Happy Hour with Daido Moriyama


Banner at Fringe Club, Central, Hong Kong

The typhoon last night had almost affected the original schedule of Daido Moriyama’s trip to Hong Kong. He’s finally here! And he’s carrying his Ricoh digital camera and packs of cigarettes with him.

I’m not much of a hangout person. This special opportunity to meet the master Daido Moriyama for the life time had made me worried. Worried about the $390 I paid for admission would go down to drain. I’m sorry to say, it did. I’d rather use it for ordering photo books or a pair of jeans.

I was told there were only 40 tickets available. I had no idea if there’s any sort of scheduled rundown for the 2 hr and a half hour I paid. Turned out? There were like 80 people at the Fringe Club bar. No projector presentation of any kind. There weren’t no speech except the brief thank you, gratitude, etc. open mic speech. It’s basically a media press + photographing + signature session. It’s like I entered a concert but there’s no music but the band sitting out and photographing with fans.

This guy still smokes a lot.

Perhaps because of my personality, because of my level of enthusiasm, or even because I’m not too big of a fan of Moriyama san. I was not too into meeting the master face to face. Everyone has their own path to take. No disrespect to anyone. The questions that fans wish to asked to the master would not be helpful anyway. How is he going to help you or inspire you with the brief few minutes you meet him. He doesn’t even know us. Who are you anyway? What’s your name?

I actually realized today we’re idolizing this guy so much which I think it’s a bit little too much. Anything other than his camera, photographs and the man himself is irrelevant to me.

Shortly after he gave an opening speech


What I like about this guy is how he cares about the photographs he take, how he perceives the world he’s living in. My interpretation is: He could take average or even bad  photographs and treated like it’s a masterpiece just because it’s meaningful to him. It’s something I don’t see from other photographers that I like, yet. This is why I think he’s a little different from others.

This program has not changed what I do to my photography & life. My belief to photography being a personal thing has grown even stronger now. Photography is just a remembrance of my life and the world around me. I intent to keep it this way.

Only thing I could do with him. Oh well, I was there.

I’ve met a couple guys. Good people, almost forgot there aren’t any good people around. We exchanged contact info. Hm..you know the drill..cheesy way to socialize and farewell especially we’re all guys. Irony, actually there was a cute young lady with red lipstick in a patterned dress that caught my attention for a second while I was lining up for photograph. Last photo taken by Ah Man. It’s a cool photo. Sincerely thanks, if you’re reading this!

Happy Hour with Daido Moriyama, I got the ticket!


Ticket to see Daido MoriyamaLast 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.

MastaMic @ Fringe Club – This is What I Rap For Mixtape Release Show Video


It’s dated back to my blog post reviewing the show in January. I have the videos put up on youtube. Not sure if anyone reading this know MastaMic. He’s the arguably the best free style rapper with a passion reflecting the voices of the political environment and issues of Hong Kong.

I’ve actually met and shook hand with this guy in Mong Kok station two week ago. That’s how i show support to him and his crew – the Justice League. Alright, time for the bootleg cellphone videos … I don’t see any videos of that show. I guess I’m the first.

His music can be downloaded OFFICIALLY AND IT’S FREE.