For a few years now, I took great risks shooting in close proximity to exploding fire crackers – thinking back, it may have been too close for comfort and not something I want repeated. So this year while my dad continued the tradition of lighting the long string of firecrackers, to entertain the kids, I stayed on the first floor appreciating what’s happening downstairs from the balcony. And, each year my immediate neighbour would light the first blast and what followed simply dwarfed every other fireworks in our area — Gong Xi Fa Cai and happy holidays everyone!
The thing with shooting editorial photos for magazines is that you are engaged months before publication is due and sometimes do not get to see the pictures published until a year after. From the first Reflections of Aidilfitri seasonal themed shoot last year comes biG magazine’s Gong Xi Fa Cai feature, Festive Flavours! This season, ‘biG gets in the spirit of the Lunar New Year and meets with four charming personalities who share their fond memories and favourite traditional dishes.’ It wasn’t that long ago when we celebrated school end of term break, Christmas and ushered in the new year and it won’t be long before we brace ourselves for Chinese New Year festivity. So I managed to obtain a copy of the 2011 Jan–Mar edition from the magazine’s associate editor before it hit the shelves and the first thing I noticed was that the photographs appeared consistently darker than my submissions although the examples below do not reflect the anomaly. That’s another thing with magazine assignments—that outcomes as far as print quality something photographers have little or no influence over.