Sunday, August 26, 2012

Abandoned at the warehouse (2)

One thing I like about Sydney is that there are plenty of abandoned buildings not far from the city (and sometimes even in the city). Although this reflects badly on city planning and leaves a negative impression on visitors, it is a very good thing for photographers and models looking for a place to hone their skills and strut their stuff. The Dunlop-Slazenger warehouse in Alexandria is one such place. With its huge floorspace and lots of nooks and crannies for us to explore, we had two great shoots there last year.

I revealed the first installment of this seriest last week and now you will get to relish the rest of the pictures. Lucky you! All you need to do in return is tell me your favourite picture in this series.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Abandoned at the warehouse (1)

Let's state the obvious here. Sex sells. This is why a lot of photographers love shooting in grungy and gritty places as they add raw raunchiness to their work (a sexy model helps too of course). This is also the reason why I like working in these environments as the dirt and unpredictability contribute to the thrill of being naked in the open, something that turns me on big time.

That brings us to this particular shoot location—the Dunlop-Slazenger warehouse in Alexandria, Sydney. I remember that shoot pretty well because we were interrupted by a group of teenage skaterboarders who walked down the stairwell where I was stark naked with a complete hard-on. In return, I calmly smiled at them without covering myself. To my surprise, they were really cool about it and gave me the thumbs-up.

I really don't know why some people can loathe their naked bodies so much and worse still, dictate what the rest of us should and should not do. In defiance, I shall continue to be as naked as possible in my outdoor shoots. In doing so, I will let my body be my proclamation to the world that being nude is how we came into being and that we should never be ashamed of being in our own skin.

Without further ado, I shall leave you with the first part of this warehouse series. Tell me which one is your favourite and stay tuned for the second installment next week!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Musical journey (26)

Ision and I have been together for five years now and as we move on to our sixth, I cannot help but think about our first year together when long-distance was the rule of the day. You would have noticed by now that I have written quite a few songs with this theme of physical separation in a loving relationship and how it can take its toll on one's mind, body and spirit.

That being said, I feel that all relationships should begin through this phase of separation simply because of the adage "absence makes the heart grow fonder". But even better than that, physical separation cuts away all the drama, mind games and bullshit because you just do not have the time for it. It also helps to curb bodily urges and prevents sex from preempting the much more important mutual emotional exploration. Love takes patience and much time to grow and develop and time is what long-distance relationships have lots and lots of.

It is like going through national service—I am glad that I did it but I sure as hell won't miss it, not when I am addicted to hugging and squeezing my bibi each and every day! So enjoy this song I have written of one of the paths to a success relationship—longing out of separation from one's love.


Baby, why can't I stop thinking of you
Baby, how can I miss you this much
Baby, oh maybe
I'm living in your heart and you're staying in mine

Baby, do you not know that I am crazy
Crazily in love with you my precious one, only one
Without whom I can't survive

I can't hold on much longer
I need you to fill this hunger
I know it's getting harder
So let's just close our eyes
And let our love pull us closer together

See I told you it will get better
'Cos with your undying love for me
My heart makes me sure
And every beat reminds me to be stronger

Think about us on this day next year
When only hugs and kisses are our messengers
When "I love you" can go straight from my lips to your ears

The road ahead might not be clear
But with our love, I've no fear
I'm coming home, wait for me
It's not long more till I'm standing right in front of you

In my dreams I can hold you near
And kiss the face in my heart that I hold so dear
The stars and moon up in the sky shine their blessings on us

Baby, with that ring on your finger
I've given my word that I will stay ever after
With that promise, time and distance no longer matter

Baby, you have all of my heart for now
And forever