Teatime at The Wolseley

Been mad busy since I arrived in London. Location and model changes being made over and over and over. Sigh.

Managed to spend the afternoon with Heeseung at The Wolseley today though. Cheered me up so much. Man the scones, the clotted cream. The clotted cream!! I could've eaten a whole jar plain if you gave me one.

The place was so pretty too. Black and gold perfection.

Lara.

RIP McQueen.

Managed to get together with the super gorgeous and talented Lara Jade during my short stay in London last October.

I personally don't like being in front of the camera for people and I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way. I guess it's because we're photographers, that we tend to get pretty conscious about how we'd be portrayed by somebody else.

It was really flattering for me when Lara agreed to pose for me, and in the usual bleakly cold weather I so like to torture my models in no less.

I'm sorry for the pain I put you through, thank you dear for putting up with me, and also to Skye who came by to assist. It was fun hanging out with you girls. <3

For those who're curious, Lara did take some photographs of me too, but seems like the files got lost before she had a chance to back them up. (The funny thing is this exact thing happened when I shot with seafairy a few years ago too, haha) So... I guess next time, if there's another opportunity for us to meet again. ^^;

P.S.: My L.A. meetup will be at the Griffith Observatory next Saturday the 20th. I'm doing it right before the CGHUB meetup, those who wanna hang around are welcomed to. More info later~

Master Photography Awards 2009

I won the title of Overseas Master Photographer of the Year at the Master Photography Awards 2009, held last night at Hilton in Newcastle, UK.

We did a short interview with BBC briefly after the awards dinner, at which point I was so overwhelmed my brain fried and refused to function. If you do actually happen upon it when it's out (I don't know when, and people somehow always find out about these things before I do), please forgive me for sounding too dumb lol. *headdesks*

Will update with more photos later. Just got back to New York today. I ought to start packing for tomorrow's flight to LA, but my body hurts from all the plane and train rides so bad I don't wanna move. ._.

Hope everyone's had a good weekend too~ <3 PS: Meetup for New York will be this Sunday 3-6pm, 18th Oct. On 7th Ave and W 58th St. Pretty near Central Park~ More info here.

Holly.


I thought it's high time I made an attempt to update. At least to rid of the angst from being the first thing that greets you on this page.

The above is from my new postcard book which will be available for sale at the Singapore Toy & Comic Con next weekend (along with noah's). Model is Holly aka Ivory Flame. We're still finalizing some details, but the FA will go out tomorrow~

Events from the past week haven't been the most pleasant one can yearn for. But that nasty things and events always needing to crowd together because they're too afraid to confront someone on their own, just makes me reassure myself even more that when I overcome it all, I emerge stronger and happier.

Had a wonderful shoot with Margaret again last Friday. We had a 6am call-time which turned out to be absolutely worthy. For now I'll just try not to think about the pain of DI, and leave it for later...

At the moment I find myself finally reaching the end of Guy de Maupassant's short stories.

I'm so happy I feel like I deserve a good meal for the celebration.

Too realistic and satirized. I had to read ten fairytales for every one of his stories just to compensate for the ever-increasing angst I developed towards the world.

The only reason I put myself through the torture was because he's the first author I picked up as a child.

Weird. Yeah. I know.

Anyway, book-rant aside, I'm really looking forward to this month.

It's going to be maddeningly busy, but some of my favourite shoots from June/July are coming out so I can't wait~

Over the weekend I met up with a friend who is back in Singapore for his holidays, and marveled at the differences between a man of science and a man woman of art.

Well, our train of thoughts anyway.

The conversations were filled with so much science, experiments, illogicality of humans, and reality, that somehow I couldn't help but 感叹 a couple times that —— 做人好难.

Please do pardon the completely random Chinese, I just don't know how to explain it. I'd actually asked for suggestions on Twitter, but everyone who understood agreed that it's kinda hard to put across in English.

That's it for now, I ought to start packing for my trip tomorrow. (Yes, it's Tokyo, again)

If you're too bored, feel free to read through my Ask me anything and I'll answer post on deviantART. You'd need to be logged in to see my replies respective to each question though. ^^;

Backlog photos and stuff

Man. Lugging 2 lights+stands+17"MBP+1Ds MIII around in this weather, alone, is no freaking joke.

So tired my whole body aches so bad.

Thus, instead of heading down to Harajuku on a seemingly gorgeous Saturday, I'm gonna stay at home and emo, so I can rest up enough and repeat the above routine for tomorrow's shoot.

Cuz I'd been updating more on twitter than blogging, here's a random a mix of things from the past few months I'd been meaning to blog about. The pile is ever-growing but here's a start nonetheless.

Wacom Intuos4. Brand new from this trip.

This thing's so freaking gorgeous I wanna put it on display. Like, serously.

The one I'd been using for the past years had been a 9x12 which is just waaaaay too huge to carry around for travel. This new one's medium-sized and is so much easier to bring around. Now I can bring it on shoots to do quick demos on the spot for clients and my team. Yayness. Thou I'd still prefer the 9x12 for long-period usage since it's better for my wrist.

Post-shoot snap with Kokusyoku Sumire in their beautifully decorated cafe, stolen from their blog here.

I super love the figurines in the background. They're made by another Japanese artist who doesn't sell them anymore. /emo

This shoot was for Gothic Lolita Bible Aug issue (I think)

Okay, moving on to end Apr/early May photos:

With my lovely assistant Abby in Kyoto

With Kagetsuki at the Ghibli Museum.

Also, if I may, plug her new awesome fashion blog with Dawn - Monoxious.

More from the Ghibli Museum and cafe~

My X Japan concert guest pass. Shiny stuff *_*

Goban used in The Go Master movie filming. The go-kes here weren't inside, they're just in collection of the person I visited, designed personally by Honinbo Shuei.

Shuei

Ninja Jingna making okonomiyaki in awesome Junya coat. Chris looking very very skinny...

And Gullimer's (sp?) Village for Young People, with nary a soul in sight. With Rick, Chris, and Abby who's cropped off because my self-portrait skills aren't awesome enough. ;_;

Birthday dinner

Paris:

From my meetup~ That huge white book is my portfolio. XD

Gorgeous new Givenchy jacket

Awesome old mag store on rue de Temple

Not forgetting the inevitable stuff that break our banks...

There're a lot of other epicness, recorded in my iPhone, and all lost along with it during the Paris trip. T_T Oh well~ at least I have this:

Awesome food on Singapore Airlines. Hahahha.

Last but not least, a polaroid with Ivory Flame after the Lilith shoot. She's really really super stunning to photograph~

Sorry for the seemingly outdated/bland stuff. I'm working on trying to finding something interesting to blog about but being so busy everything seems like they'd just be too boring for a read. I'm so sorry!! T_T

Heading to Jakarta on Monday!!