getting a move on…

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on April 30, 2009















lauren driving.  santa fe, new mexico.


things have been busy this past week and last.  i’ve been working/assisting and working on some personal projects.  i’m hoping to get more steady work as I stay in one place more consistently.  i’m also able to update my blog more often, as you can see in the last couple of days.  i’ve also made up my mind, with paige’s prodding, to put up a website by the end of this next month.  its been a long time coming, but i need to just put one up.  i just dont want to dilute my work with filler pictures.  it needs to be a solid website that has a cohesive body of work.  i want it to have direction.



Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on April 29, 2009

Self-Portrait in front of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial. Washington D.C.


Its time for a change in the look and feel of this blog.

I find the self-portrait above really interesting.  I think the picture could be improved.  It borders too abstract.  But I like the metaphor.  Its a reference to my Vietnamese heritage and how I was raised in the western world.  My physiognomy says I’m Vietnamese, but if you look passed it (ie. looking pass the war memorial), you can see that I’m a westerner (the people wearing western clothing).

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old friends in different places

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on April 28, 2009

aiden trying out eating with a spoon. orange, california.

staying warm after a bath. orange, california.

he likes to put his whole fist into his mouth. orange, california

hanging out with mommy. orange, california.

i don’t know how long i’ve been back home for now. the concept of time is sucked away from thought when i am in suburbia land. luckily, i’ve been able to work on some jobs assisting with embry rucker since i’ve been back. that has helped me to pay the bills for this month.

but i have also had a lot of free time as well. and i have used that time to hang out w/ my nephew aiden. he is a cute little booger and he drools a tremendous amount.

i’ve also been able to catch up on some work that i haven’t done since i’ve been jumping around. my reality seems to catch up w/ me whenever i’m home. ie. bills and what not.

luckily, i’ve come home at the right time. i have been able to meet up with some great old friends from london who i haven’t seen for a year and a half. i caught up w/ my friends Hubert Kang and Claudia Leisinger a couple of weeks ago. They are both amazing people w/ great talent.

Today, I was able to pick my friend Paige Green. She also has a wonderful blog that inspires me to keep shooting. Once I picked her up from good o’ John Wayne airport, we caught up at my local Irish dive bar and drank guinness that was poured the correct way! It was like being back at a pub in London all over again! I have such fond memories of great conversations about life and photography while I was there. the best part of it were the friends/peers that i shared those with.

and now, one of them, paige is back in my life, only for a week, but i’ll take what i can get. i’ll be assisting her for a couple of days. she’s shooting some university students at Chapman college, which happens to be only 10 min. from me. it’ll be great fun!! She is a wonderful photographer and I’m sure I’ll have a lot to learn from her process. I can’t wait to play!


Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on April 19, 2009

lauren waking up. santa fe, new mexico.
© kevin t vu

elliot in his temporary housing while working at the workshops. santa fe, new mexico.
© kevin t vu

i’ve been back in orange county now for about a week and a half. i’ve been doing some assisting here to survive. hopefully, it’ll get more consistent as i stay in one place longer. as of right now, i’m trying to build my community here in southern california. there’s a huge photographic community from LA that i would love to be a part of. i have some people i truly respect and admire here, ie art streiber and frank ockenfels. so i’m trying to see if they can use some free labor in this economy. frank replied and is gonna try to get me on something and art has been a tremendous help by giving me his time to review my portfolio. the problem is w/ guys like these, they have their own crew they have been working w/ for years. so i’m trying to break into a very tight club. i guess that’s just how it is in the photography world.

on another note, i recently was able to meet up w/ some old friends from london, Hubert Kang and Claudia Leisinger. they both came to LA for work so i was luckily back in town to meet up w/ them. it was so great to see them! we caught up and talked about life and photography. my life has been about building a community wherever i am, and i have been fortunate to have these guys in it. they are smart, talented and help me to move forward in my own work. and so, i am trying to build something more local in southern california.

i will be staying put for a little bit so that i can save up some money to do some projects that i have in mind. i am also trying to build up my portrait portfolio since that can be a great and consistent source of income.

i also am trying to buy the new canon 5d. so i will be selling a NIKON D3 for $4,000 if anyone is interested. i also have a 50 mm 1.4 lens that i would give at a good deal as well. i’ve had the camera for a bit more than 6 months. its in pristine condition. i’m moving back to canon because of the new video offering in the 5d. contact me if you guys are interested at all.