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New deviation don't exactly mean new work. Some of them may have been shot a long long time ago. It's just now that I found the time to upload them in my account.


Breakthrough Images

In the course of my team's collaboration over the years, we have come to culminate our learning over particular images. They usually come accidentally, and the realizing them was more in hindsight. The images represented a certain phase in our knowledge, experience and team work. It also chronicles how much we have learned up until that point.

Cosplay as Cosplay Could Get

Ode to Mr. Lee (Rogue) comic-strip style image was our first foray into "by-the-book" cosplay – as defined as shooting somebody in a costume that approximates the character. It was around this time we were preparing for the 2nd exhibit, Pop Nostalgia. That exhibit paid homage to popular culture icons, and comics being one facet of the entire show. This was the hardest and the longest shoot process we had gone through back then.

We actually didn't have a story to follow, but more or less a series of movements we saw visually appealing. It was one lesson we learned on the spot: the value of a storyboard. Since we didn't have a script to follow, we ended up going with our gut feel and shot the sequences based on some loose comics our art director brought on-location.  The dialogue boxes and word art were added afterwards, and we had to think of a "story" based on the images we chose for the panel.

Some things we learned in hindsight:

  • Photographs and in turn images, maybe just in a singular frame of time and space, but still have a story to tell. Expound on the world that's not seen in the frame. Little bit of details, whether its seen in the camera or not helps in the overall construction of the image.
  • Invest time and effort in learning basic fashion design.

The Tea After Party image taught us the value of production design, and preparation prior to shooting. "Alice" as it was more popularly nicknamed (because of its obvious subject), was the result of an entire month of pre-production, an afternoon of setup and 30 minutes of actual shooting. The post-production took about 2-3 days give or take.  Subsequent images that came after concentrated on getting everything on the set. My philosophy here was all about saving time and effort in post-production. We relied on practical effects to achieve what we wanted, and for two years, our cosplay images were made in the same manner. We reveled with the idea of having a working template to get our work out there faster.

The Phoenix Dilemma

Phoenix has always been a character in our list, not only for the popularity, but simply because she was a character worth doing. I found our first attempt at Phoenix rather botched with afterthoughts of doubt —at least that's how I felt. Something wasn't right during our shoot. I wasn't fully able to pin-point it properly, and just shrugged it aside. When it finally came into post-production, a lot of things were left lacking. The end result was something half-baked and completely below our standards.

Eventually, it wouldn't only happen on Phoenix, but on a good number of ideas we had. There are some cosplay shoots that never made the light of day.

  • I was trying to apply practical effects over a character which needed something more "fantastic."
  • I failed in translating my imagination into real-world execution.

What I learned with Alice had to be unlearned when we shot Phoenix the second time. I was too concerned with capturing the image as a whole at one go, whereas Phoenix required a treatment to take the image apart and visualize the end result in a purely imaginative realm. It contradicted my initial notion of making it easier for the post-production team by having everything in-frame. This new "material" setup emancipated them from the boundaries of what my camera captured. We could compose images as we saw fit. The challenge in photography now is shooting individual elements, yet making the overall lighting coherent so when things are finally put into place, it resembles one image.

Changing one's perspective from a chosen "limited" craft into Imagineering opens up numerous possibilities. I no longer think of myself as just a photographer, but an Imagineer using photography to turn my ideas into reality. In this sense, all artists are imagineers. As such, collaborations will ideally become seamless. My imagination is no longer bound by the camera, but the appended by the capabilities of fellow imagineers specializing in their own expression. Everything from make-up, styling, illustration, art direction, CG and production design all thrown in one simmering creative casserole.
  • Listening to: Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Reading: Argo
  • Watching: Discovery Channel
  • Drinking: Fit N Right Four Seasons


Take your Mondays off...
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Personal Quote: It's easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn't.


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pamlaisly232 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy b-day!Have your cake and eat it too 
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy b-day!!
India99 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :cake:
MetalHarbinger084 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Happy birthday
VSConcepts Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday!! XD :cake: :dance: :party: :dalove: :boogie: :headbang:
mecengineer Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Happy Birthday!
MotherofDragons92 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Happy birthday! =P (Razz) 
Shakalooloo Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
fallenRazziel Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cosplays are great^^
I would like to ask if I can post some on my tumbr, with the link to your page of course ^^
Cmb1234 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Didn't you do some of the batman beyond character Inque? I can't find them. 
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