Photowalk with the Old Lens club: Jan 2016 Kawagoe

Kawagoe photowalk 川越

I had a pleasure of joining those enthusiastic photographers for another photo walk. This time, Sasaki-san planned a walk in his familiar territory, a town dotted with signs of Edo era’s former glories. It was a bit of trip from my flat, so I left home early and allowed a bit of time to walk around before meeting them at the station. Continue reading “Photowalk with the Old Lens club: Jan 2016 Kawagoe”

Roppongi

How time flies; is it already coming to the end of October? Can you believe that? It’s been already 3 months since I came to Tokyo in mid-July. Since then I had a month of living in hotel rooms, then off to Sydney for a couple of weeks, but now this is my base, Tokyo. It hasn’t really gotten a part of me yet, but it’s getting there. Today, on a sunny Saturday in early autumn, I went down to Roppongi following my bro’s suggestion. We checked out kids and young girls in Halloween costumes, and enjoyed the slow day.

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The Knowles Gallery: officail launch exhibition

Tony Stephens, a very talented artist I’d known from art markets, has extended an invite to the launch exhibition of a new gallery that was opening up in Prahran. He’d told me that this gallery utilises a large space and there is a dance group next door that can be collaborated into the installation… curious.

Rather than boring you with my talk, scroll on, and see how the night played out. There were exhibitions by a dozen or so artists on the wall, and then there was the dance group, from The Space: Dance & Arts Centre (in which The Knowles Gallery is hosted), plus Hernán Lopera did a live installation production.

If you are following my Facebook page, you would’ve seen MOST of the images. I think I added one or two back in here from the photos I’d taken (but not selected for posting to Facebook at the time…)

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

Live installation production by Hernán Lopera:

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
There was a black sheet and a white sheet, formed in a shape of lying persons. It looked like somebody was sleeping underneath, and she (looked pretty skinny so I’d assumed she) would just stretch out and get up, out of the sheets. Then this took place in front of us…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

And here he is, Hernán Lopera. Love your work, Hernán!

Some poetry on artists and the gallery were presented:

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Everyone focuses on one of Tony’s pieces, to which one of the poems was regarding.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
In another poem, she took us to our utopia, the ideal place of our creative inspirations…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Tony thanks everyone for their work and participation…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Adam & Deb – two people behind this great space and dance installations.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Tony and Miranda of McDrawn (whose beautiful new works were on display but unfortunately not available for safe this evening due to requirements to exhibit in other exhibitions) – two people I’d had a chance to admire the work of at Blenders Lane night market last summer. You might remember some of my photos capturing them at work.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

Please, spread the word about this great gallery space. That, is not what Tony’s girl wanted to keep ‘secret’ down the corridor…
The Knowles Gallery / The Space: Dance & Art Centre

 

Upstairs, 318 Chapel St (enter via Carlton St)
Prahran, Victoria, Australia 3181

http://www.thespace.com.au/theknowles-gallery

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.

Instagram photos

As I shared in some blog posts before, I do use instagram. It is easy. I like the square format. And some of the filters, though way too strong for most use, are in the direction I would process some of the dull lighting in the street scene. Just like any photography we come across on the internet, there are always ‘nice ones’ and ‘not so nice ones’. I would like to be careful in choosing only the images worth sharing (or at least worth keeping in my album for later review), and continue to let go of the images that just missed the moment or clicked in rush when the image was actually not there.

Sometimes beginner photographers ask me for tips. You know the kind of questions – which camera should I buy? Which lens? Which brand? I would say, get yourself a mobile phone, and use only that for a long time, taking every photo you want only with it. Before mobile phone photography became popular, I used to say – if you have a camera with a kit zoom lens, tape it to the wide end so you cannot zoom; use only a wide angle lens, pay attention to the background and what’s around the subject in your frame. Keep it clean. That way you can go very far already. With the technology available in mobile phone, what more would you need, really. The only difference is the ergonomics, in my opinion.

Anyhow! Let’s look at pretty pictures from my instagram moments.

Oh by the way, all the photos on this blog, Flickr, Facebook and elsewhere are results of the photographer’s hard work, and often published with kind permission of people and places I photograph. Please do not reproduce them without express consent of the photographer (myself).

Now, enough talks… Don’t forget to drop a comment or message to me afterwards!

Queue
“Queue”

Towards the sun
“Towards the Sun”

Ivy, the Street Artist
“Ivy, the Street Artist”

Flinders
“Flinders”

First coffee
“First coffee” (of the day, which I got to enjoy finally in the late afternoon)

The balloon guy
“The balloon guy”

Cow up a tree
“Cow Up a Tree”

Bee's work
“Bee’s work” (at a show of local fashion designer)

Bee's work with a model
“Bee’s work with a model” (who is actually wearing the dress she painted for the designer)

Secret Concert
“Secret Concert”

Do you take photos with mobile phones as well as your ‘serious’ camera? Do you only take with mobiles? Do you share socially? Do you print, maybe? I am seriously considering printing some of them. Ikea used to sell this pretty small square frame…

At the park

On the day a horse race stopped the nation, I was asked to photograph a mother and her beautiful children on a short visit to Melbourne. It was a cool and cloudy morning, but we made the best of it and captured some beautiful natural expressions. The father of the family was unfortunately unable to leave work back home. Maybe next time, he can join us, too.

Little Yuuna-chan takes the hand of her little brother Iori, making sure it’s always safe and fun for him.

Look at him go!

The shirt, the tie and the hat. He’s making a bit of statement…

It was a horse-led carriage straight out of a fairly tale. Everyone was waving at the little princess and the handsome prince.

I hope you enjoyed your short stay in Melbourne.