Hey guys! It's been a while. Crazy last 6 months; it simultaneously felt like I was doing everything in the world, and nothing at all. In reality, I think I spent most of that gaming. Anyone up for a round of Overwatch? Carry me into diamond plz.
Took a solid break from the camera! Sometimes it's good to take time away from even the things you love. It certainly afforded me the time I needed to rest, refocus and re-invigorate. At some point I lost the reason behind why I fell in love with photography. For those of you who've ever gone through something similar, regardless of whatever field it's in, don't be afraid to take the time you need to give purpose to whatever it is you do. I think you'll be able to see a real change in attitude, motivation and happiness. I emerged with a clearer vision of where I want to go, and the sort of stuff I want to be creating; not a definite future, as the future is always fluid (and to ignore that is, in my opinion, the most naïve thing you can do), but a direction. And I'll start heading that way and build my own path as I go.
I hope you've been enjoying the stuff you're seeing! You probably already know I spent the last month in my home country of China, visiting old friends and relatives between Shenzhen in the south, and Beijing in the north. It was a really great trip, one I've been meaning to do for a while; on my last trip through the Middle country, I was equipped with only my iPhone 6, and next to no knowledge in regards to photographic (or videographic) skill. They say that anyone can take a photo, and they're not wrong; it's more like a half truth. The quality of your gear, the keenness of your eye, how in-tune you are with the people you're shooting with, or the location you're immersing yourself into; these are all things that will have an effect on the way you perceive a space and a shot, and will definitely translate across into differences in end product. I was really excited to explore my birth country from behind the viewfinder of my trusty Sony a7ii.
The trip definitely did not disappoint. I didn't quite get to see everything that I wanted, but that's an inevitability of life, I think. Plus, it means that when I come back through the next time around (which is soon, hopefully), I will still have many more places to see, visit and discover. Mind you, China is a bloody huge country. You could stay there for 3 months and be rushed to see everything you wanted to, I think. You'll see a lot more imagery in the coming weeks to months, as I work through my backlog. Also accompanying that imagery will be a movie, which I am very happy to be making in collaboration with my close friend and beatmaker Annie. To see more of her stuff, find her over on Instagram at @annniebui, or on her Soundcloud. It's really exciting to be working on this with her; video has always been something I've admired and wanted to experiment with, and I'm keen to pick up some new skills and perspectives. Annie also has an amazing ability with a keyboard, and I'm ready for her to blow us all away. Keep your eyes peeled for the video!
Thinking of blogging more regularly. If you're keen to see that happen, get in touch with me and let me know what you'd like to see!
Until next time,
All the best