Photo Tours, Books, Events

Photographic Society of Singapore Live Webinar

As part of the Photographic Society of Singapore  70th anniversary events, I will be doing a Zoom Webinar on 12th June 8pm Singapore Time...More details and registration soon on the organiser's webpage. Please click on the following button for more details and registration...

#ArtistSupportPledge

With the current covid-19 pandemic, many galleries are closed and exhibitions are over for the foreseeable future. So how are artists expected to make a living? Many have turned to selling directly via their website, while on Instagram the hugely successful Artist Support Pledge has seen an informal online marketplace spring up almost overnight. 

The principle is simple: anyone can participate by uploading a work for sale under the #artistsupportpledge hashtag, with all works priced at £200. Every time artists reach £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 of it on another artist’s work. Through this, an entire network of artists has formed, with the aim of alleviating some of the stress brought about by lost sales due to the pandemic. So far, over 72,000 artworks have been posted under the hashtag, and an estimated £15 million for artists and makers has been raised across the globe.  I will participate in this scheme with all  unsigned works seen on this webpage available for sale at a size of 40cm x 30cm for £200 each, inclusive of worldwide shipping. All photos printed on quality fine art paper, usually archival quality Hahnemühle and Ilford papers. If there is anything you see that you would like to purchase, please click on the button below to contact me directly and let me know which print you want to purchase.

Travel Photographer of the Year Portfolio Books

My multi-award winning photos  "At the Gates of my Ancestral Temple" (Kyoto, Japan) and"Maleficent" (Venice, Italy) will be featured in the double-volume Travel Photographer of the Year portfolio book (volumes 10 and 11) . This is two books in one! It contains the winning images from the 2017 awards in the Journey Ten section, and the winning images from the 2018 awards in the Journey Eleven section. It has two front covers and, when you reach the end of one year, you just flip the book over and you’re at the next one!

My multi-award winning photos "A little bit of Bruce" (Havana, Cuba) and "Enter the Geisha" (Kyoto, Japan) will be featured in Journey Twelve, the latest edition of the Travel Photographer of the Year Portfolio/ coffee table book, featuring winning photos in their 2019 contest. Both books are now available for pre-order on the Travel Photographer of the Year official webpage. They will be formally released in August 2020.

Winner, Street Life Category - Single Image and People's Choice Award, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) 2019

Big thanks to everyone who took time to vote for this photo of mine....It is a real honor to win both the Street Life - Single Image Category and the People's Choice Award at the TPOTY 2019. Stay tuned for more exhibitions with the organisers of TPOTY soon in London and Chester this year!

London: 7th April 2020 to 12th May 2020, Coal Drops Yard, near King's Cross and St Pancras Stations

 

Chester: 1st to 30th June 2020, Chester Cathedral

Please click on the following link to TPOTY webpage to learn more about the exhibition dates and venues...

Officially an artist with COCA - Center of Contemporary Artists

April 2020, I am officially an artist with COCA - Center of Contemporary Artists with my multi-award winning series  - 1957, Flowers of Ethiopia and Bishonnen. So happy to be featured alongside with the world's best contemporary photographers and big thanks to all models, friends, teachers and organisers who made this possible.

Australian Photography Magazine Feature

They did a small 2 page feature story of me in the February 2020 edition of Australian Photography Magazine...story about how it all began with my teacher Jim Zuckerman's photo workshop in Venice, my modelling experience with Ms Theresia Sturm during Jim's workshop, moving on to becoming a professional photographer recognised by the AIPP and my membership with the Australian Photographic Society where I hold Grandmaster status and finally as an artiste with Le Dame Art Gallery in London and Rome...and of course they published some of my most famous photos featuring some of my friends...

Digital SLR Photography Magazine Feature

Just got featured on the September 2019 issue of  Digital SLR Photography magazine Malaysia, front cover and a grand 10 page interview on all my cinematic encounters, featuring my photos from Havana, Kyoto and of course Venice...The story of my humble beginnings when I first met my teachers Jim Zuckerman, and then Florine Houee, Danielle Massart and later Hollywood legend Greg Gorman...

This is a big print only magazine available in bookstores in Malaysia. For readers located outside Malaysia who would like to order a copy, please contact publisher directly on their Facebook page...

Online Coaching and Travel

Advice/ Portfolio Reviews:

Have a burning question on Travel Photography?

How to get prepared for a photo trip?

Which destination is good for travel photography? How long should the trip be?

How to select the best locations/ subjects/ lighting/ equipment for your photo trips?

Which travel destinations or workshops suits you best?

Simple post processing tips for Travel Photography, webpage and/ or portfolio reviews...choosing the best mentors....and more...

Travel advice during unsettled times during the covid-19 pandemic and more...

Having traveled to more than 65 different countries and counting and with my usual / other occupation as a Travel Advisor/ Doctor, I am best suited to give out travel tips and advice before you book your flights, trips and workshops...

With my vast experience with regards to Photo Contests, I can tell you which are the best ones to enter and which ones to avoid, what elements are judges looking for in contests etc.

And for Travel Photo Companies, which destinations are good for photo tours etc.

 

This introductory one-on-one mini session is an opportunity for us to discover how I can help you achieve your Travel Photography goals. The session can be paid by PayPal and done via Skype or WhatsApp. A 45 minute session is priced at just USD$129 still much cheaper than a Travel Medicine consult or those high end Photo Contest Entry Fees. Sessions can be conducted in English, Mandarin or Cantonese and best of all in the comfort of your own home and office anywhere in the world, saving you lots of precious time and travel efforts...Calls can be scheduled to suit you and can be as often as you like. Extension of the consult will be priced at USD$99 per 45 minute block. Click on the Contact Me button to make a time with me...

Commercial Travel Projects:

Want to showcase your Travel Product/ Destination? The image is mightier with the word. They say a picture paints a thousand words. How much more does a picture say when it is put into context....? For hotels, airlines and travel organisations / associations , I can cover your projects to bring your audience the full story. For collaborations, partnerships or paid work, please click on the Contact Me  button  and drop me a message to  have a chat about how I can create image solutions for your project.

Private Portrait Sessions:

Dzenek Karnia, Supermodel

Face for Tom Ford, Moschino and Philip Plein

.Nils Tatum, BelAmi Model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always love meeting people and listening to their stories. Captured in a Moment, Treasured for a Lifetime - Commissioned portraits are a collaborative effort between myself and my subject. This is a simple but unique experience where the portrait is created thoughtfully and intentionally. The end-product is  timeless and not confined to has-beens, hot properties and wannabes. This is supposed to be capturing a life’s story in a moment that will last for generations to come.
Each print is unique and printed on the finest archival papers.  For model portfolios and personal stylised portrait sittings, my rates start from USD$350 an hour and USD$250 per image.  I do accept international commissions, (in fact, most of my commissions are overseas projects). And if you like, we can book the most exotic photo locations around the world for your portraits - I am talking about locations where people like Madonna, Rihanna and Obama use for their portraits...Naturally, bookings may need to be made a few months in advance. Collaborations with artistes and celebrities are most welcome. TFP arrangements still possible for selected budding artistes - I understand, we all have to start somewhere...Click on the Contact Me button  and drop me a message to  have a chat about how I can create image solutions for your project.

llvy Kokomo. Glamour Model

Mónica Viqueira Camacho, Ballerina

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

Photo Tours / Workshops :

I enjoy assisting and teaching in photo workshops and tours as much as I enjoy going to other professional photographers' workshops. These are truly wonderful opportunities for great photos.  All of my travel destinations and workshops are carefully researched adventure elopement shoots, often timed with local festivals and away from the usual tourist crowds. The aim is to set a stage in the most far flung and exotic places, stimulating and full of discovery. We want to document in our photos, a concert of new life rich in the most unexpected events and drama. All my Travel Photos are very different from that of most other workshops. For all my Travel tours/ workshops, I have been to all these places many times as a photographer, so I know all the best places, restaurants, hotels and shopping places. I have been to Venice 8 times, Havana 2 times, Bhutan 2 times, Indonesia 6 times, Cambodia 12 times, and Japan 26 times. 

Every year, I get requests from tour companies and photographers to run or co-lead photo tours. Here are a couple of upcoming ones...

                       Covid-19 pandemic update:

 

I think we all have to be  realistic, with the current pandemic situation,  flight restrictions and multiple lockdowns of many cities worldwide, all my photo workshops will be on hold until at least December 2020.

Feel free to look around, browse, ask questions and/ or participate in my online coaching and advice sessions....but I will not be taking any deposits or bookings for any trips scheduled  for this year. There is still too much uncertainties. Remember, even Travel Insurance does not cover for losses as a result of pandemics. I don't want to take money for services that I cannot provide. Meanwhile, keep in touch and I look forward to seeing everyone again when the situation is more settled...For purchase of Fine Art Prints and books, my online store remains  open 24 hours, 7 days a week, money generated from the sales will go a long way in helping my friends in the printing business...

Havana Street Life and Vintage Cuba 

From my multi-award winning series "1957"... a week-long workshop in Havana with a combination of Old Havana Street Life as well as portrait sessions inside classical old mansions with some of my most beautiful looking friends...

For an idea of what kind of photos we are expecting, do have a look at my Galleries under the Cuba and Vintage Havana sections.

Dates are by private arrangement. Please email me for prices and details on the "Contact Me" page. One-on-One private sessions are available and encouraged. You tend to get the best and most unique pictures with individual/ small group arrangements. 

Tropical Rainforest Macro / Wildlife Photography Workshop

With multi-award winning photographer and macro-specialist Goh Shikhei

Join multi-award winning photographer and macro specialist Goh Shikhei and/ or me on a wildlife and macro photography workshop. The event can be conducted in the wild or using pets/ reared insects. The course can be conducted in English, Mandarin and/ or Indonesian. The course is available all-year round by private appointments and can be tailored for individuals/ groups. To book this tour, please liase directly with Mr. Goh Shikhei. The course is conducted in Batam Indonesia, Batam is easily reachable by a 45 minute ferry ride from Singapore.

Bhutan: Himalayan Photo Adventures

Will do this one a one-on-one / small group private tour basis. Dates are by private appointment from March 2021 onwards. Please email for enquiries.

Venice Carnevale 2021 

The Venice Carnevale 2021 dates will be from 5th February to 16th February inclusive. Unfortunately, due to my extremely hectic photo schedules, I will only be available for private sessions during the Venice Carnevale this year. These are basically one-on-one photo lessons with me and/ or my team if I am doing the Venetian Movie Series. I will be photographing masked costumers, local Italian costumers without masks at the best locations that bring out the best in these costumes. Gondola rides are possible. Rates will be charged at a daily basis.  You will get  more unique photos, a better time and much more of your money and time's worth than the normal run of the mill mass photo workshops. The above 3 photos are just some examples of my work for this year's Carnevale photos, very different from those offered by other workshops. I mix traditional and unconventional methods to produce wild creations at the world's most beautiful festival. Please  contact me privately for private shoots and photo lessons.

Kyoto Private Sessions

One on one private photo sessions in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan with real Geishas. There will be wonderful photo opportunities but strict rules  do apply within certain places. No tripods, and no flash, reflectors or any additional lighting allowed within temple interiors. This is the real thing, not Asian tourists dressed in  cheap polyester kimonos or Henshin Maikos. Available all year round except blackout dates of 27 December to 8th January.

Cambodia Private Sessions 

Ancient temples, saffron monks, Apsara dancers, Bokator boxers and friendly locals at the countryside filled with lush paddy fields and pretty lotus ponds. Siem Reap, Cambodia is a paradise for travel photographers.  No fixed dates, by private arrangements only. Available all year round.

For this tour, instructors are able to converse in English and Chinese.

Click on the contact me button for further enquiries:

Venetian Glass Slippers Masquerade  Ball 2019 

I am very happy to have done a promo poster for one of the very prominent balls of the Venice Carnevale....

ACT AIPP APPA 2018 Print Exhibition

15th October to 29th October 2018

20 Garema Place, Canberra, ACT 2601

Australia

Fifth IPS Plovdiv 2018

6th October to 18th October 2018

51, Rayko Daskalov Str. Plovdiv,

in front of BNB — в Plovdiv,

Bulgaria 

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For more information about the ball, click on the following button to contact the organisers directly:  

Books:

I actually turn my Travel photos into quality Coffee Table Photo Books and these are available for sale on Blurb Bookstore and Amazon.com. The e-books are available for sale at Blurb bookstore and Apple's iBookstore.

To browse or buy the books, please click on the following links:

Flowers of Ethiopia

This is a collection of photographs featuring the primitive, yet very innovative, beautiful

and iconic tribal fashion and body art of the Surma tribe of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. The Omo Valley is

probably the place that humankind, fashion and art first began. Featuring over

175 full-coloured photos, the book is a true celebration of the art and fashion of the

Surma people and is an ideal gift for people who love African arts, fashion and culture.

The book does contain full frontal nudity and is suggested for adults aged 18 and above. 

  • Size Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
    200 Pages

  • ISBN: 9781367804999

  • Hardcover, Dust Jacket

  • Publish Date Apr 09, 2016

  • Language English

Fairy Tales in Venice, part II

This is part II of a wonderful collection of photographs featuring the fantastic imagery of the Carnevale in

Venice, the world's grandest masquerade - a perfect mix of comedy, tragedy, magic and romance. It contains colorful and interesting photographs depicting Fairy Tale characters from stories such as "Through the Looking-Glass", "The Little Mermaid", "Pinocchio", "Hansel and Gretel" and many more, all set in the mysterious

allure of this medieval floating city. Every Carnevale, Venice truly becomes a living theatre.

Featuring 258 different costumes, the book  is a celebration of the Art of the masks and is an ideal gift

for children and adults who loveVenice, Italy, masks, or the Carnivale.

  • Size Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
    240 Pages

  • ISBN: 9781367263697

  • Publish Date Jul 19, 2016

  • Language English

Fairy Tales in Venice

This is a wonderful collection of photographs featuring the fantastic imagery of the

Carnevale in Venice, the world's grandest masquerade - a perfect mix of comedy, tragedy,

magic and romance. It contains colorful and interesting photographs depicting Fairy Tale characters such as 

"The Pied Piper of Hamlin", "Sleeping Beauty", "Cinderella" as well as the Victorian Classics

"Around the World in 80 Days", "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde","Great Expectations" and many more, all set in the mysterious allure of  this medieval floating city.

Every Carnevale, Venice truly becomes a living theatre. Featuring 252 different costumes,

the book is a celebration of the Art of the masks and is an ideal gift for children and adults who love

Venice, Italy, masks, or the Carnivale.

  • Size Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
    240 Pages

  • ISBN: 9781364985899

  • Publish Date Aug 29, 2015

  • Language English

Fairy Tales in Annevoie

This book contains images of Venetian Masked Models at the Costumés de Venise aux Jardins d'Annevoie 2016. Costumés de Venise aux Jardins d'Annevoie is the largest Venetian costume themed event outside Venice. Be enchanted by the outrageous costumes of the Venetian masked models in a fairy tale garden!

  • Size Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
    184 Pages

  • ISBN: 9781367710900

  • Publish Date May 12, 2016

  • Language English

The Secret Garden

This book contains images of Venetian Masked Models at the Costumés de Venise aux Jardins d'Annevoie 2015. Costumés de Venise aux Jardins d'Annevoie is the largest Venetian costume themed event outside Venice.

More than 200 pages of full colored photos depicting this wonderful event. Belgium, like you have never

seen her before...

  • Size Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm

  • 210 Pages

  • ISBN: 9781320694766

  • Hardcover, Dust Jacket

  • Publish Date May 19, 2015

  • Language English

The Secret Garden (Variant Cover)

This book contains images of Venetian Masked Models at the Costumés de Venise aux Jardins d'Annevoie 2015. Costumés de Venise aux Jardins d'Annevoie is the largest Venetian costume themed event outside Venice.

More than 200 pages of full colored photos depicting this wonderful event. Belgium, like you have never

seen her before...

  • Size Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm

  • 210 Pages

  • ISBN: 9781320694766

  • Hardcover, Dust Jacket

  • Publish Date May 19, 2015

  • Language English

Secrets of Travel Portrait Photographers

This is an e-book co-written with Italian travel photographer Ugo Cei.

It probably contains all the answers to the frequently asked questions I get regarding my Travel Portraits.

It is currently available for free for a limited time. 

Exhibitions:

The following are a list of current and upcoming photo exhibitions where some of my works can be seen...

Travel Photographer of the Year UK Exhibitions

London: 7th April 2020 to 12th May 2020, Coal Drops Yard, near King's Cross and St Pancras Stations

 

Chester: 1st to 30th June 2020, Chester Cathedral

Canberra Photographic Society

External Showcase

Out There 2019

5th September to 22nd September 2019

Watson Arts Centre

1 Aspinall St, Watson ACT 2602

Australia

Urban 2019 Photo Awards + Exhibition

5th August 2019

Viecha

Radlinského 24, Bratislava

Slovakia

Photographic Exploration Project - Interior 

10th August to 16th September 2019

Planet Flow Event Space

Blockdamwegg 1, 10317

Berlin, Germany

Chania International Photo Festival 2019

16th to 24th August 2019

Grand Arsenali

Chania, Greece

Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition

29th March to 30th April 2019

London Bridge City

London,SE1 2DB

United Kingdom

Ethiopian Flowers & other Harmonies

7th March to 22nd June 2019

Le Dame Art Gallery

1 Albany Street, Regent's Park

London NW13UP

United Kingdom

W A V Venice Audio-Visual show

1st to 9th February 2019

Palazzo Michiel

Venice

Italy

Home Dignity Justice Exhibition: An Australian Human Rights Photographic Retrospective

20th December 2018 to 10th February 2019

Lovett Gallery

Newcastle City Library

15 Laman Street

Newcastle NSW 2300

Australia

Gurushots Exhibition

9th November to 11th November 2018

The Canvas Gallery

158 Mount Pleasant Road, S298349

Singapore

Flowing City – La Città mai ferma,

Trieste Photo Days,

18th October to 9th December 2018

Trieste Airport, Via Aquileia 46, Ronchi dei Legionari (GO) - Italy

 

 

 

3rd Perth National Photographic Exhibition

22 September to 29 September 2o18

Perth Royal Show

Clarement Showground,

Photography Pavilion,

1 Graylands Road, Claremont,

WA 6010, Australia

 

Chania Photo Festival

28th August to 5th September 2018

Grand Arsenali

Chania, Greece

Canberra Photographic Society

The Natural World

21 August to 27 September

CSIRO Discovery Center

North-science Road, Acton, ACT 2601

Canberra, Australia

Fifth IPS Plovdiv 2018

1 July to 20 July 2018

Central Square 1, Plovdiv.

Bulgaria

Peek Behind the Curtain of Wayang 

30 May to 10 June 2018,

10am to 8pm

Singapore Chinese Cultural Center

SCCC Practice Room, Level 10

1 Straits Boulevard, S018906, Singapore

Noto fior di foto

18-19-20 May 2018, 

4pm – 10pm

Teatro Comunale Vittorio Emanuele
Piazza XVI Maggio, 1
96017 Noto
SR, Italy

London Photo Festival

17th to 19th May 2018

The Crypt, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA London, United Kingdom

Chinese Opera Showcase:

One Step Closer to Wayang

11th May to 13th May 2018,

10am to 5pm

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Singapore

12 Tai Gin Road, S327874, Singapore