Last week, thanks to the social media. I heard about the Japanese master, Daido Moriyama will visit Hong Kong for his solo exhibition as part of the International Photo Festival Event 2012. This is Daido’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. As the organizer noted: “We will be showing the “autoportrait” and “sunflower” series, and, of course, the pictures he took in Hong Kong.” Yea..I’m so looking forward to seeing his photography of HK.
Before the exhibition, he’d be doing a few workshop, lecture, hangout, sessions. Just by chance, I heard about a sharing session ‘Happy Hour with Daido Moriyama’. At first, I was skeptical on what he/us are going to do and the nature of the event. I had no clue besides the fee and two included drinks at the bar. Location is at an Art Club – Fringe Club, Central. What exactly is a sharing session? I still don’t have too much of an idea. In any case, I don’t think it’s the participants who would be sharing anyway?!
I arrived at the ticket office queued for the ticket…only 40 available for this event. I was so excited as I got the ticket, I still am!
I’m not the biggest fan of Moriyama san’s works. And I’ve not seen all his published photos yet. However, I admire how random he shoots his photos and expresses in his own unique way. I respect him and his devotion to photography. His photography ALWAYS encourages me to shoot photos of anything, that clear out my doubts on how street photography should be. Shooting photos with up-close human presence can sometimes be stressful or too repetitive. So he really gave me inspiration on different approaches of how a photographer can shoot.
I’ve never attended any photography related session. I guess it’s more like a seminar type of thing, with a projector of some sort. I do not know what to expect from that 2 hr and a half. I certainly hope to meet some local street photographers, i won’t put too much hope…Well,..at least it’s a good experience get to meet a renowned photographer in person.