do two photo shoots in Hong Kong, including one at PASM the day after the workshop was over, with model Phuong Rouzaire, one of the two models at the workshop.

A great time was truly had by all and we can’t wait for Emily and Vic to return to Hong Kong.