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
Nikon D90 (12.3 megapixels, even if “size doesn’t matter”)
SanDisc Extreme II 2GB cards, Tripods, Filters (mostly polarizer and UV)
Backup on external dedicated hard drive
Google Picasa for managing and for non-destructive pre-editing
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
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.