it’s really refreshing to see the diversity of styles at fashion week. even at the high end shows you see people pushing the boundaries and producing unique combinations. of course there are more risks being taken at labelhood but xintiandi has its fair share of creativity too.by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai
I met Well at Labelhood. She’s been in Shanghai for a few months. She’s originally from Taiwan and is a dancer. She showed me a few clips of her choreographing dance classes – really slick stuff. We talked about working together at some point. She’s such a lovely person I hope we can collaborate.by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai
i’ve always enjoyed shooting at fashion week be it behind the scenes or street style photography. i’m looking forward to the next fashion week in October, meeting up with old friends and making new ones. and sure it’s exhausting while simultaneously fascinating. it’s always exciting experiencing creativity at the boundaries of what’s possible.by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai
I’d always been a fan of this duo’s work and every season their ongoing collaborations with couture designer iris van herpen were always something to look forward to.
when I was still a fine art student in Chelsea college, there was an event one night in the V&A with many famous photographers talking about their work. The talks were occurring simultaneously so you could only pick one photographer’s talk. Paolo Roversi, Tim Walker or Warren and Nick. Tough choice, ay? I can respect Tim Walker and he’s obviously a legend in the industry but I was never a huge fan of his whimsical, fey style, despite owning a couple of his books.
It was a tough choice – roversi or du preez and thornton jones. in the end I took the road less travelled by, went to listen to the illustrious duo and that made all the difference.
Although rather secretive about their technical technique they were very forthcoming about their creative path and how they approach working and what their goals were. I really found listening to them incredibly inspiring and I dreamt of creating work like theirs one day.by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai
yeah I know I said I’d share some of my previous work next but i lied. I thought I’d share a few samples of artists I like and pick apart why I find them inspirational. I’ll do it post by post for simplicity.by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai
That’s what I’m calling my project.
I used to be really interested in light painting. I still am but I haven’t pursued it in a long time. I actually hate that term light painting and if you search that term you get a lot of aesthetically unpleasant images that are nothing like what I want to create. I haven’t come up with a better term yet so I’m just calling my project ‘ephemera’.
Recently I’m researching to start shooting again. I’ve been trying to figure out tools – torches, fiber optics, colors and some sort of system to put it all together. I’m not really a boy scout when it comes to assembling or making things so it will have to be a really simple system.
I’ll post some of my experiments in my next post.by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai
this tip saved me a lot of time in photoshop. if you find yourself repeatedly having to go to the menu in photoshop to bring up a dialog and you want to tweak the settings on the dialog every time you open it, then this is a lifesaver.
click the record a new action icon on the actions palette and name your action whatever you want.
then when the dialog launches give your action a useful name. i want my action to launch the gaussian blur dialog every time i use it.
then from the actions palette menu, click ‘insert menu item’
this dialog will appear
then from the menu select the dialog you want to appear each time you play the action. for me it’s the gaussian blur dialog.
click ok on the dialog to save your action
now every time i play the action it brings up the gaussian blur dialog without me having to click through the menus.
hope that saves you some time. let me know if it helped you!by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai
Ahhhh you gotta love Kraftwerk. I was watching a documentary about Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre called “The Defiant Ones” about their experience coming up in the music industry to becoming eventual billionaires with Beats by Dr. Dre. Some of Dr Dre’s old crew were talking about the early days in the studio and I forget exactly who it was that said that at the dawn of rap and hip hop Kraftwerk were a massive influence on them! I was flabbergasted!
So i relistened to some old kraftwerk and was blown away by ‘The Model’. Sure it’s a product of its era but it still holds up well today. A wonderful mish mash of Teutonic sensibility with a wholehearted embrace of a technology that was totally raw at the time. When you marry this potent mix to the group’s functional grasp of the language you get a really heady mixture. It shouldn’t be good but it just works!
After downloading their greatest hits though and trudging through most of it, i’m not so sure about the rest of their oeuvre. Some of it has aged like milk.by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai
A police car and a screaming siren
A pneumatic drill and ripped up concrete
A baby wailing and stray dog howling
The screech of brakes and lamp light blinking
That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment
A smash of glass and the rumble of boots
An electric train and a ripped up phone booth
Paint splattered walls and the cry of a tomcat
Lights going out and a kick in the balls
I tell ya that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment
Watched The Gentlemen movie directed by Guy Ritchie. Enjoyable yarn. Heard this over the end credits and was struck by Paul Weller’s poetry. Classic song.by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai