Thursday, May 31, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Yet another photo w/the Musee d'Orsay scarf from the tired photo session w/R, this one the schoolmarmish version.
Last day at work, and last day of the week too. Signing off for the weekend.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Well, I guess it had to happen, but it was sooner than anticipated. My contract was ambiguous at best, it had no definitive end, it was only "until we have no more work", so the news shocked me more than I'd expected.
There's no more work at my only steady job! Not for the summer, anyway, and I'm not sure I like it enough to fit it into my [hopefully overburdened with fascinating - and paid - activities by then] schedule in the fall. It's a kick in the [whatever] to get more work, fast. The timing could be better, though. R. hasn't worked in nearly two months, and there's no job in sight for him yet. It's harder for him though, as he's looking for a job that'll give him a visa.
Anyway, R. took photos of me the other day for a press release. In addition to my first really un-glamorous cold sore ever, I'd barely slept the night before, and it shows. And it also shows I no longer have those razor-sharp cheekbones/shoulder blades/whatever I had in Cambodia, thanks to the chronic interesting digestive experiences from street/restaurant food there. Still I like this photo because it sums me up, whether I'm arguing with my husband or my computer: determined to the point of looking slightly ridiculous.
One reason I decided not to use this photo when sending it out was it simply looks too much like what HK-ers think of as being your "typical Lamma hippie", headscarf and all. I printed the headwrap in Cambodia last year with water lily flowers bought at the wettest market in town.
The silk dress I found at an export shop in Hong Kong - it cost just over US$1 - then I printed it with tiny (uncooked) alphabet pasta. You can see the little letters spread across the fabric.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The HK Mural Society has a brand new website - and a brand new board member! Yep, that'd be me. And it's my job to do publicity and related photography, too. I'm very happy to become a more long-term part of this project. It's an organization that encapsulates everything I believe in about making art: it's made by and for the very same community that will live with it. Pictures that have gone through this communal artmaking process - it can be a baptism by fire in some communities around the world - are the antithesis of academic/commercial art products that can feel irrelevant to many people. They say what words often can't, and reach those who can't be reached in other ways.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Well, slaving over word-count while salivating at Lamma resturants was hard work, but someone's got to do it.
For once, taking the photos was harder than writing, as I've only got a zoom lens these days - for some reason my 55mm lens didn't make it out of Cambodia! I had to get plenty of distance for many of the restaurant shots - a tough undertaking with narrow village streets.
The dramatic cover photo wasn't taken by me, but suits the type/layout well. The article's text is available online here.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Here are some vivid colors from the Tin Hau festival last week:
Tin Hau closeup
Playing around with depth of field is one of my favorite pastimes through the lens. It's a lot like painting, where rather than bringing out every element to its full potential, you've got to play the editor and select areas for the viewer's eyes to focus on.
Monday, May 14, 2007
More photos from the Tin Hau festival last week. This guy just walked into the frame as I hit the shutter. I love when that happens.
Apparently I need to calibrate our computer monitor, or something. My photos look much darker on the screen at home than they do elsewhere.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Here's a pair of guys who carried one of the Tin Hau effigies into the village. It reminded me of the Italian festivals I'd see in NoLiTa in NYC. But louder, with the dragon-dancers and clashing cymbals.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
The double happiness symbol can be found all over the place in Hong Kong, a good idea in a place where the pace can strain relationships. I got us these keyrings before Valentine's day; we each carry around half of the symbol.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
I printed this onto a rose silk blouse last week, a tea strainer (again) sprinkled with medicinal flower tea. You can see the silhouettes of the camomile and lavender flowers.
Some days I can't believe how twee these tea prints are, but at the moment I'm experimenting with different fabrics and exposure times, using whatever I find around the house.
Next week: double happiness and entwined circles.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
By the way, all this fabric I'm printing on was originally clothes - but the clothes have never been worn. They're brand new, bought at export stores from around Hong Kong.