Film Photography | Daily Life

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I’ve been trying to keep a camera on me most days these days. Usually a small compact or something that fits snugly over my shoulder without adding too much weight or occupying too much thought while I’m out and about. More of a simple exercise in simply seeing the world. I’ve been trying to capture more movement, to see my surroundings more as a cinematographer might. Reading more film theory and editing concepts and trying to apply that to stills and street scenes from daily life. Studying rigid forms in an attempt to be a bit looser I guess, mostly with the belief that art is a kind of struggle in contrasts. Blah blah blah. So anyway, here are a few photographs from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Hong Kong. All shot on black & white film since the break of 2017.

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Hong Kong Street Photography

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I’m trying to loosen up a bit and change things around. It’s been nearly 10 years since I moved to Asia and I find myself skipping past things these days without giving them a second glance. Things I would have stopped for years ago. Things I would have photographed. These things normalize and we change and grow and stop being amazed by what quickly becomes commonplace, even in a part of the world as inspiring and outlandish and wonderful as Southeast Asia.

These days, I’ve gotten in the habit of leaving my camera at home when I’m not working. To clear my head, or so I’m not always be seen as a photographer. Which is all well and good and necessary, but I’ve started to crave that clutter again. I miss stopping for things. I miss those random images you collect at the end of a day walking around a city. I miss going through photographs and being surprised. And so I’ve been trying to remedy that.

Street photography means different things to different people, but at its heart I’ve always thought if it as a spontaneous kind of action. Photographs of things that moved you in one way or another at some time or other in some place or another. It’s people, places, and things. Decisive moments. Random objects. The way light falls against a building or how the colors in a frame all interact together. Street photography is simple. In a way, it’s whatever you decide it is. And so I’ve been doing more street photography, which simply means I’ve been taking more photographs. Streets have often been involved.

And so here are some things from Hong Kong. I’m shooting film, because it feels more spontaneous and I like not being able to see what I’ve captured until the rolls come back from the lab. These were all taken with a Lomo LC-A and a Leica M7, two of my favorite 35mm film cameras for their simplicity of design and user friendliness. I try to have at least one of them on me at all times these days. Because I’m embracing these things again, and you never know who or what you’re going to run into.

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Travel Photography | Central Vietnam

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One of my first assignments of the year brought me back to a well-worn path between Hue and Hoi An for a few travel stories in central Vietnam. I can’t count how many times I’ve worked in that region, but it really never gets old. It has history and UNESCO-recognized heritage sites, some of the best food in the country, great beaches and mountains and villages, and much, much more. There’s always something new to discover. Here are a few images from my recent journey–photographs from Hue, Hoi An, and Danang.

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Imperial Citadel | Hue, Vietnam

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Just a simple image from the ancient and mysterious Imperial Citadel in Hue, in central Vietnam. Two people walking into the light on a rainy afternoon.

Two Polaroids | Bangkok

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Simple in Sicily

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I got a few rolls of film developed from a recent trip to Sicily, where I shot the SS2017 collection for Sula Clothing. These are just a few simple scenes from walking around Catania. Churches, alleys, and laundry. Not much more.

Complex Navigational Theory & The Year in Review

A young woman and a small temple in Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

There’s something self-aggrandizing and myth-making about year end lists. They usually mean a lot more to the author or photographer or whoever than to the audience they’re intended for. But so it goes. In the end it’s as much of a review as a showcase. I like looking back over my work, seeing what worked and what didn’t, what can be improved upon, what themes ran through, and what growth. I don’t believe in top tens or bests ofs; I’d much prefer a bludgeoning. So here are some images all taken in 2016. Probably a hundred plus. From distant shores and islands to mountains and temples and cities and everything else in between. Some work and some personal. Some that have made it into my portfolio and others that have fallen onto the cutting room floor. In no particular order. But all here now. So behold. And thank you. I don’t say that enough.

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A man salutes the late afternoon sun overlooking Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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A small Hindu temple near Anjuna Beach, in northern Goa, India.
Details from It Happened To Be A Closet in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand.
A cityscape of Bangkok, Thailand through a hotel window.
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Palm fronds and crystal blue waters on Ritidian beach in northern Guam.
A portrait of a Chamorro seafarer, holding an axe he uses to build canoes.
Locks of love at Two Lovers Point in Guam.
Thien Mua Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam.
Rice fields in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.
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A young woman walks into the open plains of northern Mongolia.
An old Russian van on the road in northern Mongolia.
A Tsaatan man poses for a portrait with his horse in northern Mongolia.
An old bomb at a war memorial near the southern coast of Guam.
A young man holds a land crab for sale along the roadside in southern Guam.
Crystal clear waters and white sand beaches on Guam island.
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The facade of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, India.
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The spa at La Veranda resort in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.
Yoga on the lawn of the Intercontinental Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand.
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The Cai Rang floating market outside of Can Tho in southern Vietam.
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A young monk sweeps the grounds at Tham Krabok temple in Saraburi, Thailand.
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A woman at the local market in downtown Panjim, India.
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A portrait of Boonsong Samrong outside of his home and gym in Rayong, Thailand.
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Kanlaya Chaiwarae and her three sons at their home in Rayong, Thailand.
Thailand Mourns The Death Of King Bhumibol
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