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







3.16.2015

Musée Mécanique. San Francisco. California. 3.15.2015.

Musée Mécanique
Pier 45 Shed A
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.346.2000







The Progress. San Francisco. California. 3.14.2015.

So this year for my birthday we went to The Progress. As you would expect from the owners of State Bird Provisions, it was phenomenal. Thank you for hosting us!

The Progress
1525 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115 415.673.1294


raw japanese snapper with turnips & crème fraîche
first of the season asparagus with lime pickle yogurt & pistachio
shaved cauliflower-herbs & pig fries
'treasure chest' of fermented sausage, trout quenelles & pumpkin-rice dumpling in a 'creamy' pork broth
pecorino 'roti' with black truffle buttermilk
aromatic spiced squab with salted chili paste
lamb merguez with yellow eye beans, octopus & crispy squid
milk chocolate-black lager ice cream, cocoa sablé & caraway seed
elderflower floating island, guava sherbet & arnold palmer gelée

2.28.2015

Sunset. Mount Davidson. San Francisco. California. 2.28.2015.

Hey little girl is your daddy home
Did he go and leave you all alone
I got a bad desire
Oh oh oh
I'm on fire

Tell me now baby is he good to you
Can he do to you the things I don't do
I can take you higher
Oh oh oh
I'm on fire

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife baby
Edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley
Through the middle of my soul

At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
And a freight train running through the
Middle of my head
Only you can cool my desire
Oh oh oh
I'm on fire


-Bruce Springsteen



Sunrise. Stinson Beach & Mount Tamalpais. California. 2.24.2015 & 2.26.2015.

I had to wake up at 4AM twice last week for sunrise shots for a shoot. The perk is seeing the sunrise at some pretty incredible places. It motivated me to shoot more sunrises. More to come!

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2.21.2015

Liholiho Yacht Club. San Francisco. California. 2.19.2015.

So I have had Ravi's cooking at another chef's birthday party before. I have heard great things about his pop up Liholiho Yacht Club, but never made it. Finally, I was able to make it to the brick and mortar. It was actually incredible. One of my favorites so far. The baked Hawaii dessert is one of the best have had in town. Since he is friends with Stuart at State Bird Provisions (where I am becoming quite a regular), there is no wonder why there are a few similarities on both menus.

Liholiho Yacht Club
871 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
415.440.5446

tuna poke, sesame oil, radish, mori cracker
duck liver toast, pickled pineapple, jalapeño
radicchio, smoke paprika honey roasted carrots, toasted quinoa, pistachios, herbs
bonito caesar, chilled brussels sprouts, broccoli romanesco, piccolo basil
marinated squid, crispy tripe, cabbage, peanuts, fried shallots, mint
fried game hen, cashews, tamari glaze, flowering kale
baked hawaii, caramelized pineapple ice cream, vanilla chiffon


The Road Not Taken. Point Reyes. California. 2.11.2015.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


-Robert Frost

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2.12.2015

Live in Levi's.

17 videos in 8 languages and their respective :15 cutdowns later, here is this season's Live in Levi's project. I think I deserve a nap now after delivering all these.



1.23.2015

Loews Madison. Washington. District of Columbia. 1.11.2015-1.17.2015

To die, to sleep -
To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…
-Hamlet

National Geographic archives. Washington. District of Columbia. 1.16.2015

At the end of the week of Seminar at National Geographic, I got a special tour of their archives with their archivist Bill Bonner. There are well over 8,000,000 pieces of slides, prints and other unpublished works here. All of which tells a story of the history of time. They also have the second biggest autochrome collection in the world. Those were my personal favorite. If you look through the loop, you can even see the potato grain on those autochromes.