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Vancouver – The Curse of Willow Song – Film Stills.

A young Asian woman, played by the wonderful Valerie Tian, is released from prison and struggles to survive the harsh reality of life on the outside. With the “help” of her friend Flea, portrayed with a sneer and a smirk by actor Ingrid Nilsen, she must choose between a dangerous life on the streets or being sucked back into her former life of gangs and a devestating drug habit.  The Curse of Willow Song is nominated for 10 awards at the upcoming 2020 Leo Awards. I asked director Karen Lam a couple of questions.

TP: Why did you decide to shoot the film in black & white?

KL: My inspirations included Japanese ghost stories and samurai films from the 1960s, including Oni Baba, Kwaidan and Kuroneko.  The removal of colour forces us to look at framing and lighting in a much more graphic way and worked with the story and mood I had in mind.

TP: Was there one main story or incident that inspired you to write and make this film which touches upon many social current issues?

KL: I’ve been following the attitudes from a lot of my Caucasian friends in Vancouver regarding recent Asian immigration and the effect on real estate market prices:  the sense that immigration is to blame for being priced out of homes and the underlying racial tensions, something I was not expecting to hear from my otherwise liberal friends and colleagues.  I wanted to address some of those issues but in a way that was more palatable:  in a simple supernatural story.

The Curse of Willow Song

The Curse of Willow Song

 The Curse of Willow Song

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Behind the Scenes – Gun safety

The Curse of Willow Song

The Curse of Willow Song

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The Curse of Willow Song

The Curse of Willow Song

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The Curse of Willow Song

 

Vancouver – My Diaries

Being a photographer when still in the world of analogue, I spent hours in the darkroom leaving me with lots of test prints and snapshots from parties and gatherings with friends. Many years ago I visited a gallery in SOHO, New York featuring a photographer who had created these intense, colourful diaries, filled with photos and bits and pieces. I think he had perished so it was very poignant and I was enthralled. Years later my own diaries started to take shape creating a texture of a day, of a month and my life. A  laundry list of the detritus of life displaying memories of lovers & friends and parties an events we shared. The pages are layered with photographs, magazines (appropriating the typography) makeup, nail polish, lipsticks,  eye powder, ink, paints, and  whatever is lying around on the table. 

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Vancouver – Studio Portraits with actor/musician Matina

Having an opportunity to play with my studio lights in a new studio space – I asked my friend Matina if she would let me take some portraits of her. We decided to use fairly dramatic lighting – so the overall effect is quite mysterious and moody.

 

Vancouver – Revealed by Tallulah (some new prints)

PHOTOGRAPHY IS forever

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Siwash Rock, Vancouver

 

Totem Poles, Stanley Park, Vancouver

 

Koret Building, Vancouver

 

Hotel Europe, Vancouver

Vancouver – V6A + Oppenheimer Park

Homelessness in Vancouver, British Columbia is a crisis that has worsened dramatically in the past decade. Hundreds of homeless have been forced to take refuge in Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside — the nation’s poorest postal code — at the juncture of Powell and Cordova streets. Here, people cobble together temporary shelters using tents, tarps and umbrellas. At night, hordes of rats emerge, looking for food. Despite the appalling living conditions, there is a sense of community; people look out for and help one other. This Dickensian spectre is backdropped by the stunning incongruity of glass business towers and multi-million-dollar condominiums rising high into the sky meres blocks away.

Hastings, UK – Shoes with Terry de Havilland.

Projects in the past and current projects merging! A few years ago I was invited to the home of cobbler/ shoe maestro Terry de Havilland and his wife Lizzie – who lived in the seaside community of Hastings! The stories that were shared and the shoes – exquisite – daring and seductive! I had a few hours of photographing and was hoping to come back and visit Terry again for the World People Project. Sadly he passed away this year and so I thought I would share some of the images. The most iconic silhouette, the Margeaux, first made its appearance in the 1973 collection – a striking three-tiered wedge originally imagined in vivid multicolour snakeskin that perfectly captured the disco era.  His first store was called Cobblers to the World and his list of clients ranged from Bianca Jagger in the seventies to designing the Tomb Raider boots worn by Angelina Jolie. 

Vancouver – Some shots from the photoshoot with Precious Chong for WPP.

Actor – Precious Chong

Actor Precious Chong agreed to an interview with the WPP – going through the images I thought I would share a few shots on my diary page. Currently, Precious co-wrote and is starring in Homewrecker a comedy/horror film. I saw it at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver and it is currently on the film festival circuit. 

Vancouver – VIFW (Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week)

Kinnie Starr performing at the VIFW

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week (VIFW) is a fashion show that promotes fashion and community. it connects the past, present and future of Canada. Indigenous designers such as Chief Janice George, Sho Sho Esquiro, Erin Brillion, Rob Geary to name a few showcased their designs at VIFW.  As an organisation VIFW, started by  Joleen Mitton, a former model herself works closely with the Pacific Association of First Nations Women’s Mentor Me program, which empowers Indigenous youth coming out of the foster care system. The runway models and production crew are recruited from the Mentor me program. 

Chief Janice George presented woven shawls and wraps on the last night of the VIFW. She cofounded the L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and pracitice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving.

Street fashion by Rob Geary (SRO)

 

Vancouver – Research for WPP Eric Napoleon Campbell & Nuttin But Luv Club

Portrait of Eric Napoleon Campbell – Chapter President of Nuttin But Luv Club,  Vancouver 

When I come across someone who intrigues me and I want to feature them in the WPP the research and getting to know them can take some time, as they may have a life and culture that I know nothing about. I met Eric a few months ago at Trout Lake, he was with his family and their custom bikes, which are very eye catching and are inspired  by Chicano lowrider culture.  The above photo was taken at a lowrider event at Trev Deeley Motorcycles. I have been following and enjoying his photos on Instagram. Today I met him for a more formal interview and below are a few photos I took while we chatted. His life story is one of overcoming adversity and great personal change. Going forward his aim is to inspire his community (East Van) and to get kids off the streets by presenting a realistic alternative to joining gangs. He is chapter president of the Vancouver (only one in Canada) and sergeant-at-arms of the Nuttin But Luv Club, which was started in Pennsylvania, USA. In total there are 23 chapters, mostly in the USA, but  some are as far away as Germany, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Australia.  From what I understand the Nuttin But Luv Club has a similar structure to a traditional motorcycle club but with zero tolerance for crime  or any destructive  behaviour and a very strong focus on positive attitudes.

Portrait of Eric Napoleon Campbell – Chapter President of Nuttin But Luv Club,  Vancouver

Portrait of Eric Napoleon Campbell – Chapter President of Nuttin But Luv Club,  Vancouver

Vancouver – Behind the Scenes of Kushe’s latest music video.

 
Some behind the scenes photographs of the filming of the music video for Kushe’s @yvonnekushe song Ngambira which means “Tell Me”. The song’s lyrics are sung in three languages Kushe’s mother tongue of Runyankole, Luganda and English. On location were the two amazing dancers and fashion designers:  Jason and Marisa @sleeplessmindz. All these photographs were taken in the vibrant V6A, my hood. 
I am looking forward to seeing the video directed by Qwisss which is due to be released the last week of November 2019.