A warm summer afternoon.
Bangkok, June 2014
When was this specific term came into consideration is hard to define but I would guess it must associate with the optical developments that made large aperture lenses becomes commercially available. Original as a Japanese word “暈かし” – or boke or commonly referred to as Bokeh that later adapted by Photo Techniques magazine back in 1997 and gained its popularity, I must say, among most amateurs! I am absolutely not a fan of it, not that I don’t care about out of focus quality, but hey, its out of focus, and it is difficult to quantitate such appeals, some may argue, and of course, many don’t, but there are tones of other elements of a photography artwork that I really can’t put bokeh on higher order. But it is a hugely successful marketing term that closely associate to all large aperture optics that optically capable of rendering blurry background when open wider, and for those who deeply obsessed about bokeh, they devoted their energy looking nothing else, good for them.
Shooting extreme narrow depth of view is not my favorite thing, and something I rarely do, but I will do it when I needed it, such as this one, took with Sony A7R with Carl Zeiss FE 55/1.8ZA Sonnar T* – a lens everyone I asked me about its performance of bokeh, and I really don’t care to answer.
Taipei, Taiwan, June 2014
It is the year of World Cup, the month of World Cup, and finally the week of World Cup.
Luana Lobo, a lovely Brazilian model who posed this for me when asked, “Can you pose with the football?”
“I am Brazilian!” came the answer.
The shot was made with a Leica M 240 mounted with Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH at the historical old Portuguese Embassy from the colonial period, now a fireman dormitory and soon will be a luxury riverfront hotel.
Teakettle in housewares or home goods business has long being considered the flagship “Brand-Carrier” not for its business volume but for it gets to remain on stove, as a sign of life in the kitchen, and representing particular personality of its owner. I was lucky to tightly involve in this business since early ‘90s and proud to be among those few still taking the lead. The assignment of creating a new “iconic” teakettle from Kamenstein – once the largest and a.k.a. the king of this industry came in November 2012 when I was busy working on other design projects but without hesitation I took the prestigious assignment. It was a clear idea from very beginning of original idea development of a new teakettle worthy of an eventual “iconic” status must to meet a few goals includes to perform and behave totally new in meaningful ways; totally fresh look; does not get out of fashion and a unique DNA for successive designs to follow; however, I let the idea cooking and did not start any design developing until early March, 2014, days before the scheduled presentation, and just finished it hours ahead of the presentation. It might seem out of sudden, but not quite exactly. First came to mind was that a fashion object to be created that should stand through test of time. Use of material was also considered but I quickly came to conclusion that the luxury is less to do with material but value more on craftsmanship so the direction of mimicking handmade and a direction would allow use of fashionable color eventually led to adding a central element – besides the vessel and the handle – and the kettle would have a strong signature and stands out with its own uniqueness.
Once the decision is made, the mechanical development came rather easily, and engineered, now a world wide PCT patent – a gliding mechanism coupled with a sling to use weight shift of the kettle itself to trigger whistle cap open and close, puts control in the hand of consumer. The final touch of the kettle – Madison – named after where the idea came from, gave the kettle a total hand crafted look with all the assembly hardware concealed and a final presentation, hopefully, justify the expectation of original design assignment and my own design goal. The Madison kettles eventually designed as a serial development, with the LUXE, reference here, at the top, above the Metro, Rapide and Vivace that will cover in other post. The kettle was introduced in IHA 2014 in Chicago, with wide appreciation and featured in IH+HS Trends, which gives nice words on the design.
Shanghai, China, taken with SONY XPERIA Z1. Packed with lots of pixels, the SONY Z1 smart phone wished to deliver a lot as a phone, a computer, camera, digital recorder, music player, movie maker.….., resulted in a highly compromised smart phone that is somewhat capable, somewhat useful, nothing great.
Shanghai, China, May 2014
This silhouette image of a Burmese kid took during the Anada Festival in Bagan on each full moon day that villagers around Bagan come to Anada Pagoda in their buffalo caravans and live in their tent during the festival. For many, it is a journey of enlightenment, a calling, and for photographers flooded into Bagan are opportunities, but for a kid, it is just change of playgrounds.
Bagan, Myanmar, 2014
Buddhist believes everything in life is impermanent and always changing so a life base on possessing things or persons doesn’t make one happy and suffering of human life is caused from greed so offering is a big part of the believe and usually the beginning of a day.
This image took at Anada Festival; a ceremony occurs on each full moon day is more or less just a daily Buddhism practice in a larger scale.
Bagan, Myanmar, 2014