arty days

För några veckor sedan var jag på Affordable Art Fair i Stockholm vid Frihamnen. Jag behöver ständigt nya estetiska infallsvinklar, intryck och motiv så därför är konstmässa en perfekt aktivitet om man vill ha en bomb av intryck. I oktober hölls den fjärde upplagan med över 50 nationella och internationella gallerier som ställde ut konst från okända såväl som etablerade konstnärer. 

For a couple a weeks ago I went to Affordable Art Fair in Stockholm, with over 50 local, national, and international galleries offering an array of contemporary artwork. I constantly need new impressions and som estetique inspiration so then it`s perfect to spend a day in an art fair. 


Här är ett tips hämtat från Affordable Art Fair:s hemsida om man vill börja samla på konst: Det är alltid bra att starta på en liten skala. Som med det mesta i livet: ju större det är, desto dyrare är det. Små konstverk är en bra start på de flesta samlingar. Inte bara för att prislapparna är mer blygsamma, men det tillåter dig även att investera i flera verk och därmed utforska dina preferenser med olika typer av artister och stilar. Lockas inte till att stressa fram en samling – satsa på kvalitet istället för kvantitet. Bra tips till den som har en tusenlapp över alltså. Som student är det inte att tänka på men det är gratis att titta och drömma iallafall. 
Here is an idea how to think when you start to collecting art. I found the ideas at the homepage of Affordable art fair:  A good way to start is to start small. As with most commodities in life, the bigger it is, the more expensive it will be. Smaller artworks make for the perfect beginning to any collection. Not only are the price tags more modest, but being able to buy more lets you explore your tastes and experiment with different artists and different artworks. But don’t be tempted to rush a collection. Take time to build an incredible collection, as opposed to simply a large one.
Här ser ni fotografen Igor Gomes från Brasilien. Blir alltid lite extra glad när jag träffar en brasse..minnena kommer tillbaka. Bilden han tagit är från ett hotell i Miami. 
Here you see the photographer Igor Gomes. I always gets very happy when I meet a brazilian...the memories comes back. His photography is taken in Miami. 
Mer om konstmässan: Konceptet är enkelt, men ändå unikt; en inspirerande och vänlig atmosfär där man kan hitta tusentals originalverk; allt från oljemålningar och skulpturer till grafiska blad och fotografier. Oavsett om du letar efter konstverk som är moderna eller traditionella, humoristiska eller kaxiga, av en okänd talang eller en etablerad konstnär så finns det något för alla!
 The concept is simple, yet unique: an inspiring and friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of original; paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography. Whether you are looking for artwork that is traditional or contemporary, humorous or edgy, by a famous name or an undiscovered talent, there really is something for everyone. 
Det var ett kul besök och MASSOR av folk. Rekommenderas om ni gillar fina bilder, skulpturer och foton. En bit att åka men lätt värt besväret. Nästa år får ni en chans till<3
It was a fun vitit with lots of people. I recommend it if you like beautiful images, art pieces and photos. It`s a bit far away from Stockholm central but so worth it. Next year you have the chance to go there<3
Photos: Taken by me and the ones wear I appear is taken by Daniela Varela

interview with my favourite photographer

The first photo clicked by Ali Ghorbani was during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. 26 years later, he is one of the top photographers in Asia, putting his skills to work for luxury weddings, top brands and VIP clients. Meet Ali G:

Can you describe yourself in three words and tell us where you come from? Patient, passionate and persistent, I think these are important elements to have as a photographer. I was born in Iran and my family moved to the UK and France during the Iran-Iraq war, and eventually making it to USA.  And in 2001, I came to Hong Kong.

Where do you feel home more? Hong Kong or USA? My home at the moment is Hong Kong. I have lots of friends here and I’m working on my photography career. My second home is the US because that’s where my family and childhood friends live and I got my education there.

What were your first impressions of HK? When I first came to Hong Kong, it was a challenge adapting to the hot and humid weather. But soon I discovered the energy and the efficiency of this great city, and I fell in love with it.  I always had a side for adventure, so Hong Kong became ‘home’ really fast!

What is your first memory of a camera? It was during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Our family had to travel there for our green card interview, and my uncle gave me a 35 mm film camera. “This is a historic moment, you should take photos” he said.  Ofcourse, the fall of the Wall symbolized the end of the Cold War and a new sense of hope for the world.  I witnessed it and I even broke pieces of the wall with a hammer. It was just overwhelming with emotions, noise, lights, and so on.  That was the start of my photographic style: capturing people and their emotions.

What made you change your career from engineering? I wanted to do something more with my life. I wanted to explore Asia and try my hand at business, so I started a trading company importing chicken feet into China. As time passed, I kept getting drawn back into my old passion: Photography. In the beginning, it was really tough, as I didn’t have a portfolio of work in Hong Kong. It was a huge struggle knocking on doors, working thru long nights and being persistent, but eventually, I got my first paid shoot.

Did you ever picture yourself as a photographer? No, but I think photography is something that chooses you; you don’t choose photography.  And as Joe McNally, one of my favourite photographers of all time, says, “We make pictures. At the end of the day, we create something potentially significant that did not exist at the beginning of the day. We go forward, despite the uncertainty.  Because this is an act of love and passion, which defies reason and prudence.”

Tell me about your work as a photographer: Half of my work is weddings; I’m passionate about people.  Since these images have such strong emotional impact and importance, I feel it’s a great privilege capturing these memories for the families and their future generations.  I also work for major brands such as LVMH group, Chopard and Porsche, especially when it comes to their VIP events.  And finally, I shoot corporate and personal portraits. 

How do you keep your ‘eye’ fresh and stay creative? My personal passion is photographing artists and dancers.  I am always in awe of their skills and talents, they do incredible things. In order to grow as an artist yourself, you have to have personal projects, you know, things that make you get up at 4:00AM for!  

Any special projects you would like to share with us? One project which I’m very proud of has been the annual charity calendar which I dedicate to “Women Helping Women Hong Kong”, a Hong Kong based charity. This project brings together models, dancers, makeup artists, set designers and stylists to create photos of women with an artistic element.  Some women’s calendars take away the power of women and reduce them to sexual objects, but my goal is to empower women. Empowering women to inspire others, which is also one of the goals of the charity.   Here’s the website of the charity:

Is there someone that you would really like to photograph? Madonna, definitely.  She has been a pioneer in many ways and has always spoken her mind without giving a damn about what people think.  Whether you agree or not with the content is not the point, but the fact that she dares to say and do those things inspires me as an artist. I would love to photograph her raw side, meaning something that most people haven’t seen before.

Who are the most famous people you’ve photographed? Kevin Spacey, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves, Shirley Maclaine, Christopher Plummer and Victoria Beckham, to name a few.

What is the challenge of being a photographer in Hong Kong? It’s a very competitive market, and most locals choose to work at lower prices, not realizing they are actually hurting themselves and everyone else in the long run.  It’s also more challenging to penetrate the local wedding market if you don’t speak Chinese.  

What is your future vision? My goal is to expand the destination wedding business by putting together an elite team of photographers and videographers.  I am currently speaking to investors and looking for top videographers, especially for Indian weddings, which are 4-5 day multi-million dollar productions.  To produce high quality and consistent quality is my top priority because my target is luxury weddings. 

What is some advice you would have for younger photographers? Very simple, shoot what you are passionate about and stay with it!

Visit Ali Ghorbanis site here, his Instagram account is @aligphoto and also check his Facebook page here <3