I’m sorry I haven’t been updating as much as I’d like. Life got in the way, and photographing subjects just isn’t as easy as it used to be. I yearn to get out there and do more. I am hopeful for 2013 and what treasures it will bring, and I will concentrate on my photography more. I’m going to go through my archives and see what I would like to share in the upcoming days/weeks.
Until then, Happy Holidays to you all and I look forward to all your creative works.
Those who know me know that I simply adore plastic toy cameras. It’s been hard to use my holga a lot given that Shenzhen decides to be horribly overcast whenever I load some film in and want to go for a walk. sigh. I’m digging through archives today and for the life of me cannot remember going around here with a plastic lens nor any photographic evidence I did. It makes me a little concerned, since most places I’ve lived in I’ve at least taken at least a shot. Ok, maybe I lie, I do have about half a roll on my lovely plastic robot camera, but that doesn’t count because that roll has been in there for about 6-7 months and I haven’t even bothered to finish it/develop the damn roll. I’m giving myself a goal for this year to shoot at least a roll on my holga.
Here are some shots I’ve taken over the last two years or so that I really like. Who says you need expensive cameras to have fun with photos!
One of my favourite things to do is take photos of people. Mostly strangers though. I take photos of friends, sure, but not as often as people think. My favourite subject these days is my wonderful husband of course, but he tends to be a bit camera shy (god only knows, as I’ve seen him in tons of silly pics in his youth). He claims he’s not good in photos, and ever since I met him I’ve been trying to convince him otherwise. I’m a bit jealous of my other photographer friends who have spouses/significant others who are more willing to be in front of the camera. But still, I nag him once in a while to let me take photos of him, and sneak in some whenever possible. I was browsing through my photo collection and found that I have indeed a decent amount of photos of him. I’m posting these here to prove that he is indeed photogenic!
This past Sunday, I went to the OCT Art and Design Gallery (Not to be confused with the OCAT Art Terminal!) to check out the Hidden Japan photography exhibit by Kijuro Yahagi. It is a collection of black and white images that show places not usually visited. According to the description I read, he likes to look at the contrasts between the cities and rural areas in Japan.
This is the first time I’ve been to this venue, and what was great about it was that it was easy to find. The building itself was nice.
As for the images, I liked half and half. I really enjoyed most of the images that had a design element to it, such as his image of the celery fields shot in an abstract way to look like stairs. It is apparent that he is also involved as in a designer. The other images that apply this element are his strongest images. I get the sense that he really loves these rural areas and translates the beauty through visual composition. Unfortunately, his images of the city weren’t as impressive. There is not design element there, and as my hubby says, the images would look better in colour.
Still I am glad I got to go. It was better than sitting at home or, like most people, nursing their hangovers after a late night.
We went to the OCT Loft art market and had a lovely lunch at Idutang (service still sucks there, but the food was good). It was a good way to spend a nice Sunday afternoon. I am going to try to do something like this more often.