6.14.2015

5.16.2015

Ex Machina.

I am become death, The Shatterer of Worlds.
-J. Robert Oppenheimer

5.12.2015

American Society of Media Photographers The Future of Photography in Advertising. SF Camerawork. San Francisco. 5.28.2015.

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) Northern California asked me to speak on a panel this month on The Future of Photography in Advertising.

Register here: http://asmp.org/education/event/info?id=1051#.VVLJs0szjRp

5.28.2015 7PM-9PM
SF Camerawork
1011 Market Street 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Paul Curtin Novio
Suzee Barrabee Goodby Silverstein & Partners
Mike Mazza Salesforce
Naomi Duckworth Heat
Jacqueline Fodor Venables Bell & Partners
Amy Yvonne Yu Virtually Nonexistent
Jason Goldheim i4Color

ASMP at the door $25
Others at the door $35

5.05.2015

4.26.2015

Closing of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Alcatraz Island. California. 4.26.2015.

Choices after waking up: To be true or to lie? To take action or be brainwashed? To be free or be jailed?
- Ai Weiwei

In my family's case, all of the above.

My family suffered greatly during the Cultural Revolution in China. My grandfather was thrown in jail for being a principal/educated. The rest of my family fled to Hong Kong piece by piece to escape the oppression. They lost everything. It was then a high priority to flee Hong Kong to escape its eminent return to China by 1997. That is how I came to live in California.

Having been to this exhibit on opening night, I have to say that this show is much different during the day. It feels more hopeful and less haunting.













3.29.2015

Akiko's. San Francisco. California. 3.26.2015.

My uncle Henry is in town from Shanghai right now as my grandmother is very ill. I took him out to sushi for dinner as I heard he loves sushi. Naturally, I took him to Akiko's for the super over the top omakase. This is what I have when I am there with the other executive chefs in town. I have been going to Akiko's for 15 years now, and it's become one of the best sushi restaurants in San Francisco in the past few years. It was extra special as my uncle Winter was a sushi chef and uncle Henry did not get to come for his funeral. So it was a really special meal in many ways.

Akiko's
431 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.397.3218





3.25.2015

Love. The Mirage. Las Vegas. Nevada. 3.22.2015.

Since I am not a drinker nor a gambler, I ended up doing other things in Vegas instead. I love The Beatles. I am British. It was my birthday. Birthday Love it was. Another amazing show! Many people were brought to tears at the end; I can easily see why.


O. Bellagio. Las Vegas. Nevada. 3.21.2015.

O was the biggest reason why I went to Las Vegas. I have been told over and over how this is a lot of people's favorite show ever. This is by far the best show I have ever seen. I got chills from watching this and that has never happened to me before. I highly recommend you seeing this if you can. It's simply magical.

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Fiori Di Como. Bellagio. Las Vegas. Nevada. 3.20.2015-3.23.2015.

2000 hand blown glass blossoms by Dale Chihuly. Still impressive after all these years.

Bellagio. Las Vegas. Nevada. 3.20.2015-3.23.2015.

Pull him away
Jealous so with me
Go there for new
For new things there

Singing of a famous street
I want to love, I've all the wrong glory
But is it Heaven or Las Vegas?
But you're much more brighter than the sun is to me

He's a hustler
It's a role he'll never make suit
Hang on to this
Stay and stay and fail and fail

Pull him away
Jealous so with me
Go there for new
For new things there

Singing of a famous street
I want to love, I've all the wrong glory
But is it Heaven or Las Vegas?
But you're much more brighter than the sun is to me

Reaching this itch in my soul
Is like any good playing card
Must be why I'm thinking of Las Vegas
Why, it's more brighter than the sun is to me

Carnivals are bluster loud
I'm dizzy so I go, under the 'Big Dipper'
Come fantasy for a carnival
How fitting before a wedding

Singing of a famous street
I want to love, I've all the wrong glory
But is it Heaven or Las Vegas?
But you're much more brighter than the sun is to me

Reaching this itch in my soul
Is like any good playing card
Must be why I'm thinking of Las Vegas
Why, it's more brighter than the sun is to me

Maybe then you will swear
This is hardly personal
I suspect I'm singing to a tune
And still find that beats singing to your soon

-Cocteau Twins

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Neon Museum. Las Vegas. Nevada. 3.20.2015.

I highly recommend booking a tour here at the Neon Museum if you are in Las Vegas. You get to go to downtown Vegas and see all the buildings and pass all the Elvis wedding chapels. It's also a great way get the history of Las Vegas.

Neon Museum
770 N Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas NV 89101
702.387.6366