Getting away from Facebook

Looks like a busy couple of weeks for me, with four shoots lined up.
It’s always good to be busy, keep the edges sharp and the mind working,
not to mention the physical activity that comes along with not being
holed up in front of a screen—even though the last week was spent
nursing a cold that was unwelcome.

That said, I have made up my mind to drastically cut down my activity on Facebook. Given that my work doesn’t get much exposure there, what with people being sensitive about nudity, and those who aren’t don’t often show their support by keeping silent, it’s almost outliving its usefulness to me as a photographer. Then there are privacy concerns, especially since I’ve two kids now.

 I’ll still use it to keep in touch with people, and will still be accessible on Messenger, but I realised how much time I spent on it (entirely too much), having some time back for more productive things isn’t a bad thing. There’s always Tumblr where I post photos more regularly.

Who knew a three-day ban would help me wean myself off that accursed platform with its ambiguous and arbitrary “Community Standards”?

I even found the time to edit some photos. More to come, and hoping for a productive shoot in the afternoon with a model.

Short blog note

Half of 2016 has flew by and I still have a backlog of photos to process, galleries to update, and zines to print. It’s not entirely bad though, since I’m working at my own pace and making sure I work on photos I truly enjoy—and that never gets old. If anything, it’s a good reminder that my photography continues to be a great source of happiness.

More to come, but here’s one for the weekend.

Updating the website, bit by bit

I’ve been updating the galleries bit by bit and getting some feedback from folks I trust—it’s a slow process, and I’m glad it’s only needed every now and then (about 2 years or so is a good timeline)— and the Nudes gallery is probably the furthest along. Go ahead and have a gander, would love to hear what you lot think.

In the meantime, here’s one of Sara Scarlet from the first of our two shoots while she was in Singapore. Besides being a great person to work with, she’s also become a friend I appreciate, and I hope to be able to visit her in her neck of the woods soon. (Since the photo doesn’t expose anything it should be SFW.)

More to come soon, after I take a little breather outside of this country and up on a mountain.

[NSFW] Doing and sharing work is underrated

I’m busy with a week-long creative arts workshop this week, teaching bright-eyed and bushy-tailed students about photography. It’s pretty amazing to be in the same room with young people who are motivated, and even driven, soaking up every bit of knowledge I could send their way. I loved sharing my work, as well as showing them great photographs from great photographers—by way of photobooks—and seeing them soak in photography.

The energy level naturally waned after a long day, but there is an inexplicable satisfaction in seeing emails from them containing their initial edits come in long after their expected bedtime.

(I hope that last bit doesn’t get them into trouble.)

The workshop does not require my presence today, so I managed to meet up with a friend at my local coffeeshop, just catching up, exchanging stories, and of course, sharing work. He’s managed to radically change the direction of his work, and I have to say I was impressed with what he has been pushing himself to do. Also, congratulations on your album launch, Mingwei!

It’s a shame that a lot of photographers these days focus on things such as photo competitions (hah!), or how to achieve fame in the shortest time (double hah!), or even show their superiority by putting down other photographers. There is so much drama in the local photography scene that I’m glad I’m not that involved, even if I want to. I’m getting too old for this shit, and I’d rather be doing, and sharing, work. Isn’t that why we all get started in the first place? To explore our art, push our boundaries, working with others, and soaking in it all? 

I don’t have an answer. I can only keep on doing the work. And sharing them. So here you go, an art nude from a recent shoot with Ivory Flame. Not sure if it’ll go into the gallery, but it’s good enough (to me) to share. Have a gander.

More soon. Meanwhile, back to work.

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