Behind the Camera

Playing with Light

Playing with Light

For my show, "Asian American Life" I got to meet and interview the coolest artist, Hyong Nam Ahn.  He takes metal, light and other material to create sculptures that force us to ask questions about humanity and human dignity.  His latest exhibit "Finding Dignity" opens Feb. 2 at The Korea Society in New York.   If you can't come visit, watch Asian American Life (CUNY-TV) in March for a guided tour of his work.  

Meanwhile, for "A Belle Life", I used this an opportunity to practice my photography.  I'm taking an on-line photography course.  I have always loved taking photos.  My first camera was one my mom gave me.  It was second hand.  My mom was a maid at the Holiday Inn in Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and guests left so many items behind -- clothing, jewelry and one day someone left a camera.  After a certain amount of days, anything left in the lost and found was up for grabs.  It was a twin lens reflex camera and you looked down at the viewfinder which was on top of the camera.  I was 11 years old and I loved it.  But then I moved to video and eventually became a video storyteller. 

I have taken never taken a formal still photography class.  So, I decided to sign up for Coursera's four- course certification program.  Even after years of being in front of the camera and teaching basic videography and photography skills, I have since realized that there is more to my Canon Rebel than Auto.