It has been 20 years, and other assorted thoughts

As of last Saturday, I’ve been with Karen for 20 years, and we’ve been married for 10 of those years.It sounds like a pretty long time, but an old friend once reminded me just before I got married, it’s not that long when one is planning for a lifetime together. And he’s right. So here’s the obligatory photo of my lovely wife, taken last year.

Random thought 1: An art nude photo that got (I assume) some bored teenager all angsty over at Google+ is now my most popular Tumblr post with 115 notes. I now have a mild inkling of an idea how the photographers feel when their work is blogged by MPD. Also, thanks Roarie :) The photo probably got that many notes because of you.

Random thought 2: I love photos, and I love competition (just ask my friends). However, “photo competition” makes no sense to me. Photography is one of the few things where I don’t feel the need to compete simply because it shouldn’t feel like it to me. I intend to keep it that way.

Random thought 3: I’d really love to work with a local full-time model and shoot art nudes, and there are quite a few reasons for it. I wonder if that’ll change any time soon, but I’m not counting on it. If anyone knows anyone, let me know, eh?

Random thought 4: This Instax thing is more fun than I thought.

Random thought 5: “Instead of bashing what you hate, promote what you love.” That’s something I need to constantly remind myself of. Especially when a sense of aesthetics seem to completely elude most people.

Random thought 6: Geez, I’m really judgmental. Must be the age.

I’ll end on a happy note, for me at least.


[NSFW] Update: Art Nude Workshop with Sara and Riona

My profound thanks to those of you who signed up! For those of you still mulling it over, there is only one spot remaining for the workshop. For more details, see this post; the early sign-up discount is valid till end of February 2015. In the meantime, here’s another photo of Sara from our shoot in Paris more than a year ago.


[NSFW] Sometimes it does not take too much planning

It just takes good timing, and two persons who want to work together.

I’m not a person who enjoys holiday seasons, especially major ones. I tend to get cranky at having to fulfill certain obligations and showing face time to people I’m not particularly keen on sharing any of my time with. Don’t even get me started on the non-stop barrage of annoying songs that are played everywhere.

So when Roarie told me she was available on the first day of this Chinese New Year, a day before, we quickly made plans to shoot. It was the first time we worked together, but it was an absolute blast. During the shoot we were talking about food, sharing stories, and even managed to get some pretty good photos. Like this one.

I’ve still got 5 rolls of medium format film and 2 rolls of 35mm film to process, and we should get plenty more from there. Best way to spend the first day of a draining holiday season. I’m sure we’ll get to shoot again, hopefully soon!


[NSFW] April 26th 2015 — Art Nude Workshop with Sara and Riona

I will be conducting an art nude photography workshop with two experienced and great models, Sara Scarlet and Riona Noire on Sunday, April 26th, 2015, from 10am to 2pm.
Art Nude Workshop with Sara and Riona
Date: April 26th, 2015 (Sunday)
Venue: The Pond studio, 153 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427881
Time: 10am to 2pm
Fee: $300/person

The 4-hour workshop will be held at The Pond studio, owned by my friend, the supremely talented artist Tan Ngiap Heng, and used extensively for his beautiful dance photographs. It’s a great space for photography, conducive to learning, and easily accessible.

To give every participant enough time for guidance and with Sara and Riona, the workshop will only be open to 4 participants, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The price per person is S$300, but if you sign up for the workshop before end of February, the fee is S$270 per person. (Update: Early sign-up has ended.)

Both Sara and Riona are experienced models hailing from Belgium; I worked with Sara while I was in Paris and came away with some beautiful photos. Her stature and versatility shows in her work. Riona also brings her aesthetics and form, honed by her work as a fashion designer, to the fore in her shoots.

Contact me via email at callan@callantham.org for bookings and more information. Participants must pay full fees upfront to secure their spot; payment details will be provided via email. Help spread the word, and hope to see you there on April 26th.


Relevant reads

Just wanted to share two articles today.

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) commissioned a study “to help us understand what people value in journalistic photography”, and the results shouldn’t be surprising to any photographer.
For those who wish to learn nude photography (and really, who doesn’t?), here’s an article by experienced model, Ella Rose, that will be a useful primer. It’s great having a model write this, and most of the points are what I teach and reinforce at my workshops (I’m planning one as I type this). It applies to any sort of photography that involves models.
And here’s an old snapshot I took about 3 years ago, back when I still had my M6. Just thought I’d plonk it in here. On a similarly unrelated note, I’m beginning to find that blogging on Format is an experience that is…lacking. The feature still feels like an afterthought, and for sharing photos, nothing really beats Tumblr. It’s useful for news and updates, but the conspicuous lack of an RSS feed means it is incomplete.

Which means I’ve come to the conclusion that this will be used just for updates, not so much for sharing my snapshots and personal projects-in-progress. You can go to my Tumblr for that. There will still be photos and other posts here, but more sporadic, at least until Format improves the blog feature.

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