29 December 2008

Christmas Day

I tend to keep away from crowds on Christmas Days. This year I decided to go somewhere random. The rule is get on and get off the train whenever I feel like to, just purely following the feelings... This is what I always want to do and now I did it.

The trip started at Armadale station...

I found this happy cyclist with red shoes when the train passed by somewhere station...

then, I found this twisted bark at Diamond Creek...

after that, I saw these 'repaired' bars on the road at Ivanhoe...

an eaten apple and empty Pepsi on the rail...

finally after going to Hoppers Crossing, I felt like to go home.

{If there is something you want to do, do it now, otherwise it's never going to happen.}

23 December 2008

Nathan Gray

Origami with Nathan Gray

I went to Nathan Gray's workshop at the Narrows last Saturday. He shared his experience and interesting things he met in Brazil, and then we did origami together. We made this massive origami out of 30 sheets of his exhibition poster, which is designed to be used as origami paper. At the end, I was lucky enough to take this origami home when the exhibition ends. yay
Love the idea of reusing the poster and of cousre, the workshop.

Nathan Gray Exhibition Poster

22 December 2008



Yesterday was the last working day of 2008. yay
Since we were workig for celebrities, everyone was stressed out (including the flashes) One of the flashes burnt three times during the function, which never happens before. It's a new record!!! So, I kept the fuses. They all have different looks. Lucky me, found something interesting again.

15 December 2008

a real break

Undiscovered Island

I found this island while I was doing random cooking. It is the last bit of Chinese cabbage. I have seen and eaten so many of them, but I have never found an island before. Isn't it cute?
A piece of A4 sheet and a good spot with natural light give me a mini studio at home.

12 December 2008

night snaps

Camera Modes
[top] manual
[middle] macro
[bottom] auto
I was just having fun with my compact digital camera. Even though it's not a professional camera it still brings me lots of fun. Fault is always more interesting than perfectness.

Warner Bros Pictures
When I saw this reflections on the window, Warner Bros movies opening was the first thing in my mind. If you dont knonw what I am talking about, the link is here

09 December 2008

Hello, Sunrise

Sunrise @ Hume Highway

I saw this beautiful sunrise on the way sending Jane to the airport.
I think the last sunrise I saw was also on the way to airport (from Prato to Rome). Sunrise is always fascinating and ravishing (when assignment is not due on the day)
I saw the reflections of sun light on the windows in the mirror through the window. Does it make sense? One more, the frame of mirror frames the back windows in this frame. I just like the tricks and the mutiple reflections and framings :p

03 December 2008

Black & White V

Ned Kelly

I have been hearing his name all the time, but I had no idea what he did and why he became an icon. I thought he might be someone like Robin Hood, but after googling him, seems not... he just a bandit, right?

29 November 2008

Black & White IV

Before Frozen @ Flinders Stree Station

I feel I am a bit tricky to post one photo per post, even they are from the same roll of film. Each photo is so individual by itself
and doesn't relly go with others. That's the better way to present them...
getting picky.

By the way, I think this photo sells the boots very well, it has the potential to be an ad image. And also it reminds me Darren's phrase, '...graphic design people leave space for text in their photos...'
very true.

27 November 2008

[Black & White] III

I'm not that fragile

I haven't shot with black and white films for ages... most of them were shot under very bad conditions (super dark, super windy and super heavy rain etc...) I am so pleased that most of the photos turned up okay. Eventhough they are not sharp, some of them are pretty blurry and grainy, but I reckon these 'natural special effects' do make the pictures more interesting.

25 November 2008

[Black & White] II

Storm @ Wangaratta

Things happened.
It's hard, but I still need to move on.

23 November 2008

[Black & White]

frozen @ flinder street station

I have been wishing time could be frozen recently.
I need a quiet moment to think...

EOY 2008

I was on duty for the exhibition yesterday and the weather was real bad... [Positive thinking: there would be less visitors which would be easier for shooting] Suprisingly, alot people came! And most of them were not only flipping the books but also actually read the books. I recived quite alot positive feedback :) btw, I was awarded for the strength & development of my design ability.Yay.

The task for myself from last week is to take proper photos for the exhibition. I found that the exhibition space is hard to shoot. The spot lights and the ceiling were the things that annoyed me the most, and also I rarely shoot space. Maybe my skill is getting rusty as well... so lots of the photos didn't turn out good... anyway here they are.

getting personal...

please come, have a seat and read...

16 November 2008

this book belongs to me

Monash Art & Design Degree Show 2008

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) Graduation Exhibition

these books belong to...

15—28 November

Monday—Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Art & Design Building (G)
Caulfield Campus
Monash University

Yay, we made it!
This is our lovely graduation exhibition. As a graphic design student, the most we made in the past 3 years are books. WE MAKE BOOKS. This is where the theme of the exhibtion came from. The show is presented as a reading room which exhibits the books we made for this exhibition.
We finished the set up on Thursday afternoon, I was so excited to show everyone our exhibition. However, I only had my compact digital camera in my hand and the room was quite dim... Sorry, for the poor quality photos...
I think my task for next week is to take proper picture of the show, so that I can show my parents and friends who cannot come to the show. I need a proper camera!!!!!! I am saving money for 5D at the moment... [working hard]
Exhibition Lamps
I made 6 lamps [screwed up one >_<] last week for the show.... It's a great fun to do paper folding, but not so fun to do 6 at once and all of them are half meter tall. Anyway, they look great now. Thanks to the person who invites the folding, you are amazing.

Decorative Books
Decorative Books are purely for decoration. Each book is folded from a piece of paper.They can be displayed in concertina forms, or cylinder forms by slotting the end to the beginning page.
The idea of decorative book is inspired by my random thought. I find some people buy encyclopedias, literatures and heavy text books to fill up and decorate the book shelves. They don't really read these books. So I decided to create a book which is purly for decoration.

04 November 2008

doing nothing is not fun

I have been waiting this moment for so long,
but it is not as good as what I imagined...
It's good to take a break and relax at some points,
but I think I still prefer doing works.
Since when I became a workaholic?

Finally, I took photo at this mysterious laundry place which is near the station. Don't know why I keep thinking a high fashion photo shoot at this place. Let's arrange it someday.

Found object at Armadale station platform 3

I prefer working... and other paper thing. This is a paper lamp shade I made for the exhibition.

27 October 2008

end? not really...

Be Conscious
The most exciting part of folio production....cutting...

I made it

Finally, I made it. I did something I've been saying all the time. ' the weather is so nice...we should be in st kilda, not computer lab...' After the folio submission, we went straight to the beach!!!

20 October 2008

Silk Road

This is kind of freshly done. It's the a mapping project.
I mapped the products and techniques that were exported form China to other countries through the Silk Road. Each pattern represents one product and each fold represents one country. The map is read from right to left, east to west (from China to Europe). When the map is fully opened, it becomes a long piece of patterned paper, like a fabric.

Don't Be Pathetic

Finally, I handed in my essay. It has been torturing me for a week.
This was not fun, seriously. After that, don't know why I felt sooooooo relax... even though I haven't done anything for the folio yet. Gosh......

Anyway, I can now fully work on my folio.

Light Reflection Practice no. 2
Since the weather was so nice today, I went out for a walk and practice my 'light reflection skill'. Well, these photos have nothing to do with the 'artificial' refletion tho... they're just something I found interesting while the reflection practice. Something abstract... The theme fits with one of the exhibition books I made Light & Shadow, but um... I got them done already, too late. Yea, the exhibition books have been done weeks ago, and I am quite happy with them. But I won't post the pictures for the finished books until the exhibition begins :p Wanna keep this suprise, so please check out our exhibition, details will be posted soon.



ping no.3

10 October 2008


I kept saying how good the photos with sunlight were, and forgot to post those with flashes last week. I was so unexperienced, and took me ages to got the shoot done. I definitely need more practice...

Optic Nerve Exhibition Invitation Card
/Studio set up with proper lighting and camera
/Canon 5D (f/2.8 70 mm) + 3 flashes

Optic Nerve Exhibition Invitation Card (interior)
/Random snap shot with tungstenlight
/Canon IXUS 40 (f/2.8 5.8mm) + lamp

Ping Paper Cut
/Home set up shoot with Sabi's camera
/Nikon D70 (f/2.8 macro) + natural light

Ping Paper Cut II
/Random snap shot with tungstenlight
/Canon IXUS 40 (f/2.8 5.8mm) + lamp

17 days to go......

04 October 2008

Mum is here...

I did the photo shoot for my folio at Roei's place yesterday. He was so nice that set up the lighting for me which made the shoot go alot smoother. The lighting was real good, but still, it took us qutie a while to make it perfect. (super bright and clean)
The sunlight was so nice this morning, so I decided to shoot my jewellery work again with the perfect sunlight. And the outcome was so good and so close to the lighting we had yesterday...

The Power of Nature

The Power of Freezer

um... of course this is not part of my jewellery work. I just found the colour scheme goes well with the jewellery :p By the way, I found this fly in the freezer, poor thing...