Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Show 2012

The Spring Show of 2012 at Photocentral is here. Yours truly have 3 photographs in the show. We had a reception yesterday night and it was a great party. For those of you who've missed, the show continues until May 17. The gallery is in Hayward and it opens Mondays 5pm-10pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm, and Saturdays 12pm-3pm. Call me or email me and I can give you a private tour as well. It would be a fun family activity or even a fun date :)

For those who still can't make it, I'm going to give you a little virtual tour of my photos here. I am showing 3 photographs: Sunset at Oakland Hills, Abandoned, and Kosaten.

Sunset at Oakland Hills was taken during a photography club event back in October last year. The weather was perfect as scattering clouds made for interesting light. I was planning to leave after sunset. However, I saw many members still staying. So, I decided to wait for a little while. It turned out to be the most exciting photographic opportunity. I was completely captivated by these astonishing colors at dusk! Sometimes, serendipity awaits those who are patient.

Abandoned was taken when I was traveling in Nikko (日光), Japan, this past winter. I passed by this strangely abandoned gas station 4 times while riding on a bus. It was only in late afternoon of my last day in Nikko that I finally visited. It was around 4:30 and I knew I only had roughly 30 minutes before the sun set. It felt funny and unusual to see the inside of a gas pump for the first time. I also found its cover nearby. It's not only abandoned, but it looked like it's looted, I couldn't help thinking. There was some furniture lying around in the office. There were also recent campaign posters on the walls. When was it abandoned? Why? Once, a great civilization disappeared suddenly, its traces yearning for attention, and curious photographers like me.

Kosaten (交差点) is the Japanese word for intersection. It was taken during the same Japanese trip this past winter. I was in a Starbucks on the 2nd floor in Shibuya, Tokyo. It's easily the busiest intersection in the world. Every minute, when the light turned green thousands of people from all directions would try to cross. I found a table by the window. It was a perfect spot. But as soon as I took out my tripod I was stopped by a staff. I sat back, contemplating my next move. The table was a good platform. I had to tilt my camera downward though and I needed stabilization. I looked at the Mandarin oranges that I bought. OK, they're perfect for that. So, the image you saw was captured with the help of Mandarin oranges! A moment later, a bus was caught in between the intersection. Pedestrians decided to be indifferent and made their way across. Life went on. I was sitting in a coffee shop, watching the world revolve around me. It was truly a luxury.

I hope you enjoy Spring Show 2012 and my photography. For my work, you can visit

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