A few days ago I posted an image from a photo shoot for T8 that I took of Veronika Vadovičová striding out against a backdrop of Kowloon soaking in the setting sun. I posted this shot on my Instagram and Facebook pages and I have genuinely been moved by the messages and comments that people have left there as well as all the others that have found alternate ways to send me messages on the back of this post. One thing is for sure, I could never complain about a lack of warmth and support that has been shown to me by the Hong Kong community and beyond.
The last time I used a digital camera for commercial work was on assignment for Strava to capture images of Ultra Trail Mount Fuji 2019 and since then I have only picked up my SLR camera to shoot film with my daughter and develop these images at home. It was with a mixture of nerves and gratitude (more nerves) that I read the message from John at T8 when he reached out and asked if I could shoot some promotional images for their new apparel and running face masks. When I first met with John to discuss the shoot I was candid with him and admitted that I was very nervous about shooting again after a long absence. I will leave it for another time to write about how I came to a point of deciding that I would pick up my cameras and work professionally again but suffice to say that the shoot was quite an experience and I appreciate the faith that was placed in me to be able to deliver the goods.
I said I would no longer post my work on Facebook and Instagram and this could return to being the case in the future as I am still working out the way forward. I am still weighing up whether to use social media to share my work. On a personal level, I prefer not to use social media for a number of reasons including privacy, aversion to social media and its’ trappings plus the questionable business methods/ethics of Zuckerberg and co. But there is no doubt that these platforms provide a place for folk to connect with my images that would not otherwise be the case. For the time being, this website will be my main platform for sharing my work and the jury is out with whether I return posting my work on social media now and then. I am still working through that decision.
Over the past eighteen months photography has taken on another level of expression for me in a way that is akin to how blues musicians find an outlet in their music. Capturing images such as these are my outlet and hopefully others like yourself connect with them too.
Here are some of the shots that I took for this T8 assignment:
Behind The Scenes
Camera Gear: Canon 5d mk2, Sony A7r2, Sigma 35/1.4, Canon 16-35/2.8, Zeiss Batis 85/1.8 & 25/2
Athlete models: Mary Hui, Ivan Lam, Veronika Vadovičová & John Ellis
Photography Assistant: Lucien Chan
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