Our memory

Learned an interesting facts recently. Our brain stores our memory. We would normally believed in what we remembered, but in actual fact, our memory is not reliable. As time goes by, our older memories will fade, and when we try to retrieve it, we could possibly end up filling in false memory. In other words, we altered our memory based on what we believed have happened, burn it into our memory, recalling it back and treat it as reality.As I recall some memories, I start to wonder are they altered? Are they real? Are they original? Well, there’s really no way I could verify at the moment.

Let’s bring this into the world of photography. A lot of times you may be asking yourself why are we taking so many pictures of our life, our surroundings. I think it makes sense now that it serves as a reminder, a permanent memory that cannot be altered (well, unless you photoshop it, of course) by us nor our brain. Taking picture is one thing, storing them and sorting them for future reference is another. I think a lot of people just dump their photos into cloud storage or other applications such as Google Photos. As AI evolved, perhaps it will become more intelligent in finding your memories on your behalf. But for now, I’m still using the good old way of indexing photos myself, storing them in folders either by year > month or by special occasion. And once a while, I’ll look back at some of the old photos and cringed… haha.

Are you one of those who stores a lot of old photos? How do you organize them and search for them when needed?

Digging into the thought process of a photographer

I bought the book “Magnum Contact Sheet” quite a while back but was not able to really to have time to sit down and read it through. Well, finally I did now. For those who enjoyed shooting streets or documentary style photography, this book can easily be the “bible” for one to own and keep. Of course there’re a lot more to offer in terms of content inside the book, which I believe is useful to all photographers out there.

The book shows contact sheets, which are series or sequence of photographs taken by the photographer for a particular event or moment. Looking through the contact sheets, you will be able to understand how the iconic pictures were made back then. The first thing that struck me was that there’s almost always more than one frame being captured in order to arrive at that one iconic shot. By looking through the contact sheets, you will get a sense of the photographers’ thought process in arriving at the final image.

Is it a decisive moment? Is it spray and pray? Is it staged? Is it cropped or post processed? I’ll leave it for you to explore and find out the answer on some of the iconic shots. You’ll be amazed. My key takeaway from this book is this: it doesn’t matter if you take multiple shots in order to get that one shot you want, it doesn’t really matter if you crop or post processed your picture, all that matter is the mind behind the camera. The thought process when moving from frame to frame, changing of composition, waiting for different subject, playing with the light and shadow… if there’s a thought being put in for each frame, you will eventually find the “one frame” that defines your thought.

This is indeed a good photography book for me to kickstart the year. Although there isn’t much plan for me on photography this year, reading books like this does keep my spirit and interest going. Highly recommended.

Personal Project: Photobook on my Vietnam Trip

 

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As mentioned earlier, I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam for business purpose, and I was able to squeeze out some free time to travel  around Hanoi and it’s nearby provinces during my short stay there in April. Since then, I had compiled some of the pictures and my writings into this book. It’s more like a sharing of my thoughts, feelings and emotions while travelling to Vietnam for the very first time.

And again, I would like to apologize that this book was written in Chinese instead of English. As with my other personal projects, I’m more comfortable to write in Chinese, as I felt that I can express myself better through this language. For those who are interested to check it out, please feel free to click on the link here to download and read on your own leisure. Hope you enjoy this book of mine. Do drop me a comment if there’s any.

Thank you and have a nice day!

200 and beyond…

 “You’ve made 200 posts on funny bunny photography!”

That’s the notification I received few weeks ago when I published my post. Yup, 200 posts and still going. This will be post #208. This blog was initially started as a continuation from my older blog that documents my photography journey. Now I had merged my personal blog here as well, it had diluted the content a little, and the blog has officially became a place to document my life, not just my photography journey.

For the past 12 months I had been busy with my studies, and will continue to be busy until end of this year. Hence, there were less sharing on photography related post. Nevertheless, I’ll try to balance things up a little in my blog. I’ll still go out and shoot whenever I’m free, and I still enjoy capturing pictures. Of course as time goes by there might be changes in priorities, but nevertheless, I’ll still try my best to keep writing, documenting and sharing.

As for what’s coming… I do have some plans on what I want to do, but most of them will probably be materialized only by next year. Some short term plan will be getting the pictures from my Hanoi trip ready and print them into a photobook. Then, I’ll be off for another trip the week after, I’m heading back to Japan again, though to different cities and location. Hopefully can get some shots from that trip too, although the weather seems to be not in my favour. For now, I’ll keep the slow pace going and let’s be hopeful for the days to come. Till then.

PERSONAL PROJECT: A BOOK ABOUT MYSELF

After much delay, I had finally completed another personal project of mine. This time around, this project is more on the words than the pictures. Initially I thought that I would like to reshoot all the pictures to make them relevant to the words written, but sadly I have to scrap the idea in the end as I simply do not have much time to do so.

Anyway, for those who is interested, you may find my new personal book here. This is a book with collection of passages, stories and thoughts of mine throughout the years. You may get to know me in person a little more by reading them (I guess…). Sorry that it was written in Chinese instead of English. Similar to my previous Japan Travel Photobook, I felt more comfortable in expressing myself in Chinese words than English.

That’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll have time to complete some other projects this year, though I do not really have any plan yet at the moment. Till then, thank you.