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A Riot of Color

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on September 15, 2010

In my past entries, I was blathering on and on about B&W photography. It was really only a matter time before I cracked and came rushing back into the kaleidoscopic arms of the bright, the vibrant, the luminous. Obviously, it was a very colorful reunion. And the venue? The 2010 Colourscape Music Festival – a very strange albeit extraordinary event.

Sitting atop the greens of Clapham Common was an inflatable structure made up of a hundred or so chambers. As soon as you let yourself be swallowed up by the chambers, you instantly get transported into an otherworldly universe filled with color, color, and more colors. To make the whole experience even more bizarre/fascinating, the whole structure reverberated of the wails and echoes of a multitude of groaning instruments. The sound of music it was not, more a cacophony of wailing whales.

Yes, it was the trippiest time of my life. No, I wasn’t “energized” by any kind of mind-altering substance.

The view that greets you as soon as you enter this colorful chamber of secrets.

Just another day chillin’ in the labyrinth.

So this is how it feels like to be eaten up by a rainbow.

The pot of gold doesn’t exist but a hundred of photo shoot opportunities do!

I think I might have met Roy G. Biv in one of those chambers. He was a very colorful character, to say the least.

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Hello, Black & White. My name is Kaity. It’s wonderful to meet you.

Posted in Black & White Photography, Central St. Martins, London by Kaity Chua on September 11, 2010

So I was first introduced to the wonders of B&W photography during my first short course in Central St. Martins. Though it was a tricky and awkward first encounter, I think we got a long swimmingly after a while.

The following photographs are from the second B&W roll I took and developed myself. I guess you can say it was the second time I fell in love with the whole darkroom process.

When I get back to Manila, I am definitely going to convert my bathroom into a darkroom. It’s much easier to process B&W film that way. The only place that processes B&W film back home takes an incredible amount of time to do so. What a disappointment.

Now the most challenging part would be gathering all the chemicals to develop the film but I’m pretty sure that it will be worth all the trouble.

Monochrome Madness

Posted in Black & White Photography, Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on September 8, 2010

And so the B&W phase continues.

On one random night out, I took my camera out for a spin. It got home dizzy, wobbly, and out of sorts but I’m pretty sure it had one hell of a time.

A Neon Indian Summer

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on September 6, 2010

Last Thursday, I was able to watch Neon Indian live.

First time I heard their songs I thought to myself, “It’d be quite interesting to see them play in the flesh.” Fast-forward some months later, there I was in a club, nursing a Mojito, and grooving along with the crowd to the band’s dreamy, trippy synth-heavy sounds.

The vocalist (Alan Palomo) played this weird/intriguing instrument. Whenever he’d shake his hands furiously in front of those metal things, it’d create staccato synth sounds.

Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night at all.

Feeling Blue

Posted in Central St. Martins, London by Kaity Chua on August 22, 2010

Studio Photography has always been one of my worst fears in the world. I always, ALWAYS feel so small and insecure when stuck in a room filled with softboxes, blondes and red heads, umbrellas, monoblocks, and I-don’t-know whats. It’s a classic case of man vs. machine where man becomes a bumbling idiot in the face of sophisticated machinery. Well, this (wo)man at least. I don’t exactly mingle in the same circles as Gadget Gracie or Techie Tina. But last week, I felt I was privy to the Divine Secrets of the Electronics Sisterhood (Ugh. Weak. But I just had to).

It’s really amazing what a few lights, a white background, and some gels can do.

Due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to shoot my original concept for a double-page fashion spread but the end product turned out quite nice, me thinks. It may not suit everyone’s taste, but I like it!

Uh oh. Now I want my own studio so I can conquer this machine.

Birthday Bubbles

Posted in London by Kaity Chua on August 18, 2010

Last week, I had the pleasure of going to my friend, Anne’s niece’s 4th birthday party. Oh what I would give to be young, carefree, and release squeals of excitement at the sight of bubbles.

But what am I saying? I already do squeal in excitement at the sight of bubbles! The bubbles of the golden sort that’s chilled and served in a long-stemmed flute. *SQUEAL*

Mica, the birthday girl!


Randomania II

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on August 16, 2010

Back home, lugging around Nico the Nikon used to be such a heavy burden to me. But here, I can’t leave home without her! She’s become my sidekick, the Cheech to my Chong, the Bonnie to my Clyde, the fish to my chips.

Now our countless adventures together in this big city bring you Randomania Part Two!

Ms. DJ Samson attempting to seduce you with her beautiful eyes. Is it working? No? Thought so.

It’s Andrea Gonzalez! AC Gals unite in London!

Ann and a very “friendly” guy.

A surreal/scary experience of being alone on the tube.

Every Thursday to Sunday, disciples of all things fresh and delicious take a journey to London’s food mecca, Borough Market.

Seezzling hawt raclette. Omnomnomnom!


Nothing like a good nightcap to end the day. Goodnight, folks!

This Mess I’m In

Posted in London by Kaity Chua on August 12, 2010

Back home in Manila, my sister and I shared a room for 24 years. My end of the room eternally looked like a pigsty while hers remained immaculate and brand spanking new.

Now that I live alone in London, my whole family and I thought that the so-called “organized chaos” or “method to the madness” way of living would cease to exist. Ever heard of the saying, “a tiger never changes its stripes”? Well, I am living proof that that saying is 100% fact.

Then again, I don’t really mind. After all, I am crazy for stripes!

A hurricane invaded my room. No. of casualties: 12

Now isn’t this a great inspiration for Study Room Decorating? Martha Stewart would’ve been proud!

Aw, poor chair. Its space is being invaded.

As you can see, a lot of living goes on in the Living Room.

Yes, that is a nail cutter on the living room table. I give you one guess as to where I do my “grooming”.

The Study Room on one of its better days.

The Balcony. I used to clean that table everyday but it just kept getting rained on! One day, my arms had to put up the white flag. They really couldn’t help it!

Not connected to the theme but meet one of my favorite photographers, Sally Mann and a kick ass publication, Tank Magazine.

Now I don’t wanna leave you with an image of how slobby I am in your head. I do have a sense of organization in me! This is perhaps, the most systematized area of my apartment aka The Gold Mine. If a burglar came in here, I hope to God he never discovers this treasure trove.

A wild night

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on August 10, 2010

So this night taught me the truthfulness of that age old axiom, “never talk to strangers”. I love gay men. So if a gay man approaches me, all walls collapse and I turn into a wild flower. But some straight men have gotten privy to this level of comfort women instantly get with men who have crossed the feminine side. Now, I’m pretty sure you can figure out what happened to me in the arms of a supposedly gay man! Ah well, chalk it up to experience I say!

Sunday’s best

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on August 9, 2010

On Sundays, everything closes at 6 pm but not in the Spitalfields/Shoreditch/Hoxton areas of East London. Filled with curious characters, colorful markets, quirky knick-knacks, hole-in-the-wall art galleries, pubs, restaurants, and streets wrapped in graffiti art, it’s no wonder why this place has quickly burrowed a nice and comfortable spot in my heart. It has easily become my most favorite part of the city.

Outside the weekly Sunday Up Market

Can you do a head count?

Organic Cherry Beer. By far the yummiest beer that has ever existed on Earth.

Cherry Tee

It isn’t obvious in this photo but you are looking at a London red bus that’s been converted into a restaurant.  On the first floor is the kitchen. The second floor houses the dining area. We would’ve stayed there but it was a hot day.

Outside Vibe Bar. I blame the good vibrations for the blurriness of this photo.

Not a shortage of the good vibes inside Vibe Bar.

And with a hug and kiss, I bid you goodnight.