Earlier this year, I had epic fun shooting my friend and musician Asha Edmund. Her voice is distinguishable yet versatile with the style of music that coincides with my musical tastes. Do check out her latest tracks at http://www.reverbnation.com/ashaedmund .
The idea first spawned with her in her bathrobe eating cereal topped with little disco balls. It pays homage to the early days, where we both would attend nightclubs after nightclubs for her performances. I would lend her my funky hats and we would create a look for her show. She has since then branched out conquering the music scene in Singapore and abroad while collecting already several awards and accolades along the way. It truly makes me happy to see her succeed in doing she does best. Sing her heart out. As friends we’ve both come along way from the beginning as actors on stage. Playing in parks, little auditoriums and theaters, perfecting our craft like a sponge in the ocean, throughout the years of theatre school. In those years I moon lighted as a dancer, performer, talent and model to support myself through education. I did very little catwalk ( I have to thank the Saigonese part of the family for that, sorry mother but true). I did have the opportunity to appear in editorials and lots of teen magazines, which I’ve kept quite a good job at keeping it hidden from everyone all these years. I knew I was safe when I googled myself and nothing came up from my past. Thankfully. I also did some nude modeling for photography/fine art classes. Those experiences allowed me to experience it from the other side, in front of the camera.
On hindsight, It is actually through Drama training that I understood the play of light, how to frame a shot, learnt to critique, to direct my subjects and the one most paramount lesson I learnt, was discipline. The discipline that goes into creating art.
I have no doubt acting, also plays into my love of dramatics in my aesthetic. I love to tell a story through my images, to create art pieces not just to make a picture. It is not hard to photograph a person wearing clothes, with the help of makeup artistes and lighting, it could look good but what is the image trying to say? Is is something that has been seen before? What are you portraying? An Idea? A theme? What is it that intention? Would you do a double take at the photograph or would you turn the page?
On hindsight, It is actually through Drama training that I understood the play of light, how to frame a shot, learnt to critique, to direct my subjects and the one most paramount lesson I learnt, was discipline. The discipline that goes into creating art. One should always be learning and growing as an artiste. Having one successful image, winning a competition and relying on your laurels is not enough. Not nearly good enough for me, but its a start. After a bit of history, let’s get back to some “Disco Ball Munchin.”
Here are my favorites from the shoot and remember
“A daily dose of Disco is good for your soul”!
Now I am Ready for the World! Yawxers!