Motherland.

It’s been such a long time since I last posted… I’ve been so busy recently! But, on the flip side – I’ll be flown off to the motherland in just a couple of days for work which is actually quite exciting… I love Hong Kong and I’ve never been to China!

Hong Kong is one of my most favourite cities in the world and I’m not going to lie… for me, it feels intuitively like a second home. No language barriers, crazy hustle bustle and constant sources of inspiration make it such a vibrant place to be in and having not been back for almost 3 years, it’s going to be great exploring this amazing place at my own pace.

On the top of my exploration list includes Sheung Wan and Wan Chai which I didn’t really check out the last time I went. I especially looking forward to tasting some yummy bread from Po’s Atelier, drinking Chai tea at Teakha and wandering around Hollywood Road for crazy knick knacks of  ‘old’ Hong Kong.

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Po’s Atelier (Source: HK Magazine)

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Teakha (Source: Teakha Facebook)

Of course, there’ll be plenty of shopping crammed into this one day that I have but with my flat shoes and camera with me each step of the way… let’s hope some amazing photos come out of it!

First Submission

Okay, so I’m writing a lot about my course recently but I promise I’ll write something about my home update soon!

I’ve just submitted my first photograph for one of my assignments and it surprisingly challenged me. I had been putting it off because I thought I’d breeze through it – the brief was to take a photo of something around the home in an ‘artistic’ way… how hard could it be, right? I do it all the time for the blog and for my IG posts so I was feeling pretty confident.

Of course, turns out I was wrong and it was harder than I thought. Self doubt and pressure came into play again but I got over it and just did it – as I’m getting older, I’m finding that this is a good approach to tackling things! Anyway, here’s a quick look at what I submitted – what do you think? Any feedback is greatly welcomed!

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Finding Inspiration

As a part of the course, there’s some open forums where students can share their progress or graduates can share their work – kind of like Flickr. And naturally being my nerdy self, I’ve been checking out the forums to see what others are doing out there and get tips for modules that I’m trying to complete.

The challenge with that is that I’m not actually inspired by what I see but don’t get me wrong! There is some amazing photography of landscapes and portraits in there. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating these kinds of images as well as the courage to share and receive feedback for them. It’s just not the type of photography that I’m personally in to and that makes it hard to be motivated because I’m such a visual person.

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So to make sure that I keep myself motivated, I’ve set up some inspiration cut outs from my favourite photography sources on the wall behind me when I’m studying. I love simplicity and stillness in photos from photographers like Alice Gao as well as magazines like Cereal which has always been what I want to be shooting.

I’ve got a long way to go but hopefully it will keep me motivated – at least I’ll be able to turn around, get a quick dose of inspiration then hit the books again!