I have had my Minolta now for about 5 or 6 days, let’s just say a week? Anyways, I was a bit nervous about the quality because the camera is quite old and does have a few scratches on the lens here and there. It could just be dust, too - undetermined. Well, I just came back from the store in Champagne Court with my first developed roll…
After class everyone was heading over to Temple Street Market to look for some fake Jimmy Choo’s and Chanel purses. I had plans on going but once I realized the camera store was open for another 1.5hrs I decided to make that my priority. I showed up an hour on the dot before closing to expect to hear ‘ok, come back ta-marrow.’ Instead she told me one hour. I was pleasantly shocked and happy of course. So I decided just to walk around in TST while my photos were being developed.
I ended up in this sushi spot where this is a conveyor belt going around the entire restaurant and you just pick up the plate of sushi that interests you. Every plate is $1 USD; not bad. I sit down like I know what I have gotten into and am looking into the tea box. The woman sitting next to me says to me, after I sift through everything several times, ‘they’re all the same, green tea.’ That is what started our conversation. She helped me pick out the right sushi for me and talked about me going to University here. She got up and left and I sat there grabbing more plates.
I still had about 40 minutes left so I just went up to the 7-11 hoping to find some wi-fi with no luck. All I found was this persistent hooker trying to sell me her goodies. She left and came back 3x’s as if the first two times were no indication to her that I really was just not at all interested. The third time was kind of cute though. She said ‘you don’t want girlfriend?’ I said ‘No.’ and smiled. She quickly found a suit and was off into the neon glow of the TST lights.
I gave it another 10 minutes and walked back into the store and bought some Solaris film to experiment with and some Fuji film from Japan which is apparently not sold in stores but they ‘know someone on the inside’. It should just make for some beautiful photographs. I paid for the photos and the film and walked outside and sat on the steps of a boarded up building. The photos came out really nice! I have not looked at them technically yet but the colors and focus are really just spot on. I am just really happy that I bought a camera that actually works and was not sold some piece of crap. It was more of a sigh of relief.
I got onto the MTR and smiled all the way to Sham Shui Po….
I have had two realizations over the last two days. One with my work and other with love.
Yesterday in my Color Technique class we showed our work from our first assignment. This was the assignment that we had to use the disposable camera. All of my photos came out blurry and so did Brian’s but it somehow all worked out in the end. First up; Skene.
He showed photos from a weekend get away with some friends on pretty far from here. They were really great shots. He effortlessly captured the experience and moments in between - as a photographer should. Then Loretta stepped up. Vibrant in your face colors with some great street photography. I sat back in my chair. I was just shocked. First that this was all coming from a disposable camera and second to see some talent. When I was in Savannah I didn’t feel like there was much talent around me. It could have been cause I was with a bunch of first years or even maybe the location is just uninspiring for people. I can see both.
The next guy stepped up and placed his photos up on the board for us to look at. Out of the 7 or 8 of them I didn’t like even one of them. I just kept staring at them hoping to find something good out of it. I looked at his photographs and all I saw was someone with a disposable camera. Not being a photographer and having the eye. He was very lazy with the project. Right there I found myself in his shoes.
Sometimes I find myself walking around and taking photos of this and that for no particular reason. Yes, I take some good photos here and there but I don’t feel like I am consistent with my work. I know what I like to take photos of but I am not progressing. I was sitting in that chair during his critique, critiquing myself. It was not a good place to be in. At that same time it has given me a boost of motivation to truly try and step out and change the way shoot, push myself, to pick up the camera with a purpose. One thing I enjoy about having this Minolta now is that it is film so I am not taking just random photographs. There is a purpose behind it all - cause film costs money! Second is that it is a fixed 50mm so it forces me to get closer to the subjects which should dramatically change how my photos look.
I was all set to really start to get back into the Tumblr and write up a storm - now in a funk. Honestly, it is all because I was about to start my first vlog and got all self concious cause there are other people in the room so it ruined my mood.
Things are going really well over here. I went out over the weekend with Brian who is a local from Hong Kong. We went out in search of a camera for me and almost found one in my price range but the lens was scratched and had mold growing on it. So, we went out and bought the disposable camera for our photo project and hit the streets.
We trespassed onto several roofs and took views over various parts of Hong Kong. It was amazing. We got together and walked all over the city and I didn’t end up getting home until a little past 2 in the morning.
Wish I was in a better mood so I could write. I’ll just stop. lame.
We’re just about out of the woods on the first week of class. Tuesday was a holiday here so we must make it up tomorrow.
So far the assignments are:
Photo, go out and buy two disposable cameras and have them developed.
Computer Applied Science, work on creating a neat and interesting resume (bored)
3d Design, go out and buy ‘X’ supplies bring them to class tomorrow and we’re gonna make some shit.
So…pretty cool stuff going on.
I still haven’t managed to find a camera but Brian, this guy in my class, is a local HK guy and speaks Cantonese so we’re gonna go out and he will haggle for me and we’ll end up doing one of the disposable camera projects.
Since the class is all about color and less about the subject material I am trying to switch my brain over finding something I usually shoot and to focus on colors. Initial thoughts are to shoot women with their umbrellas (it is way too common here) Go the cultural route. Another thought was (and this would end up just being one single shot) walking into a fabric store and catching all these vibrant colors and then see a human in the mix. It could be interesting. Right now though I am trying to think of places of really vibrant colors. Thoughts?
As you can see I am not really focused on the other two classes. I guess that is how it should be though, I am a photo major after all. In the past I have maintained my focus on my major and allowed the others to fit into.
I am not even sure where to begin really. Gonna try my best to keep it short and sweet so not to bore ya.
I landed 8 days ago here in Hong Kong. The flight was great. I slept about 4 hours and ate all three meals. Knowing myself I was not sure the next time I was gonna be fed so I took well advantage of it all. As soon as I landed I headed over to Florent’s place (old roomie in NY) and got together with him. I was feeling pretty good at this point. It was about 9 in the evening after a 16hour flight so I decided to curl up on his tiny couch and get some sleep.
The next few days I explored alone, as he was working, on foot. I discovered a lot and didn’t kick my jet lag until about two days ago. I basically just got lost and tried to find new things. After staying there for 3 days I moved over to the New Territories with SCAD.
The apartment is very nice and my roomies are great. I was very nervous, having difficult situations with roommates in the past. Especially going into something blindly, you just never know. Ian is from Tacoma but grew up in Kenya and most recently here in Hong Kong. Zane is from New Jersey (we hold it against him) and he has only been to Cancun outside the states. Ian is in gaming design and Zane Graphic Design. We have been pretty much hanging out every since we met and doing the pool thing just about everyday….
SCAD Hong Kong is 10x’s better than the Savannah campus. They’re serious about giving you a great education here and the faculty are just great. It is very social and you feel like the money spent is definitely worth it. They treated us to a great meal on Sunday and now this Friday we’re having a BBQ and then the following Friday a photo shoot on the STAR Ferry in our SCAD get up.
I really like my photo professor, Yoav. He is from Israel and very direct. I will post a quote from him on day one later. He just tells you like it is. We received assignments from day one and already a real world project. He has asked us to put together 10-20 pieces together to submit to a publication here for consideration for publication. That was just the first day. That just gives you some idea on how it is different out here.
In my computer class we;re just learning Microsoft Word right now and creating a blog..so a bit slow, but i will learn something in there eventually.
A ton has been going on but before i try and dig into a mass update let me start with dinner that went on last night at 16a.
In the short time I have been here in Hong Kong I have found that considering that campus is so small, about 70, the faculty and students has a family atmosphere - which is great. I am typically a fairly shy guy until I feel comfortable with you or someone pokes me to be social. Something must be in the air here though cause I have been very social since getting here. I have gone up to most people and introduced myself and try and just be…friendly.
Anywhos, last night Ian, Zane, Jamie, Stella, and I all had dinner in the apartment. After playing a game of Monopoly, and being defeated severely, everyone wanted to go out for dinner. Well, I am broke. So Ian and I suggested that we should just all eat in the apt..so we did just that. Then I thought of inviting ‘the girls’. That’s our lil nick for these fun and outgoin chillrens we met a few days ago. Know the names but just call them ‘the girls’. Anyways they were unable to make it but understandable for the short notice. Anyways, We dragged out the rice cooker and I was in charge of the chicken curry with shallots, onions, peppers, and baby tomatoes. Ian took care of the rice and pork w/ mushroom dim sum and shrimp dumplings. It was delicious. Who knew some white boys from the states could whip up a really good Asian meal? Even the two girls, Singapore and Korea, thought it was quite tasty and acted surprise we didn’t burn anything.
It feels great to have such an easy transition from being home to being back in school and meeting some really great people. I hope to spend tons of time with a lot of these guys and just immerse myself into a ton of cultures and grow from all the inspiration around me.