What I see when I run

I’ve fallen in love with these botanical portraits from the shop What I See When I Run. Francis Ooi takes excellent photographs of what he sees during his runs with the intention of putting the photos up on his empty living room wall.

I was a bit curious about how the shop got started so I asked Francis a few questions.

Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
Singapore. I am a Creative Director at DDB Singapore, an ad agency. I take care of brands.

How and when did this photography endeavor started? How long has this been going on?
I have been fascinated with the shapes and structures of plants since I was a student in art school. But I didn’t really give it much thought. I did occasional shots here and there just to fill up my wall. I love plants but somehow I do not have the green fingers to grow them. Even a hardy cactus died on me.:)

I shifted to my new home 4 years ago. It is situated near one of Singapore’s nature reserve. And I love the forest trail there. It is quiet and peaceful, different from the hectic office demands and away from the city buzz. All you hear are the birds, insects and occasional monkeys.

I started noticing how beautiful the fallen leaves were. “The Plague” and “The Last Dance” were my earlier work. My intention was to fill up my empty living room wall. But i ended up filling the wall in my blog instead.

I am still trying to sort out my living room wall. Got a bit distracted and side-tracked. :)

When did you decide that it’s time to open a shop?
Neil Johnson, my boss and a good friend, saw my print on my office wall and asked for a copy for his home. I gave him a copy and didn’t think much of it. Years later while we were having our regular coffee session, he suggested that I sell them. Again i didn’t think much of it. One day he bought me a book by Hugh MacLeod, “Evil Plans”. And that kinda kick-start everything.

What camera do you use?
I started with the Lumix GF1 but now I am using the Olympus OMD. To be honest, that is not important. The equipment is just a tool. What’s more important is to have your own style.

What three words would you say best describe your work?
Keep it Simple. :)

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Fred One Litch

I love patterns, especially geometric ones. I found this collage by Fred One Litch via Pinterest. Check out more of his collages on Flickr, and my boards on Pinterest. ♥

Bits and Pieces 07.10.12

I love orchids.

I know it has been a while but I caught the flu recently, and it wasn’t all that nice. Spent most of my free time after work reading blogs, and at the same time listening to Kina Grannis. I ended up googling for similar artists late at nights and I just couldn’t stop. So I have never heard before artists in my playlist which I surprisingly like just because they all sound soooo much alike. Haha. I think I should sign up for 8tracks, no? Just to let you know what I mean.

Anyway, here are some awesome links for you. ♥

Enjoy your day! ♥

What happened last Sunday

Kidney Center St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo

We attended the Philippine Society of Nephrology’s 2nd Post-Graduate Course last Sunday. It was a whole day event tackling lots of topics including renal nutrition, complications in peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, etc. My friends from work arrived early.They had chosen seats in the back, near the buffet area much to my delight. There were lots of distractions when you’re seated at the back. My row wasn’t listening to the lectures and we’re a bit noisy. Luckily, no one complained. Haha.

In an unrelated topic, I’m still accepting ad swaps for the month of July. For those interested, you can send me an email. I want to ask, though. Is PassionFruit Ads good? I’m thinking of shifting to it soon once their stat views are available. =)

Cities & Typography

I fell in love with these typography works by Gokhun Guneyhan. He made them as cover designs for his photography sets.♥