I love this shot I took during an event a couple of days ago. It’s one of those moments which passes in seconds. I am contemplating whether I should shave my beard unless it grows white and I grow as fat (and adorable) as Santa. The recent tan I got from my beach holidays might have contributed to my “scary” look. Well, on the bright side, I think most kids and babies love me cause I have that love for them oozing out of me (I think… haha).
But kids are cute and adorable (on pictures) whether they are crying or laughing. The shot is not “perfect” with the maid standing behind but she does seem to be an authoritative figure standing and watching silently behind. In portrait photography, an expressive moment caught outlaws all compositional rules we were taught sometimes.
Because film is imperfect. Film is coated with a layer of chemical emulsion that can be easily scratched or finger-printed by human. Loading a roll of film requires human touch. Unloading a roll of film also requires human touch. In fact, the whole process of developing a roll of film, whether it’s by the lab or D.I.Y. requires human touch.
Unlike in digital, pixels are often perfect. Technology advances toward perfection. We have perfectly clean ISO6400 today. We also have super-sharp digital images, perfect white balance, and Photoshop to perfect our images further. Yet, so many software are trying to introduce “film flaws” back into digital photography via plug-ins, photo filters, etc. It’s ironic!
I love film because film is imperfect. It reminds me that life is imperfect. It reminds me to accept what I cannot change.
A friend in Facebook recently wrote: ” Life is not always a bed of roses. Will you allow your unhappiness to overwhelm you or will you try to find a ray of sunshine through the seemingly dark skies? It is all a matter of choice.”
My comment was, “To enjoy the fragrance, softness n beauty of roses, we need to accept the thorns too.”
What’s roses without thorns anyway? It creates depth of field. Hahaha…
Oh yeah.. she’s no longer a baby. She’s 3 this year. I have been a photographer for this family for years and it all started with her parents’ wedding years ago. Pics of her birthday party last year is HERE. Here are the some of my favourite pictures this year. For all those who are interested to hire me as your photographer and wish to view full sets of portfolio, it’s all available. Just contact me via phone or email 😉