Friday, October 31, 2008

Horror in Taylors SABD, 30/10/2008

I know Halloween is like today, the 31st of October but what can we do? Friday is the worst time to dress up because not many people will be having class so we had it yesterday. Halloween is not usually celebrated in Malaysia but the New SABD board thought it will be fun to dress up and have a little fun before the semester ends. The event is a whole day thing, meaning students will wear their costumes/makeup for the whole day in college. TPC was also called to go around snapping photos of their weird costumes they see around campus. Hope they did their best to stalk for the best. I only got a few due to busy rushing to complete my floor-plans for Studio 2. The first person I spotted with a costume or maybe it was just a Halloween prop on was Najat, SABD's new president, wearing a knife which went through her head. Hmmmmmm........

And basically the one who stabbed her is still a mystery....... *hint* The one who took the picture is the one who stabbed her....

Next was Mr. David Ooi, supposedly a Chinese Mafia but many thought he wanted to be Hugh Hefner, the father of all Playboy Bunnies. So, his two buddies came to his recue by taking out markers and started to draw fake side-burns and a goatee inspired by Tony Stark.

He only found out that the markers were permanent markers when he went home and couldn't really wash it off.

But they did a good job because he looked much better after the make-over. Good work guys...

I was suppose to go look for Daphne at 11 for her to help me with the make-up for my ultimate costume. Don't give me the stare..... I don't own make up okay and I have no skills in applying it on my face so I had to ask for help. But plans were changed due to my "blur" state after staying up the previous night and forgetting to bring my wallet and the batteries for my camera so I had to rush home to get it or else I will be in trouble if I was caught driving without my license.

So plans changed and we decided to meet in the Studio so she can help me apply my makeup. I got my nails painted black the night before to somehow compliment with the look I wanted to achieve. Black shirt, pants and shoes, I walked into college looking like half a Goth but this is not what I wanted. After printing my floor-plans, I met up with my make-up artists to turn me into the monster I wanted to be. Jess, Daphne, Ellie and Dalila were my make-up artists....

Jess as a goth girl and Daphne as a Dark Princess.

And Hau Yee, also a goth girl and Ellie came as a nerd.

They only started to help after Cam-whoring for awhile in their new looks... Posers....

Then the "Making Aaron as scary as possible, A.S.A.P (not as soon as possible in this case)" began.
Layer and layer of make up which I don't know what it is called were applied on my face. What eye shadow, foundation, etc.... I seriously don't get the terms for the tools girls use to make thier faces pretty each day.

And the Result...........

Wahhla..... This is no joker okay... I was going for insane Goth Guy with his mouth cut and stitched but we couldn't get the stitch effect but all in all, it looked great.
Feel the evil people.
I must admit, I look good in evil.

With the people who made it happen for me... I look totally insane...

We had to rush to our last lecture for Studio 2 at 2 P.M. so imagine me walking into class with that face. Yes, I did shock many of my course mates but I was surprised that I shocked the lecturers as well. So girls, Really Good job... HAHA..... I am so thankful.

After the lecture, we had a crit session with our own lecturer. I was really a big big distraction in class. Oops, sorry Mr. Cheah. But the crit went well today. All I have to do now is to improve and alter some design aspects for my dive center.

While waiting for our turn, Mr. Cheah allowed me, Ben and Hau Yee to go have lunch and as usual, we had to go to the Mamak for lunch because only the Mamak is still open after 3p.m. and yes, I was still in make up and all. So try to imagine the stares I got from the public. HAHA. But it was a fun experience. I do hope no one recognise me without my makeup.

Ben as a Goth at the Mamak.

After presenting my design, as usual, we cam-whored in the other classrooms. Our crit lasted till late late late into the evening, so we were given the freedom to go home as soon as we were done, but no, we didn't leave but we took more pictures of ourselves.

Me and Kiet Yeang

Aaron C, me, as the evil one, cool and Aaron L as the good and normal one, Lame.

Me and Ellie.

Goth Hau Yee.

Professional Cam-whorers, using DSLR to cam-whore.

2 evil + 2 good girls but all in the Black and White. Daphne looks as if she is ready to kill someone. SO does Hau Yee...

ARGHHHHH!!!! I am the first Target... Save me....

Oh wait, I am insane too. HAHA... I fear NOTHING... YOU FEAR ME!!!!

Sorry if it seems that I have too many pictures of myself in this post. I just so love the look that this is the first time I have so many pictures of myself in my camera. HAHA. Well, the nest time you see this face.......

Just smile and say hi. Don't be so serious. Like the famous over quoted quote by joker in Batman:"WHY SO SERIOUSSS???"

After cam-whoring for sometime, we went back to class to listen to Mr. Cheah on what we have to do for the next 2 weeks before the submission.. Its going to get stressful again... Oh well, what to do? Thats life. When Mr. Cheah was about to end, we surprised Chi because it was also his birthday..... Well, will write this in the next post because I am Kind of tired now..... So till then.....

Thank You for reading...... And be patient for the next post...

~To be continued, Chi's Surprise and also mine???!!!~

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New blog....

I decided to start writing out my thoughts on Don't ask why I started it. Just that I did. You don't have to read it if you don't want to. HAHA

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunderland University Convocation @ SEGI College, 25/10/08

University Of Sunderland had it's 2008 convocation at the Multi-Purpose Hall yesterday and the only reason I am able to write about it is because I was given the opportunity to help out as the photographers' assistant. I was invited by Philip to join him and his partner to cover for the event thus letting me experience taking studio photos and also the graduation ceremony shots. So what does an assistant do? Well, doing whatever the photographers need you to do. There were 4 other student helpers/volunteers from SEGI college making me the odd one from Taylors College. Due to this being my first time in going to SEGI, I was slightly late due to the twist and turns and stopping to ask for directions (who says guys don't know how to stop and ask for directions?). Finally, arriving at SEGI at 1215, I met up with the two photographers face to face for the first time and also had lunch with them. It was great because they spoke Foo Chou with me and this is rare in K.L. Well, yea, this is because I forgot to mention, Philip and Andy were flown in by SEGI as the official photographers for the event from Sibu.

SEGI College Roman Inspired Main Building.

Interior of the main building.

Well, I had the opportunity to run out abit to snap photos of the College and the graduates before the photography session.

The view into the college. Reminds me of the Roman empire. Except, there weren't any gigantic clock towers at that era.

On the way back to the photography studio, I saw this small pavillion consisting of 6 female statues.

And the statues resembles a Roman sculpture. Don't ask me how I know? These are the things I must know. Thanks to Architecture History.

When you look up at the center of the pavillion, the motives just brings in the light revealing the clouds of the bright sunny sky. The only reason it looks dark is because I am shooting directly into the bright light.

Went back to the studio to find that Philip was already starting to snap photos of the registration area and also of the surroundings. So I also took the oppotunity to do so. Then I spotted a small makeshift stall selling bouquets of flowers for the graduates.

And this shop provided me with one of my favorite kind of photographs which is the micro shots.

I wonder who got these beautiful bouquet of roses. And yes it cost almost the same price as those sold on Valentine's day. About rm 35 for 6 roses. Expensive nya... but guess what? There were all sold out by 4 p.m. How did I know this? Because some of the graduates's parents told me so during the photoshoot.

Registeration area.

Stairway to the MPH.

Even before the graduates began swarming into the photography studio, there were already some taking pictures with their family by the pool.

Everyone was looking their best.

So after taking the shots i wanted, I went back into the photography studio and by then, there were a few people signing up for the Studio shots of them and their family.

The small, make-shift backdrop.

One of the graduates signing up.

After signing up and paying, the graduates gets their photo taken by Andy. And what was my first job? See the chair in the make-shift studio, I had to move it to the side when it's individual shots of the graduates and bring it in and arrange it when taking the family shots.

Andy at work.

Graduate and family choosing the photos and Clara (far left), one of the helpers whom I earlier found out was also a Sibu-ian there to help out Philip. She helped write down which pictures the graduates and their family wants.

The props used for the photos. Sorry, I didn't take any pictures Andy was taking, because it will just look weird me, taking the photos.

But I did manag to take some of the reactions of the people in the room while the photo shot was in session.

Gradutes busily signing up for a photoshoot.

From the inside, I spotted a little girl holding a Bouquet with a teddy bear in the middle. I am guessing her dad just graduated or her uncle. But this picture is just too adorable.

Elsewhere, graduates taking pictures everywhere.

The graduates began to leave the studio at 4 p.m. for their rehearsal walk. Well, even at this time, there were some family members coming up to us as if they will not be able to get their pictures taken. We had to request them to leave the room politely or else they will make Clara crazy with all the complaining. Me and the rest of the helpers followed Philip and Andy up to the graduation hall so that Philip can brief us on what to do for the Stage shot.

6 o'clock came fast and the graduates began to take their seats and the family members began filling up the hall. There were chatters everywhere. Everyone was excited, its like one of the highlights in their life. Well, maybe it is. I can only answer you next year. If I graduate Diploma in Architecture that is. But I believe I can, I just have to work hard till the end.

The ceremony started with the march in by the Dean and the scholars for the University, the VIPs.

After singing the Malaysian National song and the British Anthem, a small speech was given by the representative from Sunderland and the certificate ceremony began.

190 graduates, one by one walked up the stage to receive their degrees and was presented by the representative.

The cermony took about 1 and a half hours. After that, it was time for us to do our job. After the VIPs left the room, we had to move 75 chairs up the stage and 10 sofas, sat by the VIPs to the floor. Besides, we had to control the crowd as the graduates went up the stage to their spots for the group photographs session. Excited parents wanted to get pictures of their children and ignoring the announcement made by us and the M.C. We had to pull a rope accross the hall and asked those family members to step behind the line.

So here is a message to all the students out there to tell their family when you graduate: "I know that you all have been educated. So when you graduate, please tell your parents or family to learn how to listen to instructions. It just creates more trouble when they don't listen. Tell them that the photographers will give them time to snap the photo they want. So please do not waste their time and their energy."

After much arranging and persuasion, we managed to get the group photos. Even, I got the chance to take one, Just for fun. HAHA. Proof I was there.

Big crowd!

The representative from Sunderland.

Final group shot, throwing up the graduation hats. Congratulations to all who graduated.

Family members frantically trying to get the photos after Andy took the pictures.

The representative was the star of the night. Every graduates wanted a picture with her.

One of the graduates speaking with one of the VIP.

Happy graduates.

Had to rush back to the studio to finish up the photo session at 8. By the time we went back to the studio, it was just chaos everywhere. So many graduates and their family rushed into the studio and requesting to be the first to have their picture taken. There was so much chaos that we had to use a number system to keep everyone at bay. Some got mad and decided to cancel, some yelled but all in all, we had to finish up no matter what. Didn't manage to take any photos then because I was just too busy. The final graduate and family left at 10 p.m. We were just too tired. By then, my body was aching from the constantly moving the chair and my eyes were flashing due to all the flashes made by the flash. My eyes were starting to sing the song "Flashing Lights" by Kanye West at this point. But I was just thankful that everything was done.

After packing everything was packed and moved to Philip's room, all of us went out for dinner. Philip reated us to dinner and I really appreciate it. After dinner, I asked them for a for a group photo. Just so I can remember this day and the people I met.

From left: Philip, Pek Tong, Joe, Ivan, Andy and Clara. Hope I got the names right.

The experience I gained was priceless. I got to see the work and the pressure the photographers face each time they go out for a studio shoot. I see their dedication and their knowledge in this field. Just like to thank Philip for the opportunity to follow him. At least now I know what to expect in the future when I cover events for the college activities.

Well, got to start doing assignments again. Sorry for the long post. Ciaoz..