And so I'm jumping onboard what seems like a very common progression among 'aging' photographers looking for some sort of relief from aching backs and necks from having lugged a few tons of full-frame photography equipment around for years. Heartpatrick is excited to venture into the strange but not-so-new world of mirrorless cameras, and I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by the features and image quality that this baby has thrown back at me after a few weeks of TLC.
Heartpatrick's cuti-cuti Malaysia kicks off in Year 2016 with a drop-in to my favourite Malaysian town for an ex-colleague's wedding. Still charming as ever, and the discovery of newly opened homestays and other f&b establishments mean more reasons to be back, hopefully soon.
Continuing the tradition of big travel projects, here's a compilation of our portraits taken during the ten-day journey through Rajasthan. With just the three of us this round, we are definitely missing the impact afforded when we go out in full force, all eight of us.
PORTRAITS • NOV 2015
White works, especially when it is used as a clean backdrop to highlight the sunny cheerful smile of Peng Sheng on a sun-blessed afternoon.
PORTRAITS • NOV 2015
A little more than a year since the first portrait session, Akira is back for a fresh set of shots as we document her growing up years.
SPACES • SEP 2015
Nine Running Yolks may be a newly founded KL-based bakery, but the passionate baker behind this brand, Jiric, is definitely no stranger to the home baker scene in KL. Fresh from his stint in Qatar and Paris, he's finally settling down for greater things. Look out for his decadent creations in cafes around town, starting with Third Wave Coffee at Nexus, Bangsar.
SPACES • AUG 2015
One of the more recent cafe offerings to mushroom out from the Chinatown neighbourhood is The Front Door and their very photogenic open-face sandwiches.
PORTRAITS • AUG 2015
During my research in Instagram of exciting things to do in New York, I chanced upon Rudolf's profile and so my first portrait shoot over at this exciting, new playground was arranged. Naturally, the backdrop features one the top destination in my off-the-tourist-map spots list - this really cool underground metro station on 9th street. And we also threw in a visit to the High Line Park to take advantage of a sunny summer afternoon.
PEOPLE • JUL 2015
Been awhile since my last female portrait, but Lee Sin is simply one of those fresh young faces that you cannot say no to. And for a self-declared "cafe rat", there is no better place to shoot her than in the company of one of her favourite cafes in town.
Thank you Awesome Canteen and Prologue in Petaling Jaya for the opportunity to use your beautiful space.
URBAN HERITAGE • JUL 2015
As the fading trades lose in limelight to new hipster cafes, chic homestays and other artsy establishments, the revival of the Jonker neighbourhood marches on as I start a second set on one of my favourite Malaysian cities.
SPACES • JUN 2015
Clean and minimalist is this sun-kissed space that works marvellously for any OCD instagrammers and incidentally serves great matcha latte and aglio olio pasta too!
The minimalist movement has taken over Instagram by storm. A huge group of ardent believers are dedicating their effort to producing sets after sets of clean, uncluttered, almost OCD-like images that celebrates the simplicity of life around us.
This is a movement that I have just recently picked up myself, and while Turkey, with its cacophony of mess, is most certainly not the best place to start, it was nevertheless a fun experience attempting to intepret my surrounding in a whole new way.
Many things can happen over a cup of tea.
Perhaps the most compelling question of the night is why has a photographer allowed the tragic reality of having not even one proper portrait album of himself after almost a decade of portrait shoots. I hereby dedicate People 100 to myself, the one person who have diligently stayed behind the lens as others walk away with albums after albums of memories.
This album will be continuously updated until I reached the final objective of, yes, 100 satisfactory published selfie shots.
HeartAbode v3.0 has not seen as much giggles as this fun-filled morning in March 2015.
The grandeur that is the Angkor Architectural park, spanning a few hundreds of square kilometers, is perhaps only matched in scale by the brutality of the Khmer Rouge genocide in the late 1970's that wiped out one fourth of the country's population. And thus the perfect contrast of Cambodia's rich history is presented.
A little sneak peek into the atmospheric christmas season over in this part of the world.
A coincidental acquaintance with Mr Chueamueangphan brought us People 111.
And the infatuation continues.
Collab for gospel singer Carmen Sarah Chung for her second gospel music album, slated for release this Oct. My possibly sixth portrait album in the charming labyrinthine landscape of Centrio, and I'm still finding angles and spots that I have not explored. :">
Gene becomes this unsuspecting victim for a Heartpatrick studio shoot try out.
My eleventh trip to Bangkok, but who really is counting? Yet I have found another slice of the city life to experience, this time in the form of chic hostels and artsy cafes. And so the pull of the city of angels continues.
I'm increasingly interested to consider this charming town as the place to retire in. :">
So a drop-in to Georgetown is never complete without also checking out some recent openings in the cafe scene.
IThe sweet, beautiful Rajasthanis, to dedicate an album to them is perhaps as effortless as finishing a satisfying cup of hot masala chai in one gulp. While it's definitely common to find the opportunistic ones who were out to give our tourist buck a few spins, once we got out of the tourist hotspots, we found a whole community of genuine locals who were eager to break their daily routine for some small chat about the Gods, the Forts and everything in between.
The check-in to Beijing, China's massive capital of over 11mil people, was greatly motivated by the need to admire the thriving modern arts and culture scene there, though its setting against a historical backdrop that stretches back three millennia was quite a unique contrast. The modern architecture circuit is easily followed by searching for all the SOHO developments in the city, and along the way, hutongs and their new-found quirkiness make for an interesting distraction that is worthy of an afternoon here and there.
This album focuses on the modern take on the city as well as the on the creative reimagination of the old.
PORTRAITS • SEP 2015
My love for Taman Bukit Pantai, or the fishy neighbourhood as I affectionately call it, started many years ago with the discovery of Baba Low and Sekeping Tenggiri. It's not easy to be hip with streets that are named after fishes, but when you have houses that are rebuilt with a strong sense of artsy progressive architecture style yet still marvellously staying true to its vintage roots, you get a really promising neighbourhood that continues to excite at every turn.
PORTRAITS • SEP 2015
Colin wanted a set of photos to commemorate his coming of age by, and thus the slipping on of the tux, though rare as an attire in Heartpatrick's lineup, is all but appropriate, especially so when set against the chic modern setting of the St Mary Residences.
The search for that perfect gym for a long-pending shoot finally ended with the discovery of The War3house, this rough and tough outlet built out of a former warehouse in Subang Jaya. And there won't be any better model to grace this charming backdrop other than the super committed Chris Wu himself.
Special thanks to the friendly folks behind The War3house for the permission to use this venue.
There's something about the visual of a lone person against the backdrop of a big wide space that makes me want to break into a song, or in the case of my street photography, a frenzied high-speed shutter to capture this almost poetic moment. Rare as it may for this opportunity to appear especially in a crowded city like New York, my tendency to stay away from the rat race and venture deep into the neighbourhoods did help.
SPACES • JUN 2015
Having established himself well in the interior design space for commercial projects, Joe certainly got a head start in his first foray into the f&b industry. Stubborn Joe's interior is a marriage of the aesthetics of vintage materials and furniture items, and the functionality of a well-designed space.
TRAVEL • MAY 2015
Turkey sets me off at a part of the world that is until now been alien to me. While I'm used to identifying a travel experience based on the association to very distinct cultural elements of a country, here's one place that can be pretty confusing when it comes to that.
Sights of women dressed in black abayas are common amongst their modern counterparts sporting the latest European fashion trends. Echoes of prayers from nearby mosques chime in to the latest Western pop culture-influenced music from bars and trendy cafes in town. Our intepretation of Turkey seems to take on different sides as we traverse from one street to the next, and from one neighbourhood to the others.
This charming crossroad of the East and the West, our journey has just begun.
In between admiring the handsome copper piping pendant structure looming above you and admiring the beautiful brunch presentation, I'm finally unsure of which one to give more attention to. Rocket Coffee Bar is this bright, airy, and modern space that makes every Instagrammer's dream come true.
My twelfth trip to the city of angels, and I'm not sure why I'm still counting anymore. The agenda has seen some much-needed refresh, with the last few being the need to check out the latest list of hipster cafes in town.
People 114 is a relaunch of the Heartpatrick portraits series into the realms of artistic nudes, fueled by the inspiration gained from the string of liberalised tumblr users. It helps too that I've got Joseph as the model to reboot this style, a super accommodative and sporting model that every photographer would have no trouble working with.
It's fun to be exploring new themes again. Dunno what took me so long to play with mirrors, but this is definitely just the beginning.
Been awhile since my last full-fledged traditional Indian wedding, complete with all the elaborate traditional custom and practises in the Sri Sakthi Easwari Indian temple in Petaling Jaya, so am truly excited to be covering this beautiful day for my client
The eastern block of Europe has until now remained as this forgotten, faraway place that I have continuously put at the end of my long list of to-explore priorities, with Asian cities dominating most of it, but a recent work assignment brought me right to the heart of it.
And so the sights of glitzy modern Europe give way to a scene that exudes this special kind of modest old-school charm that borders on neglect and dilapidation. Somehow the careless graffiti, cracked pavements and rattling trams form the perfect compliment to the rich history of the city. It's the kinda beauty that you tend to appreciate more after having spent time rubbing through the smut.
The Happy Mansion Apartment blocks in Seksyen 17 has been in my to-shoot list for awhile. Today I checked that off in the company of a sweet couple in this themed shoot done in commemoration of a recent heart-breaking event.
Pilates on a sweet, sun-kissed morning in the quiet enclave of the Embassy Row in Jalan Ampang. This recently opened studio seems right on track.
Tying together a few loose ends of places that I've always wanted to explore.
Cut short my Bangkok trip to fly in to Singapore to cover this luncheon wedding reception for a small group of well-wishers who came together at Flutes at the National Museum, for the wedding reception of Richard and Vivien. But It was all worth it to be in the embrace of happy people whose memories of the blessed day will be forever sealed thank to this coverage.
Nine sounds like the number of pax in a group portrait project that is bordering on havoc but this gang works like a charm with the kind of chemistry only life-lo ng besties could identify with. I could do this again any day! :">
Heartpatrick proudly launches Heartifacts, a product line-up of handmade, heartfelt industrial vintage furniture pieces that are destined to be the centerpiece of any matching interiors.
This marvellously muhibbah market is the perfect place for beginners to practise their street photography skills.
My first portrait project of the year brought us to this charming set of apartment blocks in Seksyen 17 PJ, called Happy Apartments, where the oldschool vibe of urban heritage still linger in the air.
It was the promise of mystical palaces and majestic forts and colorful cities that lured us here, and the beautiful state of Rajasthan certainly did not disappoint. With Jaipur, the Pink city as our starting point, we ventured deeper into Jaisalmer, the Golden City, and then Jodhpur, the Blue city, and finally Udaipur, the Lake city, each one of them unique in their own ways.
PORTRAITS • DEC 2015
Two years since their first child, the Giles family introduces Elizabeth, the newest bundle of joy to join this cheeky, fun family.
PORTRAITS • NOV 2015
It's a real honour to have the charming Deanna Yusoff herself join the line-up of the Heartpatrick People series in this small collection of shots done against the backdrop of HeartAbode, fresh from yet another round of refurbishment.
As a spin-off to the main album, this subsidiary album focuses on the old ways of living in Beijing, and on the string of attractions that have continued to capture the fancy of cultural fans from around the world.
PORTRAITS • OCT 2015
Fresh from the Lake Gardens this morning, and just a few weeks away from the second bundle of joy, Erika the bubbly mummy is back for a fresh set of pregnancy portrait.
Finally, the sinking of my eager teeth in the Big Apple has arrived. This giant metropolis of which magical images has been ingrained firmly in my memory via its portrayal in all forms of media imagined, to be able to actually experience it with my own pair of eyes is strangely surreal.
PORTRAITS • JUL 2015
It's a fun afternoon over at Futagoza Studio for a shoot with my beloved Fitness First Menara Manulife Bodyjam gang. After having jammed together for what feels like the last decade, it's refreshing to see each other in anything but gym wear and posing not for the mirror in the studio, but for the camera.
SPACES • AUG 2015
Kicking off an engagement for the string of The Morning After chain of cafes is the coverage of this relatively new outlet at Oasis Square. Am definitely looking forward to spending some good quality time at the other TMA locations. :">
So three years have passed since my last prewedding assignment in Melaka and this pretty happy couple is all it takes to reignite another round of passionate recollection of my beloved heritage town as we brave our way through the throngs of weekend crowd from the Stadthuys to Riverwalk to Jonker.
PORTRAITS • JUL 2015
Wallace operates a pet shop and hotel and dropped by one afternoon to pick Gizelle the cute little toy poodle up. And so the art direction for this follow-up shoot was set. I have always wanted to marry the pet theme with my male portraits series, but while my original intention was more for a studio-like approach, this album is definitely one of those accidental theme that turns out to be pretty share-worthy as well.
TRAVEL • MAY 2015
As the camera and image quality of photos shot on smartphones improve over the years, I'm finding more and more occasions during my trips where I have reached out for my phone for those photogenic moments rather than my SLR. And what a waste it would be to just have the shots be kept in the camera roll of my phone instead of in my portfolio. So here goes. :">
Dawei is a freelance fitness instructor and an aspiring song-writer, but this weekend morning in April, he really is this quiet, contemplative self waking up to the silent warmth of the sun.
Three years since our first collab, Seamus is back, spotting a cool new refreshed look and a set of fresh tattoos for our second album together, this time set against the backdrop of an excellent array of artwork and vintage goods at ARTfordable Gallery, Damansara Uptown, Kuala Lumpur.
Monologue is a celebration of the clean space minimalist movement that somehow has escaped me until now. Got a studio rented for this high-key studio shoot, quite a rare effort in my line-up of the People series, but I'm truly happy that for once I'm making baby steps forward to recreate some new mood and composition styles as a departure from the earlier work that is frankly beginning to smell a little stale. .
As the dust settles on the renovation work, here's a collection of photos showcasing the transformation of the HeartAbode space from the standard modern look into the vintage industrial space that is now used as the backdrop for many of the recent portrait shoots done here.
Once in awhile, a family portrait assignment comes along to break the monotony and to remind me that girls and their thing for flowers are built right into their DNA.
The collaboration with the team behind Butter and Beans continues with their latest venture - Feeka along the charming Jalan Mesui.
The exploration of the matcha country continues with Kansai region.
Sweet and emotionally-charged, this set of memories are peppered with laughters and sobs of joy that will be cherished for many decades to come. Conducted entirely within the charming compound of the beautiful Macalister Mansion in Penang.
In remembrance of the loved ones who left us behind, and of the last leg of their journey that we accompanied them for.