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Jun

In our click-filter-share age of mobile photography, the posed seriousness of the passport photo feels like a relic from a bygone age. I was reminded of just how different this kind of photography is while obtaining some photos for a passport renewal. Most countries have strict guidelines for passport photos,…

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21
Jun

It’s a familiar feeling. Your hands run over the keys, unable to find their place. You stare at a screen. The desire is there yet the words will not come. So you make another cup of coffee, maybe put some music on, or pack up and head off to a…

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16
Jun

What kind of photographer are you? It’s not just a question photographers ask each other. Everyone seems to expect an answer, “amateur” or “professional” being perhaps the most direct. Just as common, and more interesting, is the genre-focused follow-up, trying to pin down a familiar category: weddings, events, portraits, landscape,…

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6
Jun

It’s a problem that that troubles every blogger at some stage; how long should a blogpost be? It doesn’t help that there’s so much conflicting advice on offer. Most of us bloggers are not trained writers. We didn’t come to this with degrees in literature or journalism. We started a…

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5
Jun

Having decided to quit BeingTokyo last week (you can read more about this here), I now have no side projects. Life now is just work, family, sleep and recreation. This is a stark contrast to how things felt back in 2015 when I realised life had become just a collection…

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3
Jun

The concrete footpath outside the post office was a harsh place. Every weekday afternoon, before 2.50pm, I would be waiting there, usually alone, for my daughter’s school bus. This shadeless corner of the city was warm even on a Hong Kong winter’s day. But in the summer it was oppressive….

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25
May

I hope they turned out great, those photos you took in the café this morning. I was standing behind you for a while, not because I wanted to admire your technique or your huge dSLR camera, but because I was trying to reach for a small brioche and you were…

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18
May

Last week I enjoyed my 12th Japanese calligraphy lesson. It was a beautiful, blue-sky kind of morning as I walked to class. One of those days when dressing seems effortless; a shirt and jeans with no concern about feeling too hot or too cold, no precautions for the effects of…

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3
May

As a kid, I played golf, occasionally and for fun. Only during my three years living in Delhi did I very play seriously. Re-learning the game as an adult was fascinating, given the changes in the way the equipment was made and the techniques were taught. So much was new,…

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10
Apr

Today my wife starts a new job.  It’s a big change for her.  A new industry.  A vast role with a lot of responsibility.  Helping clean up her LinkedIn profile over the weekend, before the inevitable journalistic examination, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the roles she has succeeded…

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