August 1, 2006

DP Theme Day: Self-Portrait In My Favourite Place a.k.a. the journey with my vanity and ego continues


For the past month, since the theme was announced, I struggled to find the one singular picture that would best describe the place where I was most satisfied and fulfilled. My favourite watering hole, café, road side food stall, restaurant, all the rooms in my house, with my friends, on a plane even. I have pictures of myself in all these places and more. Each one with it's own reason to why it's my favourite. It took me close to 10 hours to narrow down my choice to 2. Then I went to bed.

Today, I chose this one. This was taken about 2 years ago when I performed, designed, directed and produced my company's inaugural production, in K.L. of course. A first child of sorts and it made me proud that I finally began my life's journey. There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush that comes at the end of any performance. When the audience applauds and it is that moment you see how months of passionate work come to fruition, knowing that you did something right. Really, there aren't any words to truly describe the sensation. My work means the world to me. To top that off, it became the biggest winner in the Theatre category at last year's Arts Awards. My ego was humbled.

On stage (and off) is my most favourite of places.

Phew. Theme day accomplished. Now, wander to these other cities and have a look at more self-portraits.
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63 Comments:

Blogger Kris said...

bravo!!!!

berlagak sungguh ! hahahhah..seriously, good choice for the theme. Doing what u do best. Happy for you :)

where do i read the theme, forum??? *blur*

2:20 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

wow, must be really nice to be an actor! I dont get to pose like that!

someday, I might see you in one of your performances. Its a dream!

3:25 PM  
Blogger ~tanty~ said...

Wow, amazing! I want to see you on the stage some day, is it possible?

3:38 PM  
Blogger Marie McC said...

Edwin, now I understand how you effortlessly take so many amazing photos...you're a wizard!!! This makes me think of Merlin. Beautiful shot!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

superb. i've waited all day for your shot, and it was worth it ;-)

5:27 PM  
Blogger geWi said...

wow this is great! v. creative! my favorite pic amongst everything i've seen today!

6:29 PM  
Blogger Kathrine said...

It's been said before - but on my mind is one word...

WOW!

You are amazing, Edwin

6:52 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Very cool photo. I did not know you were an actor. I like the way you say: "My world means the world to me".

And I also love the way you explain that it took you 10 hours to narrow your choice doan to 2 photos; it reminds me of what I went through yesterday!

7:09 PM  
Blogger Lisi said...

Ed, of course yours is the most "dramatic" of all. Lucky you to be doing what you like, it's not easy and takes a lot of efforts and persistence! thumbs up!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Nancee said...

Bravo Edwin. On both the photo and the story. Well done.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Grant F said...

wonderfully expressive shot and what you've written says a lot about you. i hope to able to see this show at the edinburgh festival in the not too distant future! in the meantime, greetings from an internet cafe in sunny warsaw!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Nuno said...

Edwin in Eden!
This should be the title,i'm glad you love your work, well to do what you do it has to be with passion and you said that with wise words. I love my work too but i have no audience, only when something goes wrong:S

11:42 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Wow, that is so cool looking.

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Blogger Denton said...

This has to be the most unique and heart felt post of the day. Congratulations.

12:55 AM  
Blogger jenni said...

the perfect shot for this theme! I can practically see the adrenaline! Such a passionate shot and blog to go with it.

12:57 AM  
Blogger jenni said...

I wanted to add a phew of my own... It was nice to hear I was not alone in the stuggle to choose a place and a pic for today's theme!

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Blogger rudygiron said...

Edwin, it is hard to say something meaninful. I am at awe!

I am reading a book called "La cámara lúcida" (The Lucid Camera) by Roland Barthes (original title in French) and in this book Barthes states that photography joins art through theater and not painting. I remember thinking that I have always love theater photography when I read that. Today, you made very clear to me; Roland Barthes is right.

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Blogger rudygiron said...

Edwin, I had to add a correction to the comment above. According to Wikipedia, the name of the book is Camera Lucida (in French, La Chambre Claire). Here is the link to it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_Lucida

About Roland Barthes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Barthes

2:52 AM  
Blogger Shelly said...

Edwin,

This is an amazing work of art. It not only encompasses your passions, but this photograph has a life of its own. You are exuding an energy that comes through in the color, the beautiful design, but most importantly the strong position and form of your body. Interesting how it seems to me to be very powerful and commanding, yet exposed. Thank you for sharing! Makes me wonder what the other one was! : )

4:03 AM  
Blogger Matthieu said...

You forgot to mention what the name of your company is, which is a really important clue for people who want to see you on stage.

Could you also tell us a little bit more about this show : the title, your role ...

Hope to read you soon, Matthieu

4:12 AM  
Blogger Juggerpix said...

Wow, powerful. I just left Midnight a message along the lines that all photographers are dramatic, and you prove it!

Looks like you have a great place to work in! Just the piece your standing on would have thrown our community theater set construction staff into convulsions!

5:13 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Good choice Edwin. Very powerful.

5:14 AM  
Blogger santy said...

Wow, Edwin! You're just so very talented. It's great to know exactly what you want to do and pursue in life. I'd love to see one of your play sometime :)

9:14 AM  
Anonymous anne said...

Beautiful shot Edwin! I'm happy to see you happy :)

12:32 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Kris, Midnite, Tanty, Santy: One day I hope. Anyone of you in Singapore 16 -20 August or KL 30- 3rd Sep? I'll be performing then.

Sally, thanks for waiting. ;)

Kathrine WOW back to you!

GeWi, you're Raymond's better half yes?

Eric and Jenni, 10 hours just to choose but it took the whole month just to figure out. What madness have we gotten ourselves into??? ;) ;)

I have been called The Diva and Drama Queen by my peers and by the audience. I love it!

Nuno, we all have an audience. I'm sure your daughter watches you in awe. I would if I had you for a father.

Jugs, the set had me in convulsions!

Shelly, the other one wasn't as dramatic. Just me inside a plane cabin. I think I'll post it someday.

Rudy, thank you. I went to the Wiki links and the next time I'm at the bookstore, I'll grab a copy. There is something of the drama of pictures. In the last few months, I've been trying to find an entry point for the photos I've been taking to put into my work. So far I've only skimmed it's usefulness in theatre. Now to go one step further.

John, Denton, Natalie and Anne, thank you. I'm happy. Mostly. ;)

Matthieu, my company is SUMUNDA. It's only 2 years old. There is a website but it's still under construction. This show that I did is called "Five Letters From An Eastern Empire" a short story by Alasdair Gray. I adapted it into a play. A monologue that ran for close to 2 hours. No intermission. I think if you type it on Google, you might find some articles, both good and bad. Not everyone is a fan.

Grant, someday soon I hope.

Thank You everyone. Thank you.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

very dramatic pose and great blue lighting - nice shot!

5:04 PM  
Blogger MoonSoleil said...

Fantastic!
This looks awesome, very dramatic. Thanks for the backround story as well!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Ame said...

Eddie...love the story...love the picture even more...very dramatic set...like you're just wearing those wings!! And you have some shoulders on you boy! Do you hit the weights?

Thanks again for the thoughtful words...boys are a tad better today...

:-)
XO

4:52 AM  
Blogger Alexander said...

Amazing shot! Good job.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Wow! it is so you, i guess... knowing you from your blogs. Definitely, passionate and talented. ;p

1:31 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Thanks Kala. Not as revealing as your shot though. I'm a lusty man, be warned ;)

MS, danke sehr.

Alex, still love your shot more. really looks like an album cover.

Ame, I used to hit the gym religiously and I must admit, hotter than Kala, but this year life took over as well as 4-inches around the waist.

Selamat Po Jane.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

He he : well done.. but this is not literally a SELF portrait, unless you've got a twin brother so i could understand :)-

Hey, with a twin, how would you deal a DOUBLE HYPERDIMENSIONED EGO ???? Huuu ????

Trève de plaisanteries, you express yourself as an artist. Congratulation for your winning battle against shyness, as theatre is one of the best remedy. Ponctuated by photography, it defenitly cure i think.
Un grand bravo à la Diva, you're wonderful.

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