About this site

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As a professional designer, photography has always been around me. I even had the chance to have a great photography teacher, Veronique Huyghe, at Les Ateliers/ensci, the design school I attended in Paris for 5 years. I also had the chance to work with Karen Mullarkey, a great person and former Director of Photography at Life Magazine, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and Sport Illustrated to quote a few. I joined the Palo Alto Camera Club (California) in March 2006, which I’m now supporting as co-president. Here is the link to the club.

This photoblog is a photo journal, a log of my photo journey. It tracks what I learn, some of the photos I made, the editing techniques I use, and the feedback I gather around me. Feel free to add your comments and feedback, this place is also meant to be a forum, a place of exchange.

Artist Statement (I had to write one recently for an exhibit…)
«Photography helps me experience the distinction between vision and creation. I’m learning that I only see what my mind wants me to see. Everyday I practice my ability to shape and create new intentions. And the images I take reflect invariably who I am being. Photography has now become an integral part of my personal growth process, a real-time digital mirror of my moods and thoughts, a form of visual meditation.

There is no objectivity in reporting the world, but only subjective interpretations fueled by our personal stories and past experiences. The photographer tells a story, a by-product of her mental journey. The photography depicts the photographer.

I want to see the world as an all-you-can-eat buffet of strange and funny circumstances. And quirky humor becomes available all around me, everywhere I want to see it. The law of attraction says that we live in a world of intention, I believe it. I believe that my creation is nothing less or more than the manifestation of a strong desire.

I’m who my pictures say I am.»

For those who wonder, here is my equipment

Camera
Nikon D90 (12.3 megapixels, even if “size doesn’t matter”)

Lenses
Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 (constant aperture)
Nikkor 70-210 f/4.0 (constant aperture) (my favorite lens)
Nikkor 18-70 f3.5-5.6
Nikkor 35mm f/1.2

Accessories
SanDisc Extreme II 2GB cards, Tripods, Filters (mostly polarizer and UV)
Backup on external dedicated hard drive

Software

Google Picasa for managing and for non-destructive pre-editing
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

Printing
11×14 and 12×18 at Costco photo center (upload on the web, pickup at local store). Prints done within a couple hours and < $4.00 ea. Nice quality.