Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Portrober #29

One day, my wonderful friend Hannah Curwood and I grabbed her dog (Hayes), a horse, slathered them all in glitter and staged a ghostly shoot for her promo shots.
That evening, my laptop was stolen from my dining room table - I freaked out about how much work Hannah and I had just gone through - luckily we recovered the images through a deep scan of my camera's memory stick. Just letting you know, this is something you can do and it's awesome.
Hannah Curwood, Auckland. Digital. 2011.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Portrober #28

Joel Flyger (Popstrangers) for Real Groove. Digital. 2010.

Andrew Wilson (Die! Die! Die!), Flip Grater and Joel Flyger for Real Groove. Digital. 2010.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Portrober #27

Wolmido, on the hottest day of the year.
Wolmido, South Korea. Digital. 2009

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Portrober #26

Tula Ram in his home, post cataract surgery. Lambasa, Fiji. Digital. 2011.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Portrober #25

Wahoo! I'm really happy I can show you today's portrait, the cover of the long awaited debut album from Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes.
You can listen to stream the whole album on Cheese on Toast.
Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes album cover. Digital. 2013.

Also, wait until you see the back cover! There are nine Babyshakes and a whole lot more confetti...

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Portrober #24

Rose as Frida, Tawharanui. Digital. 2011.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Portrober #23

A self portrait (aided by Jenna-Lee Shave) taken at 7am one Saturday morning for a project called The Date.
The Date, Dunedin. 35mm film. 2005.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Portrober #22

Masked Avenger, Auckland. Digital. 2013.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Portrober #21

The asshole is me btw.
See The youtube Criers here.
The youtube Criers. Screenshots from youtube. 2007

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Portrober #20

This photo was not planned. This is just how all of my friends look at me.
Campus A Low Hum, Wainuomata. Digital. 2010

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Portrober #19

Farmer's Market, Dunedin. 35mm film. 2006.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Portrober #18

Can you believe this is an impromptu photo shoot? Actually, the lighting probably gives it away.
This was taken while Ashley was visiting me at my old working place, Modern Miss.

Ashley in Cheetah, Modern Miss, Dunedin. 35mm colour film. 2008.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Portrober #16

Today Claire came to straight to work from having a local anaesthetic at the dentist. We immediately staged a photo shoot next to the holds shelf at the bookstore using available light and black coat. 

This was Claire's full smile.
Zombie Claire. iphone w/ instagram. 2013.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Portrober #15

Today, Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes are releasing their single. Check it out!
We took this shot at the amazing Bar18 on Dominion Rd. It definitely meets all of my mood lighting, dry ice and karaoke needs.
Drink until I pass out promo shot for Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes. Digital. 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Portrober #14

This was taken on my little snappy digital at the Boryeong Mud Festival. Everything was so wet and muddy (obvs) that my camera did not last the weekend.

On my original blog post, I wrote that this little man "melts and freezes my heart at the same time." 
I still agree.
Mud Festival, Boryeong, South Korea. Digital. 2009.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Portrober #13

Minutes married...
 Shelly & Stephen. Digital. 2011.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Portrober #12

This is little Thu and her grandmother preparing a bath and then going out to play with neighbours. I couldn't choose one portrait! Luckily, I am friends with Thu's Dad Tien on facebook - so I can always see photos of her growing up!

I wrote more about this day here.
Thu's house, Hanoi, Vietnam. Digital. 2011.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Portrober #11

Wall Street, NYC. Digital. 2012.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Portrober #10

Here's an outtake of a shoot I did with the lovely Luckless aka. Ivy - the wind and her hair being our props. She's looking pretty excited here, I must have said something extremely funny.

Here's the shot we went with...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Portrober #9

This photo was taken as a potential press shot for my dear friend Anthonie Tonnon. We were driving through Paeroa to pick up vintage goods and lunch, when we stumbled on this incredible cafe, Tui's Takeaways. I bought a chicken and kumara pie and then asked if we could take some snaps.
We later decided that Tono's posture wasn't right to use this image for press - but I still think it has a great mood.
Anthonie at Tui's, Paeroa. Digital. 2013.

You can see the images we went with here and here.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Portrober #8

It's quite a luxurious position to be able to correct a lighting situation while photographing strangers.
 I only took these two shots of these cute little girls, but I was very happy to be able to jump on the other side of them so the light came from behind me, rather than them.

Labasa, Fiji. Digital. 2011.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Portrober #7

I've gotten a little behind because I am in the midst of a full on sinus infection. Luckily I'm not doing froctober as I would have only been capable of laying a dress on top of my fever ridden body.

 The tungsten bathroom light has not been forgiving in this image, however I still really like it. 
Eylish looks like a fresh little cherub expressing wonder at the bathroom tiles.
Eylish in the bath, Dunedin. 120mm film. 2006.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Portrober #6

In Korea, young men complete compulsory military or police service. From afar, they look like just an ordinary group of uniformed men. But, it's when you get closer, you see how young they really are. 

I'm so happy I caught this image from a moving bus.
Kim Dae Jung's Funeral, Seoul. Digital. 2009.

Portrober #5

I love these pictures of my dear friend Kirsty on her wedding day, a gorgeous auburn beauty amongst the Autumn leaves.

Here's Kirsty looking serene and contemplative...
And here she is all cute and giggly.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Portrober #4

This is Lawrence. His home is part of this dairy, in the tiny town of Labasa, on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. Liz and I tried to play a game of pool, but were embarrassingly bad.
Labasa, Fiji. Digital. 2011.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Portrober #3

Mum and I tried to recreate a photo of me with Maeve in the same dress. It didn't really work like we had planned, as we had an unenthusiastic model who wasn't rolling with our vision. However, I do love some of the shots I got - especially this one as it shows off my dress beautifully.

Maeve in Jenna's dress, Dunedin. Digital. 2013

Updated: Here's the photo of me wearing the same dress, Maeve definitely wins on the hair growing race.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Portrober #2

I used this image in a mixed media artwork where photos of peaceful protest were displayed alongside audio of Australian reporters. The national media spoke in extreme distaste of the protesters on this day, explaining that all of the protestors were violent, had no clear message and were throwing urine filled balloons.

G20 Protest in Melbourne. 35mm film. 2006.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Portrober #1

About 5 minutes ago, I decided that I need to rehash some old portraits into the Harrow Kimchi blogosphere. I have many photo things going on, but nothing you're allowed see yet. October is the month! Portrober it now is - maybe it will not just be portraits...who knows? Just bare with me.

Anywho, this is my extremely beautiful, talented and warm friend Jade Lee Hoy. I've actually been staring at her face a lot in the past few weeks as she commissioned me to draw her face - I will show you that later.
Jade in the East Village, NYC. Digital. 2012.

Herbie Flowers III - an obiturary

Some people would wonder why one would write an obituary for one's cat, but then some would wonder why one wouldn't not write an obituary. So here is mine.

Herbie Flowers was not the first Herbie Flowers to come into my life. In fact, he was the third.

a) Herbie Flowers the original, was a session bassist for many a prolific musician. He wrote the bass line for Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed. He played on War of the Worlds. He's also the cutest, dapper elderly man you've ever seen.

b) Herbie Flowers #2 was one of our first foster kittens. He turned out to be a she, and was adopted by an 8 year boy whom named her Bubbles.

 c) Herbie Flowers #3 was my very first cat where I had sole ownership. Originally named Amare, he was adopted by a family, abandoned with a sibling, lived rogue, poisoned (his sibling died.) He was then taken into foster care where he had a full dental extraction and then came to our Burnley Tce flat.

 I was attracted to his wiggly little face, hugely fluffy tail and extremely loyal nature. Best of all, he sat like a human and would spend many an hour on Stu's knee as he studied and mine as I worked on my computer, resting his paws on our desks.
If people asked me how I was, I would just tell them about Herbie - just like a new mother.

It was very strange last Wednesday when Herbie didn't come in when did my usual night call. Even if he didn't want to come in, he would pop his head up and let me know. It was even more worrying the next morning - and then I had to fly to Dunedin.
After a poster run, we heard very quickly that Herbs was hit by a car one street over from ours. I have since met his finders and undertakers, an adorable elderly couple - who buried him under a lovely tree.

As all living things that die earlier than one expected, it's both shocking and sad. You miss not only the times you had, but also the times to come. Herbie was very much a part of our daily routine, so there is a constant reminder that he is not there. There's nothing much left to say, except it's extremely shit when your cat dies.