I don't photograph celebrities all that often, so it's interesting to see how people respond to the images I do end up making. I shot Andy Hui for Galaxy Magazine a few months back; the editor of the magazine later wrote in to say that the pictures were a hit around the office, which is by no means an everyday reaction (as much as my ego may wish otherwise).
Pictures from recent editorial and commercial photography assignments around China, Macau, and Hong Kong. Most work involves food, portraiture, or industrial locations.
Locally known for offering bungee jumping, the Macau Tower also features something called Tower Climb; instead of jumping off the tower, visitors can grab a harness and climb to the very top of the spire's communications mast.
The 338 meter Macau Tower is presently rated 19th tallest tower in the world, dwarfing the Eiffel Tower (#27), amongst others. Standing at the tower's peak, there isn't anything to grasp save for the relatively flimsy lightning rod at one's side, and the aircraft warning lights at one's feet.
A recurring assignment this year has been a series of portraits at the Macau University of Science and Technology hospital for MacauINC magazine. The hospital is marketing itself as something of a destination medical facility for vacationing mainland Chinese patients; in the magazine, the doctors at the facility are introduced to those potential patients through a series of stories about their individual practices.
Air Macau Magazine asked me to take a ride up to Changsha a couple months ago to photograph a travel feature about the city. Although Changsha is around 700 km north of Guangzhou, the high-speed train network here has made that distance seem significantly shorter; a trip up to the Hunan province city clocks in at around two and a half hours.
Macau Inc. magazine asked me to photograph gaming billionaire Francis Lui at the Galaxy Macau hotel/casino complex a few months ago. I often shoot assignments at Galaxy both for the resort and outside outlets; I have literally spent weeks there filming property videos for two of the sub-properties as well as the main resort and have since returned frequently for Galaxy Magazine assignments.
That level of familiarity can make finding good portrait locations difficult; I have either shot imagery in most visually-relevant parts of the property or had abundant exposure to work other people have produced in those areas. The place is also crawling with people, signage and other obstacles (like the Macau government prohibitions on photography on the actual casino floor).
The Sky Casino, where I photographed Mr. Lui, is as close as I've come to an ideal business portrait location at the property.
The exclusive club of sorts resides on an upper floor reserved for gaming high rollers. Even though the areas where I was allowed to shoot lack any obvious gaming paraphernalia, the place still screams casino. Nearly all surfaces are carpeted in polished rock, swaddled in gaudy bangles or sprouting some ornate bauble. The reception counter even features things that somewhat resemble Oscar statues perched below windows patterned to resemble erect peacock plumage.