Quotes to remember

Just watching the video “The Decisive Moment” in which Henri Cartier-Bresson talks of his photography as he clicks through slides…


For me (photography is) a physical pleasure,

doesn’t take much brains.

Take sensitivity, finger and two legs.


(They) say I take great pictures…
it’s seldom you make a great picture.

You have to milk the cow a lot and get a lot of milk,
to make a little cheese, non?


There’s no new ideas in the world! (laughs)

There are only new arrangements of things.


To interest people on far away places,
to shock them and to delight them, is not too difficult.

But the most difficult thing…
is in your own country.


Places where I am all the time, I know too much and not enough.
And to be lucid about it, it is most difficult.


It’s like the last 3 words of Ulysses by Joyce.

‘Yes, Yes, Yes.’

And photography is like that:
‘Yes, Yes, Yes!’

And there’s no maybe’s. All the maybe’s should go to the trash.
Because it is in the instance, it’s the presence, it’s the moment, it stays.
It’s the respect of it, and enjoyment,
it’s a tremendous enjoyment of saying ‘Yes!’

Even when it’s something you hate.
It’s an affirmation.

‘Yes!’ (and clicks)

If you like that, maybe you should add this to your book shelf. Oh, while you are at it, please send me a copy too. I haven’t got one yet!

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A wedding: Miwa & Jun

I had a pleasure of photographing the wedding of this lovely couple.

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

It is funny how things happen sometimes. I was out on Lygon Street one weekend catching up with a friend. The cafe was pretty crowded so when another group came in just behind us, we offered the larger table to them and moved indoors looking for a small table enough for my friend and me. In the end, we ended up coming back to this group so we could share the table.

As it turned out, they were Japanese, and with my friend and I both speak Japanese, we chatted a bit. One person in the other group lives here in Melbourne, and looks after small events and stuff. Oh, my friend here is a musician and I am a photographer… let us know if you need a help. Oh, actually there is a wedding of friends coming up but they haven’t found a photographer yet. And it was only weeks away.

That’s how I got an introduction. I explained the style of my wedding photography, which is the same as my other event photography – documentary snaps. I imagine many couples expect more commercial/fashion shoot style wedding photographer, especially those who ask for pre-wedding shoots (popular in Asian countries – not Japan but seen a lot in other countries). They make saturated colourful images of the couple dressed up in dramatic, romantic setup, with relatively dramatic lighting and composition, and have the images done weeks or months in advance, so that they can be shown at the reception or used in invitational material and a wedding album. That is not what I do. Miwa and Jun had a look at sample images I have in public, on this blog and Facebook page, and agreed that they would be happy with my approach.

We initially discussed a possible 4-hour shoot but turned out to be a full-day work starting from 9:30 in the morning and finishing past 6:30pm. But thanks to some delays and the extra opportunities to shoot in the afternoon light, I was able to take advantage of the warmer late afternoon light for the street shots, which I thought I would have to struggle under the harsh mid day sun. In that sense, we were lucky things did not quite go according to plan and we were both flexible enough to make the best of the fluid nature of the busy day.

Miwa and Jun have kindly given me a permission to share some of the images with you, so here they go…

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

So there you have it. They are really lovely, relaxed couple, just enjoying their day to the fullest. I’m looking forward to meeting them again, perhaps at another major family event in their life together…

Chinese New Year 2014

Looking for something different from the Chinese New Year I photographed in the last couple of years, I headed to the community of strong Chinese presense – Box Hill.

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

It was a really hot day. Must have been tough for those who were performing or selling hot food on the street side. The mist-blow fan was quite popular for everyone, as it really cools down the heat you feel on your skin. Even this lady of the event security was enjoying the coolness.

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Back in the city, along the casino stood temporary food stands and Chinese gifts. I found my friend Bee swapping her colourful water colour with the charcoal, drawing scrolls of the horse themes.

Chinese New Year 2014 - Bee's painting

Chinese New Year 2014 - Bee's painting

Chinese New Year 2014 - Bee's painting

Chinese New Year 2014 - Bee's painting

Melbourne shows many of its faces, even on a single event like Chinese New Year there are so many ways to celebrate.

Art events aplenty!

There are some interesting art events coming up, that I thought I’d share with you. If you know of other events, exhibitions you recommend or are interested in, please share!

‘WILDCARDS’ – exhibition of Australian photographs selected (but not photographed) by Bill Henson
Monash Gallery of Art
Opening Sat 8 Feb (that’s tomorrow!)
http://www.mga.org.au/

White Night Melbourne
A street art party of music, art, dance and food, taking over blocks of Melbourne streets till the sun comes up!
Fri 22 Feb 7pm to Sat 23 Feb 7am
http://whitenightmelbourne.com.au/

See my photos from White Night Melbourne 2013
https://ytphoto.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/white-night-melbourne-2013/

The Knowles Gallery – Official Launch Exhibition
The talented artist Tony Stephens is involved in the launch of this cool art space in Prahran. Come join the party!!
Fri 28 Feb 7pm-
facebook.com/theknowlesgallery