Haven’t been posting in a bit because i haven’t been well and have been constantly having dilemma of what sort of work should I put online. I’ve watched a movie recently, The legend of 1900. Great story and characters and I can’t help but to resonate so much with 1900 (Main Character’s name) about being afraid of what is outside his comfort zone; the endless possibilities of change, being afraid of things we can’t control nor foresee. He's a talented pianist who was born and raised on a ship and had never set foot on land. He quote, "the land is like a piano with millions of keys, millions and billions of keys that never end. On the ship, keys begin, keys end. You know there are 88 of them. Nobody can tell you any different. They are not infinite. You're infinite... And on those keys, the music that you can make... is infinite. I like that. That I can live by..." I guess what I'm trying to say is, I'm not afraid of change, not at all. I just don't wanna wear out my purity for photography. How I see and feel for my subjects; whether it’s wedding or personal projects is so important to me and I try to keep that as pure as possible. I'd rather have someone compliment on my ability to capture a feeling than to get compliments on how great of a business I'm doing. I'm happy doing what I do and I'd rather stay within the 88 keys. I like that. That I can live by.
It's images like this that reminds me not to forget my roots, not to forget why I got into photography in the first place. I dare not say I'm noble, no I'm not even close... But to be able to experience human relations, compassion and live their lives even for a day is all I'd desire; making an image out of it serves a larger purpose than myself.
I'm desperate to be out there again and I'll see you soon.
Simon & Jin shares similar vision with me on how they would like to be photograph for their engagement. I had a great time working with them; from understanding who they are and how they met, brainstorming of ideas and down to the preparations. The whole process was really delightful and I was thrilled for the shoot!
We decided to split the shoot into three days, mainly due to the natural light that I need and the limited amount of time I have with it. I tried to include as many elements I could gather from them and chosen a few locations that they could relate to. One being on the rooftop of Simon’s apartment at East Coast Singapore, overlooking Jin’s old apartment. Fun fact; they actually met overseas and soon realized they’re only living one street across each other hah!
Like any other shoots; not everything will go as planned. We actually got really lucky with the weather and manage to catch a few good windows in-between rains. Although the grey sky wasn’t my favorite option, I embraced the clouds and wind that I was given. On the last evening, our generator failed to operate the lights on the rooftop, it was a nightmare. Luckily, we have enough extension cords lying around to stretch to a power socket that we found. Lights checked, food checked, beautiful looking couple checked; It’s time to wine, dine and dance.
Check out the all the photos here & have a awesome weekend! :)