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MY GRADUATION!!

MY GRADUATION!!

My Feelings 

I will start with how I am feeling right now. So... I graduated...  I don't know where to begin...  but I guess I can start with my last term at Art Center College of Design. It just hit me, as I am writing this, that I am done with my college experience. There are so many things I wish I could've done or didn't do, but I am now a graduate and need to start applying my learning in the real world.

Last 14 weeks, there have been many moments that I felt sad, happy, angry, confused, lost, and confident. In the beginning, I was lost what I want to do for my graduation. I had an idea helped by my friend but I was uncertain if I should strive for it. In the end, I did go with the idea. It was a challenge because I am a product and fashion photographer.  How do I make two elements look cohesive and unified? I just started and let the art happen as I go through the progress. 

The Concept

I love classical music and have a personal connection through 10 years of playing the violin. Also, I did a project photographing and interviewing classical musician to inform the readers that classical music is not a dying art but an evolving one and why these musicians are striving to become a classical musician even though it is not an easy path.

Other than the personal connection and the on-going project, classical music helps me find peace within myself. When I am under a lot of stress or anger, I listen to classical music to calm me down.  To me, classical music is a safe haven I reside when photography becomes too much. As much as I love photography and have a passion for it, I get a creative block and need a break from it. That is when classical music comes in. 

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I listed out all the instruments I could photograph and started planning what I could do with it. How I could arrange each one. What kind of lighting will set the mood. What kind of story do I make with the instruments and the objects together. Which angle and lens I will use. I researched and thought through how I was going to shoot each product. 

I finished both product and fashion shoot by week 11. 

Grad Wall

Wall Arrangement

After all the images were edited and ready to go, I worked on my image layout. How I should arrange the photos so the wall look coherent and make fashion and product blend well together. This is the final result I decided on: 

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The reason why I chose this layout is both field do not compete each another. The fashion and the product images are evenly divided. I chose these following images because the color palate of gold, red, and white matched the richness of classical music. 

Printing 

These are the following image sizes: (2) 35" x 49", 11"x16", 20"x28, 21"x15", 15"x21", 11"x14", 23"x35". 

I printed on Epson Luster roll paper. 

Mounting

Two big photos, I sent it to Flashpoint Graphix in Burbank and rest of the small images, I did it on my own. 

Note: Don't use foam board. If you do, use it with care and don't put too much pressure on it because it will leave an indent. 

I taped all the images placement with the blue tape on the wall. 

I taped all the images placement with the blue tape on the wall. 

Hanging 

On the back of the images, I have placed a 1/2" frame to let the image float on the wall. and put one nail on the top and support the frame to the wall with an exhibition putty.  

I taped on the wall with the size of the images and placement where they were supposed to go. 

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Final Look on the wall

Friends who came to my graduation


What's next? 

I do have a freelance job right now but I want more and do more creative work with designers, magazine, product shoots, etc. I wanna keep creating and get paid while doing what I love. 

Behind the Scene: Classical Musician Fashion Shoot

Behind the Scene: Classical Musician Fashion Shoot

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Entity Mag Influencer Photoshoot