Alan John is someone I admire and respect greatly, so it is an honor to see one of my shots on his office wall. He talks a little about it on his blog.
This is one of my all-time favourite images. I love it because it is filled with joy and freedom, taken at the epicenter of where I am happiest – Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas.
Here’s a screen grab from his blog:
I promised to not talk about this project, so I am not quite sure what I am allowed to say!
Let’s just say I proudly took this portrait for the BBC….and just leave it at that! Ha!!!
Yeah, I have probably mentioned this before! But I do! Panoramas, done well, can tell bigger stories. In this case, viewers can see that Ce La Vi at Marina Bay Sands has a restaurant, a bar, and a view. Three for the price of one!
I was a judge on The History Channel recently. The show is Photo Face-Off where a professional photographer competes with amateur photographers to win the final showdown.
Thankfully I didn’t have to compete, so the pressure was off!
Here’s a link to little preview of what we did:
Commercial photography is a very collaborative process. It’s not just one person directing everything to their own taste. Which is why I love to get get everyone involved in my shoots. I want to know my client’s vision. I want to know the feelings they want to portray, what the image should say about their brand. What they want to sell.
On a recent shoot atop the Marine Bay Sands at Ce La Vi, I started with my usual style of a fairly conservative portrait. I love to go a bit crazy with my portraits, but I understand local tastes, and try to cater for them.
But the team at the bar had other ideas – they wanted something a little moodier, something a little edgier. And they weren’t afraid to ask me to change direction.
This is the image we created once we all understood the mood they were after. I think we created something special. It’s just the right mix of being out there, but still with the right corporate tone and an air of sophistication.
So I encourage my clients to be a part of the process. Share your thoughts, tell me about your vision – my job is to listen and adjust to your needs while at the same time contributing my insight as well. The sign of a true collaboration is when everyone adds their own piece of expertise to the process. And it always produces better results!
Belated congratulations to the Singapore Botanical Gardens for being recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a big deal because it is Singapore’s very first World Heritage Site.
It was a bit of an honour to be asked to contribute to the Garden’s Nomination Dossier. Here are some of my shots featured in the successful nomination application.
Okay, I know how it looks – Rory is slacking off again! But it’s not true! This is how we make hotel beds look pristine and perfect. I know it a little bit cheaty, but I pull the sheets tight to remove any visible creases and slot this bit of the image into the final image. This is one of the newly renovated rooms at M Hotel, Singapore.
Update! The final image:
I knew I got ‘the shot’ when I captured this restaurant image for Pollen at Garden’s by the Bay. I knew this one put the restaurant in context, I knew it was bold and eye catching. I knew it would intrigue the viewer. The restaurant marketing department obviously agreed because it is the opening image on their website – the image that grabs the viewer’s attention and entices them to explore more.
Which is really what I try to achieve with every image I make. In my mind, every exposure has to be a winner. None of them can be boring, humdrum or just average. They have to tell my client’s story while trying to sell an idea, help people discover and excite the senses.
Another of my shots appears on their Facebook over – another example of my panoramas fitting in nicely with FB’s cover image ratio….
DP Architects recently got a little bit of free publicity for a building they designed – the amazing Singapore Sports Hub. Because the Straits Times newspaper used an image DPA supplied rather than use images from their own photojournalists, the architects got priceless publicity for free with a nice big double page spread, with their name shown prominently. There could be a hundred reasons why they went with this image, but I like to think this was because supplied image they supplied was compelling, eye catching, and was the right image for the article.
You can see more shots I took for this project at this link here.
One of the best things about my job is meeting and working closely with people who are at the top of their game.
Working with André Chiang of Restaurant André is a bit like working with a slightly mad genius…but in a good way. His food and restaurant always fills me with whimsy, providing an escape from the real world for a few hours.
Here’s the result of me escaping reality for an afternoon, collaborating with a true artist and possibly genius….for Four Magazine.