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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Welcome to my revamped portfolio site. I felt it was time for a reboot because the last one threw up too many compatibility issues. Where the last theme was centred around a wow factor, it was restrictive. Now it’s about getting straight to the point, quickly.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
I’m not a wedding photographer. I wouldn’t know what to capture, how to frame the important things and what to exclude. When I was invited to bring my camera along to Kate and Dipo’s wedding day, I had already decided beforehand, that I was going to shoot this as I would do when I came across decisively special moments on the streets. The camera is an extension of my eye, recording the memories which I chose to keep and for me, the world is life, and always in motion. Photographing a wedding was to capture life playing out in motion.
I am not a wedding photographer, for I only know how to put together photographs to tell a story. For me, a beautiful photograph wasn’t about delivering the slickest portraits with the a touch of the speedlite; instead the beauty of photographing life, was to capture the essential speed and movement of life itself and especially the people who had come together to make it happen. I wanted documents which when pieced together and viewed as a sequence, told the story of Kate and Dipo, like a paper movie, even if I was aspiring to be only an ounce as good as Robert Frank’s eye for making a paper movie.
I could never be a wedding photographer because I was constantly witnessing, constantly waiting for the truth to unveil itself in front of my camera, for the real emotions to spill out from the most momentous of occasions, for the love to manifest itself, and I didn’t know how one could freeze that with poses, because love – at least for me – is something that is patiently serendipitous. So I was patient, I waited for the smiles, for the hugs, for the laughs, for the tears, for the love to show itself in front of my lens if only for a split second, so I can steal the moment.
I am not a wedding photographer because my photographer’s eye only seeks the modest in the carnival. It is always the hunger for the truth and the reality which guides my frame of what I choose to exclude and what I choose to include. Something pure, something impassioned, something real, something born of patience and something that’s abit of an act of love.
Here are my first photographs of a wedding : Kate & Dipo.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
WordPress can be such an annoyance sometimes, I stepped away from editing this portfolio for a little bit now, and have decided to settle on 90% width pictures instead of a 100% full browser width. Having tested the site’s capabilities across three computers, both mac and pcs, full screen cuts away took much information at the bottom of every picture. So anyway, I’m still trying to see if there’s a way to get around it, aspect ratios… aspect ratios.. sigh. Either I resize and crop my images for widescreens or if I keep the 6x4s then it will cut off.
Ah well, 90% is a good compromise, for now, problem is there is an annoying black bar at the right of the screen that looks alright in the portfolio bit, but for the blog layout, it looks abit weird. And this site still doesnt function properly in chrome so… technology sigh.
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
It’s done, I’ve chosen all the photographs I wanted to include in my portfolio and now you can browse it to your heart’s delight… and hire me for a coming project.
Today I uploaded my people portfolio. Photographing on the streets is something which I find both challenging and exhilarating. Like many street photogs around, I’m aspire to Henri Bresson’s decisive moment theory, something which I will probably never master, but I do try. Now all I need is a Leica.
I’m tired, never realised choosing pictures can be such a time consuming chore… anyway, that’s it for now, go see my portfolio, there will be a few more ‘albums’ to be added in the weeks to come, particularly a wedding which I did a while ago, that I am anxious to showcase, but that’s for another day, I will keep you updated. I’m going to be shooting film exclusively next week, I’m hoping its going to be warmer, will be taking my Nikon FM2 out for a spin.
Ok so what’s next with Kangphoto.com – Well, as I said in an earlier rant I have some plans for the blog section, and I plan to write regular updates here which include some of my post processing techniques, some photography discussions, perhaps speak about my heroes and some kit reviews as well. Can’t say I’ll be adding content everyday because… I have stuff to do, but I will try to do at least one post here per week.
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
As much as I love colours, there is something so romantic, so eloquent and so mystical about black and white which I cannot really describe. Some say that a photograph is a window to one’s soul, and that window can only be unlocked when all the distractions are stripped away in a monochromatic image – the true essence of the subject in the photograph. One’s eye wanders the picture.. you see the man’s eyes, and then the woman’s hand, and then her eyes and then you see a moment shared between them, before you eyes wander past the man’s shoulder to notice a reflection of another man, arms crossed and a double image, a reflection, or a ghost?
As much as I love photographing food in all it’s vibrancy, my heart belongs to the streets, and I put away my pretensions and see the world, as it was meant to be, photographed.
My black and white images now available for browsing.
Saturday, December 26th, 2009
First things first : I’ve rejigged the nav bar on the portfolio page so that when it minimises, it will show more of the selected photograph, more viewing pleasure, eh. OK, so today I uploaded my restaurant interior/exterior portfolio to compliment the food portfolio, so you guys can view it there… but right now, I just want to share some snapshots with you.
So my christmas pressies are the hottest pick ups a baller can ever, well, pick up : A fresh pair of Nike Air Jordan XI Space Jams, 2009 Retro. I can’t believe I’m saying that. Got them the day they came out at Footlocker in Oxford street, and let me tell you, they. are. sweet. I’ve been in the shoe game for a while now, and while I have owned the Concords (albeit DMPs) nothing is quite as special as the Space Jams. It’s just the perfect basketball shoe. The shape, the leather, the black upper, the icy soles… love it.
Without further ado, here are the Space Jams..
I actually have two pairs of the spacejams. One is a size 11 to rock on sunny days, another is a size 10 to keep in the closet for rainy days. I ordered the 2nd pair from the Nike online store and it’s still so fresh…. life is good.
Friday, December 25th, 2009
Merry Christmas folks! It’s now just gone 1am here in Londontown and I am so proud to have just finished uploading my complete food photography portfolio. You can see it here. As food is near and dear to me, this particular set of photographs mean alot to me – I am afterall, first and foremost a photographer of food before anything else.
This is two years of intense eating and photographing so, I do hope you’ll enjoy it.
Over the next few days I will have a clear plan of delivery and plan to roll out the rest of the portfolio sets as follows:
1. Restaurant Interiors/Exterior – 26th Dec 09
2. Black and White – 28th Dec 09
3. Street Photography 1st Jan 10
I’m tired, tell everybody who is looking for a photographer to come see my work and hire me too, I’m not free, but am definitely worth it.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
So my domain name is still being propagated throughout the internet, which means that not everybody can access this domain as yet. I have started telling my closer mates about this portfolio, generally feedback is positive, though I am looking for criticism as well, so I can iron out any evil bugs which currently plague this site. I already know that it doesnt work on blackberries and the portfolio pictures doesnt really load properly in Google Chrome, sometimes. An issue I will rectify with time. I think I have settled on the typography and design, now I just have to actually put the portfolio together…. believe me picking and choosing my ‘best’ stuff is really hard….
….So as it is close to Christmas, I have been feeling very festive, and decided to run out and get myself not one but two pairs of Air Jordan XI Space Jams. If you are a sneakerhead, then you’ll know that these are like the holy grail of Jordans. One to keep fresh in the closet, the other I will rock on sunny days.
Right so, the photography which is currently on show in this version of the portfolio comes from a variety of outings, some are assignments, some are personal projects. I won’t go into the details because… they are set to change in the weeks to come as I sift through and consolidate my library. I can tell you that the shot of the kid which you see on this page was taken at Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park.
Yeah.. and all photography you see on this website is created by and shot by me 🙂
Right then back to work.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Hi guys, this will be my first post on the ‘blog’ bit of this website. Ahem, let me briefly introduce myself. My name is Kang, I’m a freelance photographer… among other things. Other things in my life involve lots of eating, and lots of writing – both of which can be seen at londoneater.com – the internetz… growing online London restaurant guide. So things are still abit messy here, I’m working away from home at the moment, so my portfolio images are not quite up to scratch yet. If you so happened to have stumbled into this site, then I hope you will bear with me as I get things up to 100% over the next couple of weeks. In the mean time, you can browse what is already available, otherwise you can head to my photoblog noir where I keep my street shots.
I’ve got small, but exciting plans for the blog section of this website. On my assignments, there’s always alot of beautiful photography that doesn’t get snapped up by the client and gets left behind in the digital darkroom, alot of which can be re-used in behind-the-scenes photo stories. I also plan to use the blog to write small tutorials which I hope can be useful to your photography, but also is a way for me to document new techniques and other such things. I’ll also use this to write about my practical experiences with regards to cameras and lenses….and anything photographic that crosses my mind.
Anyway, I better get back to work on this site, speak soon folks!