Yin / Yang
Last week I flew down to Phu Quoc, a lovely island off the southwest coast of Vietnam, for a luxury resort shoot. The manager, being a warm, generous soul, said it would be fine for my family to come along and stay in one of their swank villas for the week while I toiled (er, somewhat.. not really) under the sun working on their shot list with an affable graphic designer from Saigon. So my three month-old son got to swim in the sea for the very first time, which was a huge deal for us as we are water people, and want him to spend as much time in an around water as possible.
The shooting brief consisted mostly of detail shots – design, architecture, mood, suggestive images etc… lots of fun, and much more creative than the more literal shooting briefs I sometimes am faced with.
After Phu Quoc, we flew to Saigon and spent a few days with friends. I took a little time to head over to District 1 and meet my friend Ben, with whom I’ve been brainstorming on a photography project that he came up with a few months ago. This project takes us about as far to the other end of the photographic spectrum as you can get while still staying in the “design/architecure” realm – one structure is a new neo-French colonial style resort, the other is a real French colonial building built in the 1920s. But the old building is falling apart, is doomed to be knocked down, and we’re hoping to capture some of the stories between its walls before that happens. And its a personal project, so no payday. Which makes me like it all the more.
Juggling career and family, art and commerce, it’s all about balance.