I have been spending some weeks in Austria, mostly seeking peace and quiet to write (my family is currently residing overseas so I had a flat all to myself). But being on the continent meant missing out on the monthly Sewol protest that I have been attending & photographing for a while now in London (see here, here and here). With no similar event anywhere in Austria, I took that as an excuse to finally make my first visit to Berlin ever and even managed to convince a friend to come along all the way from Spain.
Country: Hong Kong
Director: Jung Woo-sung (정우성)
Studio: commissioned by Hong Kong International Film Festival (omnibus)
Screenplay: Yoon Jung Lee
Cast: Andy Choi, Woo Sang-jeon, Yoo In-yeong
Film’s official website: N/a
Trailer: Not available
Seen at the 9th London Korean Film Festival. Special thanks go to the LKFF organisers for providing me with a press ticket.
Screening together with the feature 감시자들 (Gamshijadeul/Cold Eyes, 2013) at the 9th London Korean Film Festival, 킬러앞에 노인 (Killeoapenoin/The Killer Behind, the Old Man) is the directorial debut of Jung Woo-sung. A short originally part of the omnibus Three Charmed Lives – three works directed by individuals better known for their work in front rather than behind the camera – it comes commissioned by Fushan Features and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Continue reading
I have been carrying a camera – usually my Nikon D7100 – around with me all the time for a year, taking at least one picture a day and posting it it as part of a “Dailies” project on my Tumblr account. It wasn’t project that I planned, I just randomly had the idea one day (which happened to be the first of October last year). Continue reading
The story of When Marnie Was There is set in a little town by the name of Little Overton, a fictional town inspired by a real place – Burnham Overy Staithe on the Norfolk coast. Although Studio Ghibli announced that this setting was going to be changed to a village in Hokkaido in their adaptation, some friends and I still wanted to seek out Marnie’s original home base – just because we are dedicated enough Ghibli fans and because it is more fun to explore the UK by traveling to random places instead of completing the usual checklist of famous sights for foreigners. Continue reading
…also known as the Vegetarian Festival.
It’s an annual festival during the 9th lunar month that is celebrated in a number of South East Asian countries, including Thailand, where it means all kinds of things, but in Bangkok’s Chinatown especially a galore of veg food. Continue reading
Before the weekend is over, I thought I still send out wishes for the Year of the Horse – if only to share the image above.
Some photographs from a recent trip to Austria (over the winter holidays). I was hoping to also go to Budapest (where I have gone before) and/or Prague (where I have never visited previously), but in the end that didn’t happen. I did travel to both Vienna and Graz, plus some towns in the countryside of Austria.
Note: I posted a number of these on Tumblr already.
Update: I still don’t have my computer back. I drafted this post previously, but wasn’t going to publish it for a while yet because I was planning to go back to Brick Lane for more photographs. However, since other posts aren’t really going to happen until I get my own computer back, I thought I might as well send this one out to the world in the meantime. (I actually have a film review ready too, but no pictures uploaded for it, as my picture folder is you-can-guess-where. And I don’t want to google for the same images again…)
When I moved to London in 2009, I didn’t know the city at all and, by pure chance, ended up living on a side street of Brick Lane, essentially sealing my fate to become an East Londoner (I have moved house twice since, but loyally stayed in the East, which is generally considered the ‘poorer’ and more ‘ethnically mixed’ part of the city. I think it’s young, alive and hip.). Brick Lane is known for its curry houses – thanks to a large number of Bangladeshi immigrants, it has been London’s ‘Banglatown’ for decades – but also its weekend market, where everything from vintage clothes to unique art is sold. Another highlight are the food stalls, which serve cheap and tasty treats from all around the world.
Note: Obviously the white corner of the header photo needs to be blackened out. I just don’t own an editing programme at the moment that lets me do that.
*Sorry for the lack of posting at the moment… I just seem to be going between my three part-time jobs, studying a wee bit (not enough at all) and sleeping a couple of hours (not enough either). Plus trying to fix some issues with the computer (hard disk, wahhh!), which is time consuming. (ㅠ_ㅠ) But this post has been lingering around in nearly-finished-form for quite a while, so I might as well just publish it.*
Bangkok, like quite a few Asian cities, is big and busy, day and night. It’s not always fun to get around Bangkok, because traffic jams (see above) can really grate on your nerves.
I didn’t get much time in busy-Bangkok – not even two full days. I would have liked more than that (I had no chance to go to Chatuchak, the weekend market, or Asoke’s Chamlong, a Buddhist-vegetarian restaurant that I like) but I guess there’s always the next visit? I did however get to go on the subway (the Bangkok M.R.T., in the picture below), which I was kind of excited about.
Recently I snuck out of the UK for a super-short, not-really-planned trip to… Thailand. Reason being: to surprise my Mom, who was on holiday there with my Dad and sister, and not expecting me to show up at all. Not the first time I’ve pulled this kind of trick, but the first time it involved flying half-way around the world!
Note: I’m still getting the hang of my new DSLR and am not 100% comfy with it yet, but it’s better than when I was testing it out in Greece already!
Note 2: You can click to enlarge pics, but they appear grainy – not the originals on my computer, but WordPress somehow doesn’t quite like something. X_X
Note: If you follow me on Tumblr (probably not, since I have a grand total of 5 followers), I posted a few of the pictures (plus one or two others) there previously.
You might remember me debating about some purchases on past Trailer Weeklies. In the end, I went for broke and bought this new toy: a Nikon D7100 (previously I was using a point-and-shoot only Lumix DMC-LX5, albeit with manual settings). It’s not my first SLR, I had a friend’s Pentax for a while and used to own a Canon 300, and still have a Nikon F80 and a precious Canon A-1 from the ’70s now as well, but all these are/were non-digital. Continue reading
Way back – last summer – I was going to post some more photographs from when I was staying with my Dad in India, but somehow that never happened.
Since this is mostly a film blog, let’s start with something on topic: a classic Bollywood poster. I have no idea what the film is about (although we easily can make a somewhat educated guess), but whenever I’m in India I take snaps of movie posters. Just because.
I flew into Dublin earlier today (I’m here for an academic conference). While the guy at the reception of place where I am staying was giving me directions for downtown, he grumbled that I would have to pass by Dublin’s ugly “needle” – which very obviously he didn’t like.
But when I did walk past, I could not help but smile:「雲のむこう、約束の場所」 (Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho/The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 2004) instantly came to mind. Continue reading
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Not the best of photographs – terribly overexposed. But this kid ran into my picture (which was meant to be of the barbershop in the background) and it ended up like this. I edited what I could (darkening mostly and cropping a bit), but this was the best I could manage. And though it breaks all kinds of textbook rules, I still feel there is something that works here. Maybe it’s just the charm of this kid, his big smile and cheekiness of jumping in front of my lens. Continue reading
I’m back in New Delhi after a short trip up north to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu & Kashmir is India’s most northern state, which borders with Pakistan (west), China (north) and Tibet (east). Except for Ladakh, which is the Buddhist part in the east of Jammu & Kashmir, the state is not a common tourist destination for Westerners, although Hindus from the rest of India do travel here for pilgrimages (most importantly the Armanath Yatra). Indeed, because of dispute over part of the territory of the state with Pakistan, many governments advise “against all travel to rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir other than Ladakh; all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than Wagah; and all travel in Manipur” and “all but essential travel to Srinagar and Imphal” (in the words of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office).1 Continue reading
From a project for a course I took on Gothic Literature in North America at the University of Costa Rica. The original photograph was a self-portrait taken in the Netherlands, but in this print I completely ‘burned’ away everything except a sliver of the face to create a ghostly (uncanny?) image. I also considered adding a mirror image of the face, but never got to it – it’s technically quite involved (but not impossible) to do that in the darkroom.