Its nickname is “Las Vegas of the East”, but considering it now surpasses Las Vegas in gaming revenue, I’m thinking it would be more apt to call Vegas the “Macau of the west.” Step outside of the casinos though, and you’ll find a city that vividly blends its Chinese roots with its former Portuguese colonial heritage.
It was a blast taking my recently-acquired fashion/glamour photography hobby on the road, working with Abhay in Hong Kong (along with fantastic makeup artist Charles) and Cara in Sydney. Everyone was so wonderful to work with, just really friendly, talented and creative.
Yes, it’s fun pretending to be an international fashion photographer.
In 2002, I visited New York City for the first time. My friend Jean had moved out there a few years before that and was teaching at a public high school in Manhattan. I stopped by her school one day and took this photo of her in her classroom.
Today Jean is living in Taichung, Taiwan and just started her second year in a 2-year stint teaching at an American curriculum-based international school in the city. I’ve been out here on a week-long visit and once again had the privilege of snapping a photo of Jean in her latest classroom, seven years after seeing her in New York.
Photos of some of the students at her schools in NYC and Taichung:
One of the tougher shoots I’ve done this summer. The sun was fierce and unforgiving, I dropped my pricey Canon 580EX flash and AlienBee CyberSync wireless trigger in the water, some 12-year-old lifeguard made us leave Laguna Beach because we didn’t have a permit (we moved to Little Corona).
On the plus side, Derek (mode), Gelsey (model) and Aubrey (makeup) were an absolute joy to work with and their terrific attitude under difficult working conditions kept me motivated. In the end, it was more than worth it.