Captured by the Canon 500D

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It’s always in my family’s agenda to travel whenever we could. When we first came to Australia, my Dad used to play senior badminton tournaments interstate and in New Zealand and we’d road trip together with  his teammates and their families.

Badminton isn’t the reason why we travel to this day, it was only the first few times experiencing traveling together as a family that we’ve grown to love it. Singapore, Jakarta and Bali became our main destinations of travel, right after my Dad stopped  playing tournaments. These cities particularly were of great convenience given that most of our family live there. Overtime my Dad’s  work got more and more demanding, so  my Mom, sister and I flew to other cities in Asia and would usually find ourselves getting lost in  the middle of these busy cities and end up somewhere on the outskirts – that’s the beauty of travelling. There’s not much of a difference between a life on the road and everyday life. The  lessons I learned  while travelling have always applied to everyday life, therefore I think it’s healthy to travel!

Welcome to my travel gallery (hit the refresh button if the photos don’t load properly).

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These shots were taken from my Canon 500D. Prior to  my Year 12 Photography classes, I was well equipped with a standard 8 megapixel digital camera. It was compact and whenever I go travelling  I would never leave this baby behind – I made sure it was first thing I packed.

Obviously the quality of smartphone cameras almost exceed the quality of digital cameras today. As a result, I stopped carrying  my digital camera since  my iPhone is equally as good, the only exception is the storage which my phone doesn’t have much of compared to the camera’s SD card. But still, phone and digital cameras didn’t  fully capture  the right photos I wanted. I’m talking about fiddling with Depth of field, aperture speeds and exposure times. I was still on the hunt for something that allowed me to do this.

Catching up with my uncle in Taiwan a couple years back, I  discovered his Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera. I visited him with Mom and he allowed me to use his DSLR to take a few snaps while we were holidaying in Taipei. I  played around with its settings and manually adjusted the focus, it felt like a device that knew exactly what I wanted. Going forward,  I’m only a hobbyist and thought about an entry level DSLR. Keep in mind that it  doesn’t always matter how good the actual camera is, but it’s the lenses that affect the result of a photo (big time!).

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That’s pretty much the birth of my Canon 500D camera, which isn’t compact but certainly a lot more portable and affordable than my uncle’s camera. Some programs I use for editing and organizing my  own photos is Adobe Lightroom and sometimes if I want to make quick edits on the phone, VSCO is a great app to edit photos on the go. There is also a link to see some videos I made using Adobe Premiere   and iMovie.

Another one of my hobbies lie in  videography, I’ve never had a specific device for this in the past as I only usually  recorded on my phone or camera. My bestie’s good at this stuff and sometimes our friends would get annoyed at her for holding the camera too much. I get why, because nothing’s more satisfying than rewatching a hilarious video of your friends playing drinking games or even sober board games.  Until the GoPro trend hit the market, I was invested in the world of videography and was amazed at how well it recorded footage on a small camera. To those reading this, get one, please, and never look back!

Catch my photos here  and my videos here.

Zenith

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In Melbourne, street fashion is growing faster than ever. Bomber and puffer jackets have dominated clothing racks in retailers and oversized sweaters paired with tights and sneakers have been the go-to winter outfit for many youngsters. Celebrities collaborating with designers such as Jeremy Scott and Raf Simons and of course the likes of my favorite girl band 2NE1 are endorsers of  this street style.

With this kind of influence, it’s no question why we’ve seen the birth of Giuseppe Zanotti in David Jones and Raf Simmons with Adidas in selected boutique sneaker shops. New retail stores like Sneakerboy   and  Republic Boutique  are the few street fashion hubs across  Melbourne and Sydney.

A store selling luxury street fashion does not yet exist in this city….until July 9th that is. Zenith is a new shop situated in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. It’s a condensed version of Collins St all under the one roof and I had the privilege of  getting  my first look at the opening.

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It’s a small space and from what I’ve observed, most of the items they stock are sweaters, t-shirts, bags and bag charms. I also wouldn’t have been able to find this gem if it wasn’t for my dear friend, June Chen, who was working with the Zenith team to create a  series of hand sculptures for a wall installation. June is a fellow artist who I connected with from a uni friend and  although I love street clothing, I was mainly at the opening  to see her work. The street clothing is of course a bonus!

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I thought the hands looked very realistic and were executed perfectly. They are moulds taken from real hands! She told me her  models had to sit in a chair for half an hour, in order for the hands to set before they could get taken off. It goes to show you how much patience and energy any sculpture requires. The worst thing is knowing that there’s a high possibility of breaking them as they are incredibly  fragile especially after they’ve dried, they’re prone to cracking if not moistened enough. From my past  experiences creating sculptures in my art classes and external projects, every  sculpture I ever made had cracks and annoying fingerprints. Only with the right skills, tools and bucket loads of patience will you have the ability  to deliver at a high standard. 

Whether you’re into funky luxurious streetwear or an art or interior design enthusiast, Zenith is always open for you to see. Go have a look and don’t touch the hands! 

2016 Outstanding Illustration Artists in Asia

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At this rate I could spam my website with all that’s happened in the Asia Art and Design exhibition but I’ve probably done enough of that across my social media channels. The Asia Art and Design platform hosted their exhibition this year along with a publication showcasing 40 selected artists from the Asia Pacific region. Last September I was announced to be in the lineup to represent Australia and was also proud to hear that some of my artist friends were on board as well, Croter Hung from Taipei, Miloza Ma from Hong Kong and Evan Raditya Pratomo from Indonesia.

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Held in the  Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, the AAD exhibition promotes a diverse body of artists, each having their own unique style made with different materials. Each piece had their own lightbox.

I wasn’t able to attend the exhibition but I did manage to get my hands on a copy of the official AAD book (thanks for mailing a huge book!). The beautiful cover art is taken from Evan’s illustration “Filled Her Lungs”. The design makes the book feel special from the moment you hold it. The idea of using a transparent cover to create the illusion of depth is an instant eye-catcher and Evan’s graphic amplifies that effect.

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In one of my recent posts I mentioned SAKIROO being the guest speaker of the event. His work has received international recognition and his A-list clientele is living proof of how memorable his work is. A South Korean-born character designer and illustrator, he took to the stage to share his inspiration and his vibrant portfolio with the much-captivated audience. It is bold artists like SAKIROO who are the fabric of this modern creative era.

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It’s worth taking a careful look at his work. www.sakiroo.com is the cure to your creative block if you ever come across one.

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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