We were put into Studio 6 on Level 3 for the shoot today. Unfortunately, there is no elevator access to Level 3, and we had to lug all our equipment from Level 2 by stairs. The room is much smaller, and thankfully, there's no group shot which would have required me to move further back.
When Fiona Jane Gomez walked into the room, she wore a beaming wide smile that proved just a little too infectious for my taking. It shone right through her like a beacon. It certainly helped to add a sense of relaxation to an otherwise dull mood. She appeared very humble, nice and just full of energy as though she's always poised for her next move; no pun intended (as a dancer herself).
We arrived very much earlier on location at 1.30pm to setup as we will be having with us a larger group today. I will be photographing the very pulse of KLPac's operations; their directors plus the vibrant and critically acclaimed T4YP (Theatre For Young People).
Christopher Ling certainly holds himself well with the indisputable air of a fatherly figure. He walks right into the room, followed by a small group of six young boys and girls, just like chicks following their mother hen. He was a very amiable and pretty animated person; truly a pleasant guy to work with. Just as he finished writing his message, he sprung into action, eyes lit up with enthusiasm and suggested he should be sitting on a chair, right next to an empty one with the placard.
The photography project of celebrities and personalities for World Hepatitis Day continues with a much welcomed relief finally. Fortunately, after going through much trouble lugging equipment, travelling and setting up for the shoots at our celebrity residences, we managed to secure the permission of KLPac (KL Performing Arts Centre) to use their premise for all future photography sessions.
We started off with our third and only candidate today; Zoee Tan, a Malaysian actress who is currently busy filming for a movie production in Hong Kong.
I met up recently with Raja Annuar, the managing director of Pelita Hati Art Gallery in Bangsar. We had our preliminary discussion on an upcoming joint photo exhibition at his premise which is scheduled to take place from the 15th-30th June 2011. It appears they had only one solo photo exhibition the whole of last year. A photography exhibition is indeed rare even with other galleries.
Malaysian Employers Federation in an interview revealed an estimated 785,000 Malaysians working overseas. Unofficially, the figure may very well be over 1 million. The brain drain rate appears to be showing no signs of decline in the last decade. Exodus: Living in Exile, is an ongoing photography project aimed at documenting the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians currently living abroad.