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Of all the infrared photos I’ve taken, this is perhaps my favorite. The charm of infrared photography is that it lets you see things in a different light: people look a bit alien, clouds become dramatic, foliage turns white … as this colorful lotus with its green leaves did. To see lotuses in color, you […]
The Toshiba T5200 that sits under my desk is the computer that made the biggest impact on my computing life. It had a 20MHz 80386 processor, a VGA gas-plasma screen with 16-grayscale display, 92 full-size keys, and a 100MB hard disk! — deserving of an exclamation mark in that era — and for about a […]
I have pleasant memories of staying in the Buckminster Fuller room at the Penang Hill Hotel and taking the funicular railway down to town every day. And Leela grew up in Penang so she has even more memories of this pleasant mode of transport to the cool heights of Penang Hill. So when we boarded […]
Every year for 10 years, I was involved in the creation of Cathay Pacific’s commercials for the annual Hong Kong Sevens rugby event. Of all of spots, this is my favorite. It was the first time we featured the airline’s flight attendants, and we put them on the pitch against real rugby players and added a bit of Cathay Pacific’s renowned personal service to allow the girls to win the game with guile rather than brute strength.
Sort of clockwise from left: iPad, iPhone in JBL speaker/charger, MacBook Pro on Rain aluminum stand, Nikko teacup, Okion USB hub, Toolbar vacuum flask with Chinese tea, clock given to me by Leela in celebration of our monthly anniversary on 3 May 1996 (we met on 3 January 1992), LaCie 4TB Thunderbolt hard drive, Magic […]
I’ve mentioned before that one of the interesting things about photography is that you often don’t know exactly what you’ve captured until you bring it up on the big screen later. In this case, the surprise was being able to read the tattoo — Never Look Back. If this man shares that philosophy, he takes […]
Ok, so I wrote on one of my photos, but it seemed appropriate at the time. After looking at the brands available in Hong Kong and checking their credentials online, we decided on Frenz eggs from New Zealand. We know there are legal discrepancies in what “free-range” means, so we just looked at what free-range […]
Every photographer takes one of those stupid photos in a mirror with his or her gear covering his or her face — for which, I guess we should be thankful. So here’s my sheep-like entry in the genre … shot into a 3x-power makeup mirror on Leela’s dressing table. Actually, the only reason I pointed […]
There’s the interior design company called “homeless,” seen here, and then there’s the social problem of the homeless — you don’t see many of them living on the streets in Hong Kong, but there is a real housing problem in the city. While we and the business world tout our lassez faire attitude to the […]
More wisdom from the alleyways … presented in easy-reading format below: They say graffiti frightens people and is symbolic of a decline in society, but graffiti is only dangerous in the mind of three types of people: politicians advertising executives and graffiti writers. U did Gd. AND U WILL NEVER WALK ALONE
Pat and I have been friends for over 10 years now. She was in charge of the Traffic department on the Cathay Pacific Central Team when I joined McCann. It wasn’t long before I appreciated her professionalism and no-nonsense style when it came to getting work through the agency. And she’s one of the few […]
I’m thinking of contacting National Geographic, knowing how rare it is to see, much less photograph, a cat drinking from a faucet. It’s even rarer to photograph this particular animal, since he doesn’t like being photographed at all — point a camera at him and he’ll usually turn his back, growl his displeasure, or head […]