shanghai fashion week behind the scenes

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.

behind the scenes at shanghai fashion week, anirac china
behind the scenes at shanghai fashion week
by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai

Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones

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


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

how to add a menu item/dialog to an action in photoshop

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

She’s Posing for Consumer Products Now and Then

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

That’s Entertainment

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

Disneyland for Christmas!!!!

went to disney with the wife and kids a few days after christmas. naively thought that it not being a national holiday in China that it would be quiet. how wrong was that?

Just cause it’s not a holiday in China doesn’t mean it’s not a holiday everywhere else. Apparently Japan and Korea have big holidays for christmas and every other person behind us in the queues were Japanese or Korean.

Don’t get me wrong we had a good time but queueing for an hour for a ride is no-one’s idea of fun.

also note to self: get there early to get your fast passes!!! if you arrive after 10am the daily quota for fast passes is likely to be used up and you miss out on skipping those lovely queues.

by Hugh O'Malley, Beauty Photographer and Videographer based in Shanghai