Fo’ Wishes Cat

This is the piece I made last semester (Fall 2017) for my 2D design class. The piece is called “Fo’ Wishes Cat” which is inspired by Dong Ho Woodcut Painting Series (Vietnamese traditional painting series from Dong Ho Village). The piece represents the traditional ideal of a lucky new year and morality of life in Vietnamese culture. Fo’ Wishes Cat does not only show the appreciation toward Vietnamese culture, but also opposes the idea of what is luck and what is bad luck through the present of the Black Cat (believed to be “bad sign” in Asian culture).

Through out my life, I have experienced a lot of difficulty in taking pride in my culture due to the country’s conflicts. Through the process of making this piece, I felt more attached to my heritage and took more pride in my culture.

The theme of Fo’ Wishes Cat is moral folktales. With 4 panels, each panel represents a Vietnamese Folktale about Eminence, Prosperity, Longevity, and Benevolence. The cat represent the faith holder (the people). Each animal represents the “faith” and morality. For example, the “Benevolence” panel (Cat holds Frog) is an iconography of the ancient folk poetry about respecting the Gods through a humble, ordinary animal.



Smoky Afternoon

A random shoot I did at Cortez Cigars in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Just a chilling afternoon with Amphetheatre. The lighting condition was quite bad and my camera could not handle such low light so the quality was not as good as I expected it to be. However, I then turned the style into an old school style like in 90s movies due to the noise in the photos. Main color styles I used to edit and focused on this album were monochrome and golden colors.



Camera setup: Auto-focus, ISO Auto, Central focus, Program mode.
Information: The picture was taken using “hipshot” technique. From this angle those pictures I took of people, the crowd look more naturally, some time the light got very on point. Since we can’t look in the camera from hip-angle, the photo easily gets out of focus. Therefore, central focus and great deep of field is best choice when doing this technique. However, in some case, the blurred motion of the photo could make a great picture too. One small tip to take these type of photo more effective is to stand still, not moving around while taking picture, from this, the main subject will be more on focus.
(Basically, this technique is usually used to stalk people. So if you need to stalk your crush for some of his/her pictures, you can use this technique. You’re welcome!)

Fabric Shot Project

Using two pictures, one with simple background, and other is landscape. The main idea of the fabric project was to combine the two picture, and show contract. We can either put the landscape background inside the main object of the simply picture (in this case is the teddy bear picture). However, I chose to put the teddy bear inside the landscape instead, which still showed the contrast between two picture.


Longo Bongo project

This time, we did a “Longo Bongo” project which is created and inspired by Robert Longo. The idea of this project is to express the inside feeling of a person (model). For this concept, the background will be simplify as much as we can, and everything will be put in black and white which to create the deep in feeling of the picture. The posing of the model should be exotic and show the personality of the model. My male model for this project was kind of shy so it took a little bit more time to work on his posing. However, in the end everything came out pretty great! I quite enjoyed this project because it did not require us to be too focus on photography technique, but required us to express our style more (in which I love doing!).