Thursday, December 31, 2009
And that's it folks. Your final chance to view the observation deck is today, 31st December 2009 at 6pm.
This is my final blog post for the year 2009. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone !
Posted by brandon at 5:50 p.m.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sometimes as a photographer, it's better to put down your camera instead of missing out on all the fun. I had that compulsion two days ago to drop by a friends place to play Wii for an hour and then leave for some evening shots. Instead I stayed on for the next 12 hours for poker, cooking instant noodles, youtube-ing and making a make shift bed using 3 chairs! Wow, that's a blast indeed.
Here are some other images from Swan St Bridge which I just got down to editing them today. I took them two weeks ago.
Thats's all folks! Cheers.
ps: whoops, I almost missed this out:
The internet is great for sharing photos. It's a revolution in itself. It's convenient, democratic, robust, vibrant. I'm not saying it isn't any of those things, so please hold the complaints! But the problem is that it's a Great Pacific Garbage Patch of pictures. That's its nature. There are billions of photographs on the web. One person cannot look at all the photographs on one big photo-sharing site—I mean cannot, it is not possible, even looking at three pictures per second all day long as a full-time job—and there are thousands of sites.
So what's missing? Editing. Winnowing. Sifting. Curating. The creativity of culling. The imposition of a viewpoint. Redaction. Call it what you will.
Now, let the culling begin!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Perhaps you are very dissatisfied with yourself. You are not a genius, have no distinctive gifts, and are inconspicuous when it comes to having any special abilities. Mediocrity seems to be the measure of your existence. None of your days are noteworthy, except for their sameness and lack of zest. Yet in spite of this, you may live a great life.
And yes, that has how my life was: mediocre. But since I picked up my first SLR camera - an Olympus E-510 one and a half years ago, it has brought me a new zeal and artistic vision to capture that which matters, and till today, I am proud to say that it is what makes me what I am.
Here is a years' reflections of what I've been through so far in 2009.
Suzuki Night market week after week, though admittedly I haven't tried much of the food at the market until now.
Australia Day with the rest of Melbourne.
Chinese New Year. Much more happening that my quiet hometown in Malaysia.
Valentine's. I can still vividly remember the pink skies from the bush fire season.
Osaka Twilight Festival. Had plenty of fun over there.
Moomba fest from 7-9 March.
Thai Culture and Food Festival at Federation Square, especially the gorgeous performers ;)
F1 season was in Melbourne. It's a pity that the race didn't end as spectacularly as i expected.
world record dribbling event at Fed Square.
fashion event at our local shopping mall. Nothing much ever happens in Kuching, so we photographers have to find stuff to amuse ourselves.
Old Wet Market. Sad to say it's all disappeared now.
Sibu (a small town in Sarawak), specifically my great grandparents' house. Till today I still can't believe this feeble timber structure is still standing, although the current place that I'm renting in Melbourne is about a 100 years old :p
Miss World Harvest Festival at the Sarawak Cultural Village. Though some of the beauties are gorgeous, there's much to be improved on regarding the venue which is semi outdoor and doesn't have aircond !
St Joseph's School band I once joined as they prepared for the Nationals. An enlightening experience to be there.
Convention at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Experienced my first inaugural mugging during the convention. Must be bad luck I reckon.
Ipoh for the first time, and had a fantastic photography outing while at the same time tried various local delicacies.
Fotoholics club activities after being absent for quite some time.
Myers Spring Summer Fashion launch with supermodel Jennifer Hawkins in the spotlight.
Australian Idol live at Federation Square.
Juwita Suwito Concert at the Arrow Heights basement with upcoming talent Alarice Thio.
Indonesian Festival at Federation Square for an awesome cultural exchange.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day.
Went for a day trip in Dandenong with some friends from pre-university days (some of whom I haven't seen for 4 years), and had a fantastic English meal at Miss Marples afterwards.
Great Ocean Road with the guys.
Posted by brandon at 3:45 p.m.