Wednesday, July 7, 2010

     

Angel Dreams Wrap-up

The experience of putting this exhibition together was no less painful than doing the first. If anything, only more.

I stayed up till 7am for some 4 weeks. Retouching, organizing, planning. Some days I felt so sick I threw up, I hated it.

So despite having assistant Valerie help run errands, printer pal James check print proofs and installations, I still, on numerous occasions, asked them if I could just not do the show anymore. I felt I lacked so so much, that all I wanted to do was dig a hole somewhere and die.

Then James told me I'd said the same thing while preparing for Something Beautiful two years back, and so all I could really do was suck it up and try live through the process. 

Sure enough, when it was all done, it felt wonderful. I was happy and proud of what was accomplished, like I had overcome a great obstacle (corny as it may sound).

I'd like to thank the Embassy of Japan for their support, the Japan Creative Centre for the absolutely stunning location, and Canon for the epic and beautiful canvas prints.

The exhibition also wouldn't have been possible without the help and support of all my dear friends and loved ones, you have my utmost gratitude:

- Mum, this goes without saying, I love you.

- Valerie, for coordinating everything, like, everything

- Toby, for beta-ing all my flawed writings, putting up with my worst days, drawing my journey story, and staying up with me till 6am, many many mornings... 

- Yip & Asuka -- my dedicated art department advisors, for being there every 3am, helping me decide between images and layouts, when my eyes couldn't see a straight line to be straight any longer.

- James, for helping out with print preparations, proofs, installations and curating. 

- Sugizo, for being supportive and kind. For being the muse since before I even picked up photography. Our shoot meant so much to me, more than what I can express in words, ever. 

- The Moomba Restaurant, for providing awesome catering for my very small and private preview night. (The food was so loved I barely had anything left to bring home after. Blahh.)

And to everyone who took time out to visit the exhibition, thank you. It truly means a lot to me.


The rest is for those who were too far away to make it for the show, please know that I'm thankful for your support too~ <3


A little about the exhibition:

As many of you know, I grew up to Gundam Wing and X Japan.

Gundam Wing taught me to dream, and X Japan inspired my photography.

I worked a lot in the last two years, I've a list of wonderful clients that I'd never even dreamt about being able to work for. But no matter how far I go, it's always been important for me to not forget my past.

Personal work is like an anchor which reminds me of who I am and what I went through.

And this exhibition is a tribute and summary of the Japanese influence that has rooted itself deeply in me since my childhood days.



A special section in the exhibition was the journey room. There was a story of Japanese influence on my life, a wall of outtakes and behind the scene photos, and a display of personal items and things that have made a difference to my work, as well as some drawings of layouts for my Gothic & Lolita Bible photoshoots.



Here you can tell just how much I love Hiroaki Samura, Sugizo, X Japan and Gundam Wing:



And some setup pictures --


And that is all. Sorry for the huge post. Once again, thank you everyone for making this possible~ <3

49 comments :

DwikoArie said...

Amazing achievement. I remember coming across your work in DeviantArt and as the years progress your work gets better and better.

A huge inspiration to the photography world...

Alexandria said...

Congrats on the exhibition! So glad that everything worked out.

miss ifa said...

for being an invisible avid fan for such a long time, really regretted not coming to any of your exhibitions. T_T didn't really have to chance yet.

but congratulation on your achievements. It really does inspire and motivates people in whatever they are pursuing. you certainly motivates me XD

yana said...

hi. i just wanted to thank you again for the inspiration :) you and your works made me happy on my last day in Singapore. i made sure to go there for a wrap-up of happy memories :)

kx said...

congrats! looks amazing! =)
wish it would be on till i go back...

come to london soon for some breakfast in bed & some scones + clotted cream. i promise i'll never forget the clotted cream. lol. x

Aga Kreglewska said...

Funny thing, my first exhibition ended today as well. Although I can't compare myself to you in any way, I too had many moments when I just wanted to crawl under a rock and die (and mind you, it was just a group exhibition but I was still shitting my pants!) but crap, I told everyone I was doing it so I couldn't pull out;)

I guess that's how these things work, you're stressed and so tired you fall flat on your face, you curse the bloody thing but in the end, that feeling of accomplishment is well worth the pain.

I wish I had been there, your work is amazing. Keep it up girl! And I hope you'll visit Dublin someday and organise a meetup here:)

dollsoflace said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I hope some day we'll have an exhibit of your photographs in the states - I'd love to see it. :)

Chenxi said...

one of these days, I'll be able to attend one of these. until then, thank you for sharing all your hard work =)

Mani said...

Congratulations on the exhibition! All your work's so inspiring, you deserve it.

Danny said...

Kicking myself for not having seen this... :(

maya said...

congratulations on amazing exhibit! it looks stunning!

Yamabuki said...

Beautiful Beautiful dreams...

Sometimes dreams are nightmares
But Nightmares are our friends
They show us our fears
They show us our ourselves
A mirror that does not lie

Dream images of our eyes
Dream images of our soul
Dream images of our life

Keep going and the dream changes
Changes from fear to beauty
A Dream of angels
An Angel's dream

Thank you Jingna
For the Angel's Dreams

-Yamabuki

randomkeex said...

words fail me. I can't tell you how amazing that looks .. if only i had a chance to be there and see it in person experience it all .. DAMN ITTTT .. please come and do an exbition in LONDON pleaseee oh please i will be the first to be there DAMN i love your work :)

Patricia said...

congratulations!! so happy for you. proud of you too!

Linda C. said...

I love your work and after meeting you in NYC, I learned that behind that work is a purely genuine, beautiful and humble artist who tells the world that she is just as human as anyone else. It makes your work just so much more beautiful to me and I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me and TONS of other people to pick up the camera.

So happy for you! Congratulations!

Luna said...

You need to come to Atlanta for an exhibition!!

mandrágora. said...

"I grew up to Gundam Wing and X Japan."
ahaha, you're the cutest!
Congratulations!!! i'm really happy for you! you are amazing and my inspiration : )

BERK DUYGUN said...

It is really nice of you!

I also worked for an exhibit project for 2 months, and i made every photo with 60 years old camera, during the shootings i felt down into a marsh, had to climb to a three and many more. Anyhow everything was alright but I chose gf's working place ( a theather ) to make this exhibit as her wish. Afterwords I had to leave her. Then she cancelled the exihibit X____x!
It was really mean. Now I have another exhibit place but I'm not sure about to make this exhibit anymore...

Anyhow, It is really nice to see you did a good job. Congrats!!!

Be strong, we are fallowing your works and we will keep fallow. You are an inspiration for us. =)))

dan said...

i wish i was there to view the exhibit for real. :) maybe next time or next life time

Jo said...

I'm so very happy for you. I hope that one day, I can personally attend one of your exhibitions--I've been a fan of your work for years.

My most sincere congratulations to you!

melissa lakhena. said...

you have always inspired me - from the moment i started photography.
ive progressed as i've seen you progress further and further. congratulations on all your hard work, it surely pays off! you inspire everyone around you much more than you know.

thank you!

Kirsty said...

One day I dream of having my own exhibition. Im rushing this, I only had time to read half the text, but I'll be back later. It looks amazing, classical setting and so beautiful. I can only imagine how you must have felt when it was all finished and ready. To stand in front of all that work must have been a very emotional moment in your life. I love our work, and the fact you are humble with it. You must be so proud, you are a symbol of hope to many people that if you work hard, you might just make it. Well done, Ive been looking forward to seeing these for a long time, it was worth the wait.
xxxxx kirsty mitchell

BorisA said...

I wish that I lived near you, or that you'd ever bring one of your exhibitions to Colombia... or anywhere in Latin America

bibi said...

Amazing. I wish I could attend your exhibitions someday =)
I'm in japan, so if you ever gonna have an exhibition here, i'll definitely visit.
I'm still working my way to become a pro-photographer. You're really an inspiration.

Juu Sommi :) said...

wow that's so amazing i wish I could come and look arround you gallery. You're awesome and I hope you will never change the way how you see your live thats I can't keep it in words. ♥ I really love your work ^-^

Anya said...

A HUGE congratulations to you and your team. You really are truly truly truly an inspiration. :)

dreamtomatoes said...

I don't think I've ever said this to you before, but thank you for picking up photography.
The exhibition looks like a beautiful experience, and although I worried about the throwing-up part of the process, I hope you have more exhibitions to come in the future. I wasn't able to see this one, so I would like to make going to one of your future exhibitions, a goal in life. :]

rong said...

very proud of u! =D

Lacy said...

What an absolutely beautiful exhibit in such a beautiful location! Congrats! Wish I could have been there to experience it in person. Though I am quite inspired simply by reading through this post and looking at all the photos. Again, congratulations!

Katherine Davenport said...

Wow. Beautiful! You and your crew did such a great job! I wish I had been able to see it first hand.

dante direnç said...

...I see my stomach and not my face. *amused*
And I'm very late in realising this, but...SO THAT WAS WHAT THE MYSTERY POLAROID CAMERA WAS FOR. LOL
That aside I do really wish I'd been there. The pictures, as awesome as they are, probably cannot beat the feeling of being there. I shall wait for moar awesome. :'D Have fun in the US and A!

Jia Ling said...

I had the great joy of being able to meet you twice, both at Comic Fiesta. I introduced myself as Jac'Kee but I'm not sure if you remember. :)

To me you're beyond inspiring, in your passion for your work and for sticking to what it is you love despite the odds.

Your pictures move me in more ways then words can describe and I hope you will go even further in the future.

I managed to catch your exhibition when I was back for a short break in Malaysia and I took a short trip with my friends to Singapore. I loved it beyond words and I think your set up was very well planned. Kudos to your team <3 I loved the whole 2 to 3 hours I spent wandering the gallery and losing myself in your displays, especially the ones you had of Sugizo. There was just so much love, and so much honesty in your words that I can't thank you enough for sharing.

Lovely stuff you have! Please keep on creating! I hope one day I'll get to meet you in person again and talk to your a little more again : )

mtchi said...

Everything is just so beautiful. congratulations<3

Christian A. said...

Congratulations on the beautiful exhibition. Hard work always gives great benefits!

MigratoryEagle said...

You are so talented. Congratulations !

Diabetic Lolita said...

Wow! I just really loooove your photo's!

I wish I could visit your exhibition! It looks amezing!

Ellarina said...

This exhibition looks incredible, I wish I could have seen it myself in person. Congratulations for pulling it all together, if I were you I would be very proud of all that I had accomplished!

I am being completely sincere when I say that your photos continue to be some of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and even glancing at them can move me so powerfully.

Please don't ever give up!

Anonymous said...

congratulations! i really appreciate and adore your form of art. i wish you a well rd ahead. take care.

Oleksandr Hnatenko said...

hehe, really fine location,
and yes to organize exhibition you need at leas 5 people working all the time on it ...

best wishes from vienna city
oh!

mel said...

went to the exhibition. LOVED IT! the ambiance there added a fine touch while looking at your work! <3

ice Lee said...

please have a show in Boston or New York!!!
Your work is beautiful :]

Amy Inferno said...

looks epic.
why don t you bring it to, let s say... south europe? :)

Amelia said...

Congratulation!
it looks awesome too bad I'm not in singapore so I couldn't come =[

flaptraps said...

Congrats on the show, would have been to cool to see!! cheers

mashnash said...

wow
that looks amazing
would love to see that.. opposite side of the world :(
i absolutely love your work!
you're very inspiring :D
x

superfilthy said...

Congratulations on the exhibit! :D

I knew you would put that picture of (Yuta?) at the entry. XD That is the most awesome picture ever, and honestly, it's what got me into photography. I <3 you ZJ.

MiaElisabeth said...

It looks amazing...

I hope you will have a show in Denmark at some point!

©Sherly said...

This is late, but I was super excited about the exhibition and planned to go. Unfortunately, a few days before that, I had to go back to Indonesia to settle some stuffs.

I was pretty disappointed about it, so I told my boyfriend to go in my stead. He's now hooked on your photographs too :3

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