Wednesday, November 25, 2009
About a year ago I chanced by this clip with a "Japanese Photographer" taking photos on the street. I didn't know who he was back then but this guy had opened up a whole new world of street photography for me. Since then I ran through Hong Kong taking candid photos of people very much like how this guy did in the clip. This became my style of photography.
When I get more deeply into photography, the more I read on this subject. This name Daido Moriyama (森山大道) comes up time and time again in articles, in forums or mentioned by other fellow Flickr users. I become interested in his work and search for his books and works via Google and on Amazon.com. Only then I suddenly remember this clip. Could it be Moriyama-san who was in that clip I watched so long ago when I started out on photography? But I loss the link to the clip.... and only after much searching I found the answer to my question. Indeed it was Moriyama-san! Now I know the name of the person who inspired me into "Street Photography".
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
So was my secondary school. It had moved to a new location but the old campus was also taken by another school. In this case even the outlook of the school changed so much it didn't resemble what was in my memory.
Then I was pleasantly surprised by still able to find the building of satellite campus of my old primary school. The same name was still on the wall! Right next to that was my kindergarten, it had became a ruin.
It was a fun trip back tracking the childhood steps. I took lots of photos of course. Next time when I got around to do similar thing again, these places might be replaced by lots of new buildings already.
See the photos from this link.
Friday, April 3, 2009
I went to his memorial show outside of the Art Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui on that evening. Not really going on purpose but I happened to be in the area and I do like his songs, so I attended.
I was a little surprised by how much memory his songs bought back for me and my wife. We had a wonderful evening listening to these old songs which many of them I had sing for her in karaoke many years ago.
(Sandy Lam paying tribute to Leslie singing有心人 )
Never a "star-chaser" even in my youth. Leslie was not someone I particularly fond of when he first entered into his stardom in the 80's. I didn't even buy his records. It was only in the late 90's after his "second entrance" into the music scene and when he had came out from the closet that I started to like him and his music. I specifically mention about "came out from the closet" because after he had done that, I started to admire his courage and his "doesn't-care-what-others-think-of-him-and-just-do-what-he-likes" attitude. Always like that in a person. Besides, the style of his singing actually changed a lot from his early days and I particularly like the amount of emotion he put into his singing.
Even then I still didn't realize how big a star he was until one chance event when I went to his concert. I didn't mean that I didn't know how famous he was, I meant I didn't realize the "star-quality" that he possessed. One day, just any ordinary day, when my wife and I was kind of bored and wanted to search for any good shows around the town to kill time, we notice there was still seats in Leslie's concert so we just bought the tickets and went... rare spontaneous act when involving my wife (hehehe). That was a wonderful concert. I never see another artist when could control the mood of the audience the way he did. The whole stadium was under his spell that evening - he could make us dance, he could make us cry, he could make us scream and he could make us laugh... just the way he wanted it. That was a true star that I saw that evening on the stage. And that was the last time I saw him in person. That concert had became his last one although at that time no one had realized that.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Then I saw this calendar designed by her for Time Square on a friend's desk. Only then I realize its existence. Then I saw it again on another colleague's desk. The more I look at it, the more I wanted it. At the end, I open my mouth and asked my friend to get hold of one for me. Since his wife is in retail and knows the Time Square, I thought it should be easy for him to get one for me. At the end, he gave me his copy. Good guy! Well, I got what I wanted and I really like it.
I tried to think about what I really like in her paintings and designs. So far I still cannot put into words. The feeling is evasive. I guess it's just me not able to "rationalize" why I like something. Always I'd just say - "I like it, don't know the reasons and don't need reasons". But I really want to express myself and understand my own feeling this time. I have been too lazy and not to think deep into this. I still don't have the answer but I will certainly try. Hopefully I will be able to post my reasons on why I like these paintings later on this blog.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wow! My photo stream today got over 700 hits and the number is still counting as the day has not ended yet. I'm very excited about this although such number should be nothing special considered Flickr has millions of users. Still I'm pretty proud of myself given I only started seriously into photography about 3 months ago. Forgive me for congratulating myself... hahaha
Monday, March 16, 2009
This picture was taken when he was taking his product tenderly one by one out from the white plastic container and into a tray. His motion was very slow which contrast with the busy people walking pass in fast steps only amplifies the sadness I felt. I just wish his business will be good.
Actually, his toy was pretty cool. This is the one I bought from him so long ago. Still looks very good!