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2009 October | Ena Photography - Part 2

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Bo at No Black Tie – 14 Oct 2009

Bo at NBT Oct 2009

I could not recall when was the first time that I met Bo. Most likely during early days (of 2008) when Hunny Madu was performing with The Basics at Bangkok Jazz. I do remember however that The Sevens (which Bo is also a part of) took the opening act for one of Hunny’s performance. Hm.. Yes. That was probably the first time that I watched Bo perform with band.

His first solo act however was an impromptu one right after Hunny’s performance in No Black Tie. Most of the crowd had left. It was passed midnight, but the remaining people there were a group of Singaporeans who obviously had a wee bit too much to drink but nonetheless their happy spirit was entertaining. Bo went up the stage, took his guitar and started singing – randomly. Like seriously, you can’t get any random than this. Bo can diss about a woman (in mind you, swearing at the same time), and make it sound so romantic. I can’t post up the lyrics here because well.. let’s just keep this blog clean but if you do get a chance to watch Bo perform, you’d know what I mean.

So with that experience in mind, I made myself once again to No Black Tie last thursday. Got myself a good cup of hot green tea, had my beloved 50mm and shutter-clicked away.

Bo at NBT Oct 2009

Bo at NBT Oct 2009

Deeparaya Turned Impromptu Maternity Shoot

Khariah - Maternity

How was your Deepavali celebration? As for me it was a night spent with the girls at Fairuza’s (or fondly known as Pai) house where she hosted a Deepa-raya open house. Before we arrived, I was informed that Pai makes the most wicked chicken rice ever so I was disappointed that when we arrived, there were barely any left. But fret not! Pai quickly informed us that she was cooking up more. In the meantime, there were a bit left so I did manage to savour a plate (and a bit of some rojak).

As we were chatting away, I was surprised by the arrival of a friend, Zura (who I last saw on her wedding day) as well as her maiden of honor, Khariah (also whom I haven’t seen in a long time). It was excruciating to see them – Zura was 5 months pregnant and Khariah looked like her 9 months belly was gonna pop any moment. After my second plate of chicken rice (hehe), I quickly convinced Khariah to take some shots of her belly – hey, better have some pictures of your first pregnancy than nothing at all. This led to the photos below – very impromptu. Lighting from the flash bounced towards the ceiling and that’s it.

It might be cliche but I still like them nonetheless. Hope Khariah loves them too! I did my best to de-bloat her fingers; I never knew pregnancy could have led to so much of water retention – her fingers and feet were swollen!

Khariah - Maternity

Homegrown Space – Stonebay, Couple, Yuna

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Well, I’ve actually been to a few gigs after ramadhan month but nothing of worthy to post till this one. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve talked a lot about how I would enjoy music photography only if the lighting was right. I really really wish Laundry, The Curve reads this entry one fine day because they should really stop on the annoying blue/green/purple random lighting during performances. Seriously. I know you guys are trying to create the mood, but I can assure you that there are much better (and much photography worthy) ways. Hence the reason why I won’t be posting the photos of Pesawat’s performance at Laundry two weeks ago. The lighting was just bad bad. Maybe other photographers don’t really care but I surely do.

What I will post are photos from the Homegrown Space showcase last Friday at Bentley music, The Curve. This is their second round and they had bands Stonebay, Couple and pure-wholesome-goodness voiced Yuna. I’ve met Stonebay through a photoshoot which I assisted Azwaa about 2 months back but never really had the chance to listen to their music. So I thought, why not check it out? On top of that, I’ve missed listening to Yuna since I last saw her at Urbanscapes.

So what is Homegrown Space? This is a direct extract from their website,

The Homegrown Space is part of an on-going project to encourage undiscovered and budding talents to join the Homegrown movement to promote and grow the local art scene. It is a dedicated “space” for artists from all walks to nurture and showcase their art.

It is a way for the company, Homegrown, to give back to the community by providing a positive and conducive environment for performances and giving artists a platform to showcase what they can do and what they are about.

The setting of the performance was intimate; organizers placed a few bean bags around the tiny stage, a few chairs and one large sofa. The crowd was small too…well till it was Yuna’s turn to perform – that was kind of expected. That girl is MAJOR talent!

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