I’m sure all creatives can relate. As we progress artistically, our interests in visual cues and expression techniques change. However, it seems that something is “buried” so deep in me that it hasn’t left me these years; or is it something that represents the intrinsic “true me” that’s simply waiting for me to realize one day?
This image was made a few years ago in Pingjiang Road (平江路), Suzhou (苏州), China. Little did I know that my interest in observing and documenting the interaction among seniors, especially in their communal gatherings, has been “set in stone” from a long time ago. 🙂
Remember the gentleman that lost track of time by the side of street in Carmel, California? Well, I have another version of it, in China.
In the days when I was growing up, we tended to refer to future as the 21th Century, as if it’s somewhere far far away. With a blink of eyes, we are already more than a decade into the so-referenced Century. A visit to Xingping (兴坪), an ancient town that’s close to Guilin(桂林), China, makes me realize, maybe, some people have never been “back to the future”.
In this little room, it’d be safe to say that everywhere your eyes land, you’d see an indication of time – three calendars and one clock. And yet, history seems to refuse to leave. I mean, if Mao Zedong (毛泽东) is still around, he’d been 121-years old.
“A scene is a scene. But a scene with people comes alive”, says yours truly. 🙂
Did I tell you that a short walk from our hotel to the historical downtown in Mexico City and back was stretched into a whole (fun) day? Yes, that’s one of my strengths, in my own opinion. 🙂 Think about it, for a kid that loves candies, wouldn’t it be the best thing in the world if the candy lasts the whole day?
When visiting a place on foot, in addition to the monumental locations (sometimes skipped for subjective reasons), we check out the nooks and cracks with much joy. And this is what we were greeted with, at the end of the day, on our way back to the hotel – four gentlemen sitting on the same bench, each doing their own thing. What a fun “scenery”! I exclaimed, in my heart, and secretly raised the camera to my face. 🙂
Now, if you allow yourself to step back a little, it looks like a movie poster, doesn’t it? What would be the name of the movie, if that’s the case? You can totally make it up. Why not have some fun!
When much marketing efforts are made to woo the younger generations, it seems that the mature population may have been forgotten by the society. As I understand the risk of jumping to conclusions too quickly, I wanted to be careful in committing to this conception, especially when my eyes were caught by this gentleman by the street of Carmel, California. Maybe, he chose to be totally lost in his own world?
What do you think?
In the 2 years that our paths crossed, I learned that her husband had just passed away and she misses him with great pain every day. I learned that she struggles health-wise and yet always manages to show up with a graceful demeanor. And I also learned that she’s an extremely gentle soul – she always tells me that she likes my smiles because she sees sparkles in my eyes. She says it with a smile on her face, as always.
The last time that I saw her, I told her what had always been on my mind – I wanted to photograph her. To me, documenting a life with portraiture and listening to their life-long stories is a beautiful thing.
She was so excited and said would call me to arrange a time for the photo shoot as she’d have company soon.
Then, she left us.
Would her family have memories of her to hold on to when she’s gone?
I thought I’m on a mission as a photographer. I feel that I’ve failed in this case …
What would YOU do to retain memories of the loved ones in your life?
As a photographer, I always work with my customers in coming up with the photo display solutions based on factors such as:
– The customers’ home decor;
– The customers’ interests/tastes; and
– The look/feel of the photographs themselves.
So in a way, I’m like an interior designer.
Other than the traditional framing, there are so many frame-less alternatives nowadays, many of which are lighter in weight and are easier to install. Remember the relatively new presentation style – canvas thin wrap I shared a couple of months ago? Well, for the lady that has a near-century long of experience in this world, I tried a different media.
This time, I had it printed on photo paper. The print was then mounted on a thick black lightweight backing that gives a contemporary, finished look to the unframed image. Holes are included on the back of the mounts for easy hanging. And depending on the size of the photo, the backing is available in ¾” and 1½” (for larger sizes) thicknesses.
As you can see, the sides are wrapped, which gives an even more finished look. Given the feel of this particular photo, I picked black siding for her. White and beige are two other options.
Normally, I’m not a big fan of anything shiny. To protect the photo, I could have selected a matte spray. However, I thought a glossy spray would really bring out the deep colors in this photo and it turned out to look really nice.
Take a look at the finished product in different angles. I hope you like this product as well!