Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Who soars with graceful ease
He’s a symbol of our heritage
As he glides upon the breeze
He’s a symbol of our freedom
In his soaring boundless flight
A beacon for humanity
And a splendid, noble sight
His huge wingspan maneuvers him
In boundless soaring flight
Oh eagle, in your majesty
May we follow you tonight
May we soar like eagles on the wings
Of dreams composed of light
Oh, eagle, in your splendor
May we follow you tonight
~ Emily M. Parris
Lujiaowan, Xijiang, China
Monday, August 27, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
When Charles and Ray Eames designed the La Chaise for a Museum of Modern Art competition in 1948, they may not foresee the design really caught the eyes of the world until 1991 when Vitra started to manufacture the design in serial production.
The original idea was inspired from the works of French American Gaston Lachaise
- the Floating Figure, back in 1927. The original art work was casted in an edition of 7, now collected by MoMA NYC (unnumbered), Society Hill Project, Philadelphia (1/7), Ray Stark Collection (2/7), Sheldon Memorial Art gallery (3/7), Lt John B. Putnam Jr Collection, Princeton University (4/7) and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (5/7).
I made this original artwork back in 2006 with a Phase One P45 back on Contax 645 mounted with Vario-Sonnar 45-90 zoom, a year before I designed my own “Spring Chair”. My spring chair concept was not inspired by the La Chaise chair but from the photographing the chair, where I was inspired by the human body conform to a design which was inspired by a sculpture of human form. It’s a cycle. Interestingly and sad enough, Gaston Lachaise did not live to see his inspirational floating figure made into an iconic furniture while both Charles and Ray Eames did not live to see the La Chaise put into production.
I think the photography is an interesting applying art, and I am lucky of being both designer and photographer that I can use a visual imagination apply to an object to be designed, and thanks to the time I live where many industrial material have matured enough for more designs to be available to put into production.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Image shot at Xiapu, a fishing county in Fujian province, south China. Xiapu name in Chinese referred as a bank of sunset, for its beautiful waterfront of amberish color. Captured with Phase One P65+ on Hasselblad H2, HC 50-110.
Xiapu, Fujian, China, 2010
Sunday, August 12, 2012
2012 will be remembered a benchmark year that 2 major camera makers – Canon and Nikon switch rolls, SONY emerged beyond a sideline player, Sigma plays oddballs.
We have the archrival Canon and Nikon with one was playing catch up in megapixels and broke the megapixels count by an admirable 50% - 36.3MP from who does not speak of megapixels in the day of fallen behind while Canon now saying the have the ability to do whatever, but chose to stay low – 24MP for the merit of better image quality – finally lost its lead in megapixel war – on all grounds.
SONY avoided the direct competition, and out smart all other divisions inside its own corporation, supply the cut-throat sensor to Nikon, then staying with its own game of SLT and mirrorless cameras and enjoy its success – while their corporation’s future shadowed due to bad sales on most areas outside image and semi-conductor department.
Meanwhile, Sigma continue to sell its way of calculation, rebrand the nice Foveon sensor on their camera SD-1 Merrill, DP-1 Merrill and DP-2 Merrill – with the latest X3 sensor – 4,800 X 3,200 pixels X 3 layers – so you would arrive at 46 MP as it is claimed by Sigma, and on its own camera only! Would Sigma one day also sell its sensor to other manufacturer? Hope so, after all, Sigma is a lens manufacturer supply lens of all focal length for varies camera mount – and chance is, it is likely to buy the lens with mount configuration other than Sigma!
Confused? No, this is a great time to be photographers.
Image of Kyra lingerie shot with Sigma SD-1 Merrill, a camera well deserve respect!