For the past two years or so, I have made an environmental portrait of a doctor each month for a magazine column. In that time, the staff at the Macau University of Science and Technology Hospital have gamely suffered my quixotic attempts to find new pictures in an undeniably beige venue. I have also become somewhat accustomed to donning scrubs, although I still often select the wrong size.
These are a few recent portraits of MUST doctors.
This fall brought an unusually large number of portrait assignments at the Venetian casino/resort in Macau. The Venetian is an enormous structure that is nearly always brimming with people and famously difficult to navigate for newcomers. Portrait locations that are graphically interesting and uncrowded are rare and difficult to locate; there are vast numbers of people congregating, milling, jostling just about everywhere.
I have spent an inordinate amount of time at China Rouge - close to two weeks total, I imagine, for various projects - yet the place remains an exotic destination. The venue is designed around a maze of serpentine hallways lined with dark paneling, partially occluded mirrors and opaque etched glass. During business hours, those elements mix with dramatic lighting and clouds of smoke to thoroughly mysterious effect.