Better than the double rainbow

I took this photograph on the same day I took a photo of the double rainbow a few seconds apart. I like this better than the double rainbow. I used 35mm Kodak UltraMax 400 film and developed/scanned it at home.

Light fridge

I don’t know why, but I felt like he was storing light in the fridge. I used 35mm Kodak UltraMax 400 film and developed and scanned it at home.

Ran into Jay Maisel, one of my heroes in photography

Today I ran into one of my photography heroes, Jay Maisel around Houston Street and Broadway in NYC.

As a daily routine, I was walking to shoot on the streets after work and noticed someone who looked very familiar to me. But I couldn’t figure out who it was, so I kept walking. All of sudden, it dawned on me that he might be Jay Maisel, my hero. So I approached him and asked if he is Jay Maisel. He said, “Yes”. Then I told him that I admired his work and had 3 books written by him, which you see above.

His books and photographs were so inspiring and influential to me when I started learning photography two years ago. His philosophy about photography is deeply rooted inside me.

I wanted to talk to him longer but the taxi he called arrived. Because he is now 86 years old and was barely able to move and walk, so I opened the taxi door for him and said goodbye. I am not sure if I am going to ever meet him again, but I am so glad that I had a chance to tell him how much he inspired me to be a better human being as well as a better photographer.

Things I saw during my short business trip to Los Angeles on June 13-14, 2017

I had a short business trip to Los Angeles on June 13 to 14, 2017. I didn’t really have a chance to shoot on the streets except for about an hour-walk on the Venice beach on my first day. However, wherever I go, I always carry my camera and document whatever beautiful things I see around my surroundings. I picked some of the moments that I took and made a slideshow on YouTube. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!!

To a place where we know are loved

I shot films for the first time in 15 years. My emotional reaction to outcomes was much stronger than I thought.

But I didn’t know how to describe my feelings. It didn’t dawned on me until I recalled one of the best episodes from TV series Mad Men.

In the season 1 finale, Don Draper who is a protagonist as well as a creative director at the ad firm Sterling Cooper pitches an ad campaign for carousel slide projectors to Eastman Kodak. Please take a look at the short video clip and script below:

Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It let’s us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.

Don Draper from TV Series Mad Men Season 1 Episode 13

Almost blue

Doing landscape or cityscape photography is one way of taking a break from street photography. It refreshes my tired eyes from finding the beauty of mundane on the busy streets. The other way of taking a break is to listen to whatever some random songs from YouTube until I find some inspirations.

Both ways have happened to me the other day while I was listening to Almost Blue by Chet Baker. After listening to this song over and over again, I grabbed my camera and shot some city scenes in my neighborhood. This photo is just one of them that really goes well with the song in my humble opinion.

A quarterly zine (Volume VI June 2017 Edition) from NYC Street Photography Collective is up

NYC Street Photography Collective which I am proud to be a part of has just issued a quarterly zine that includes some of my photos as well as work from other super talented members. Please check it out and order a copy if you are interested in. The proceeds will help support the collective’s summer exhibition.

More information regarding the collective and its members can be found at:
www.NYC-SPC.com or on Instagram or Twitter @nycspc