Tokyo

Nikko Toshogu

I spent a week in Tokyo, catching up with best friends from the time I was working in Singapore. Unfortunately, as with many people in Japan right now, I got a hit from some kind of virus and was bed bound for a full day but the rest of the week was great. Photos are on my travel blog. Do check it out.

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VITS – Season’s Greeting

VITS Season's Greeting
VITS Season’s Greeting

After photographing their new office opening and the Christmas function, I received an email. Season’s greeting to all their staff and their translators/interpretors (many of whom I had a pleasure to photograph during the function). They’d finished up the image by adding a background image showing the logo and the name properly. Does it look good!

Thank you for using my services, VITS!

Happy holidays!

Season’s greeting

Sunrise Thursday 11 October 2012

Thank you for your support throughout the year of 2012. Your Like’s, comments, emails and encouragements have helped me progress in my art and business of photography.

With only one more corporate profile photo shoot session and one or two more evenings of street shooting, I’ll wrap up this year’s work.

My trusted partner will be brought back to Mr Fukuda at Higasa Camera Services, Canon authorised repair/service specialist in Osaka who have been my home doctor, for some proper professional TLC – clean up, check up optical accuracies and tune up the metering back towards my liking. Hopefully it will come back in a happier form and help me capture great smile of yours in 2013.

I wish you all a safe, warm and happy holiday season. As the book title goes – Eat, Pray, Love. Allow yourself to be extremely happy in life. This is the final, not qualify – we live the present, not tomorrow. See you in 2013. 🙂

-YT

Haru-chan

Haru-chan 2 December 2012

Family/baby candid portrait is also something I really enjoy doing for my clients. I had a chance to photograph this beautiful girl for the second time, for good friends of mine. Last time, Haru-chan was crying every time daddy came to pick her up. But it seems his effort has finally paid off and now she is daddy’s little princess!

Haru-chan 2 December 2012

Shhhh… now she’s fallen asleep. How pretty is her soft skin glow in the soft light from the window…

Haru-chan 2 December 2012

Haru-chan 2 December 2012

What a beautiful family. Thank you, Kuni and Tin, for allowing me to photograph you with your beautiful daughter!

 

Oh, one last photo, while we’ve got Haru-chan…

Haru-chan 2 December 2012

Thank you for being nice to Uncle YT, too, Haru-chan! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Down to the beach – Great Ocean Road

Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road Trip 08-09 December 2012
Apollo Bay

Away from the serious work and art photography, I picked up friends in the car and went down to the beach. It was a beautiful weekend, with lots of walks and snaps with friends. Scenery was also sensational.

Sunset, Saturday, on the way back from the 12 Apostles to Apollo Bay
Sunset at Great Otway, or somewhere between the Twelve Apostles and Apollo Bay…

The 12 Apostles
Golden landscape – The Twelve Apostles

VITS New Office Opening Event

2012-11-22 VITS new office

I don’t just photograph artists and shadows in reflection. I photograph events and family as well. Did I tell you that? Well, here are a few snaps from the recent assignments. VITS: Victoria Interpreting & Translating Service has asked me to photograph their new office opening event.

With kind permission of VITS, I’d like to share a few images. Please note that copyright belongs to the photographer. You may not link, reproduce or save any of the images without express written consent of the photographer as well as VITS.

VITS provides the interpretation and translation support for the multicultural community of Victoria, supported by a large group of professional interpreters and translators. Their new office is a brightly lit comfortable working environment, from which the team provides a quality service.

2012-11-22 VITS new office
The speech

2012-11-22 VITS new office
The audience

2012-11-22 VITS new office
The guests

2012-11-22 VITS new office
The venue

2012-11-22 VITS new office
Yuval, the Musician

2012-11-22 VITS new office
Smiling catering team

2012-11-22 VITS new office
and the team photo!

VITS has also kindly contracted me on photographing their Christmas function, management team profile photograph shoot, and season’s greeting team photo on another occasion. Thank you for using my service. I look forward to working with you again!

VITS website: http://www.vits.com.au/

Splash Baron at TEDx Melbourne Women

street artists

Friends who have been following my Facebook page or this blog know this guy by now. This is ‘Splash Baron’ (Facebook page here), or HungWei Chen as known to his friends. He is a Taiwanese performing artist making living on the donation from his audience in public space such as Swanston Street in Melbourne where he often shows up with his bucket and brush.

Recently he was invited to perform at the TED spin-off event, ‘TEDx’ in Melbourne (TEDx Melbourne Women – Facebook page here). When he asked me about it, we talked a bit about what TED stands for, and what opportunity it may bring to him as an artist with such talent but could really use wider audience. He brought his friend Bee to assist/paint with him, and I came along as a support driver and photographer, well, more to give him a moral support.

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

He was unsure about this. First, the weather forecast did not look to be in his favour. He is a water painter who works on the pavement out there. He cannot create when it rains. When it rains, he sits and contemplates. He studies sample pictures, coins, notes, anything, to come up with ideas. But he cannot paint. And the forecast was for a rain. Unlike him, I am not one to believe in God, but I did wish for this force of universe to help him, grant him a couple of hours of sunshine. Turned out, it was a hot lunch time, so hot that the first part started to dry up before he finished a single painting. Thanks for listening to our wishes!

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

He had more concerns. His painting requires a specific surface that absorbs the right amount of water, so it does not smudge or flow too much. Although he went to the venue in advance to study it, the day he went it was raining so he did not get to try and see. So he was concerned.

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Having seen him so many times now, I could tell that he was struggling a bit. It was way too hot, so he needed to put more water down so it will last at least until a piece is finished. But the surface of the concrete tiles were letting water smudge a little too much, so the lines do not remain clear. It was such a balancing act. If you have seen his portrait series, or more of his ‘signature’ animal series, you know the difference. But fight on he did.

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Bee, who is an extremely talented painter herself (Facebook page here), has picked up HungWei’s brush before while they were busking in the city. So she is no stranger to Splash Baron’s style.

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Yes, that’s right. She’s painting your friend there!

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Hung Wei and Bee at TEDx Melbourne Women

Well done guys! You make a great team, coffee and muffin deal!

Thank you, Jon and Tracey of the TEDx Melbourne for inviting those talented artists to take part of your event, and for allowing me to photograph at the venue. Thank you all the paticipants who despite the hot sun came out to take part in the creative process. There is no public art without you!

Please do forward your comment, snaps you might have taken at the venue, or any enquiry directly to the artists.

HungWei’s ‘Splash Baron’ – Facebook page
‘Flying Bee’s Love Art Travel’ – Facebook page

As for my event photography, please use the enquiry form on my profile page.