KEVIN T VU

passing time

Posted in personal, projects, work by Kevin Vu on September 5, 2008


self-portrait, no photoshop. santa fe, new mexico.
© kevin t vu


donnor, good friend, great shooter. el dorado, new mexico.
© kevin t vu


ella, the cutest little girl that i have ever known. fort collins, colorado.
© kevin t vu


mignon ohmura, one of my favorite people in the world! el dorado, new mexico.
© kevin t vu

so its been an absolute while since i have written on the blog. i’ve wanted to for so long, but its just been quite hectic. closing week for the workshops was unbelievably busy. we had to ship hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment back to vendors and/or participants who purchased gear. and we had to repackage everything. so it was quite a tedious and daunting task for me and the gang. but it was accomplished and i’m a more relaxed man for it.

right when the workshop ended, my friend lauren and i headed straight up to fort collins, about an hour north of denver and about an 8 hour drive from santa fe, to meet with my amazing irish friend anne, with whom i went to school with in london. her family had taken a vacation and i wanted to catch them before they left the states. so we had about an hour and a half to catch up before their ride picked them up for the airport. it was so good to see her and the family again. i love them dearly, as i consider them family. all in all, lauren and i drove about 16 hours to have an hour and a half lunch. but it was all worth it! lauren and i then decided to hang out in denver before we headed back. denver seemed like a lovely city with a lot of things going on. would have loved to stay a little longer to explore the place, but i needed to get back.

once i got back to santa fe, i had one sunday to pack up all my gear because i needed to be out of my flat. so i packed everything and left my car at my buddy’s mike sakas’ place. his roommate, donnor, and i drove across country to buffalo, new york. we had a great time! we slept in a skeazy motel and i had the best fried chicken of my life in memphis. and the back roads from memphis to tennessee were absolutely amazing! it made me want to move to tennessee. i stayed in buffalo for about two weeks. donnor’s family has a cabin up there so i was able to unwind, which meant we were tubing, floating on the pond, jet skiing, eating, photographing and drinking very heavily. his family was downright awesome! i felt like a son, even though there was a confederate flag flying about. and i was able to pull a photo essay out of his family which i will incorporate into my ‘home’ project. i will post it up w/in the next week or so to get some feedback.

i have written quite a novel today so i will end it here and continue tomorrow. hope that will suffice for u paige green. miss ya!

Portraits of Santa Fe

Posted in personal, projects, work by Kevin Vu on August 3, 2008


Drinks at the Pink Adobe. Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Summer’s evening by the fire. El Dorado, New Mexico.


New Mexican summer’s night. El Dorado, New Mexico.


Brunch on a lovely summer’s Sunday. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Its been an absolutely arduous and demanding season! I’ve made contacts, slept very little and drank my liver to the ground. I’ve learned exponentially about lighting, but what I’ve received mostly is the clear idea of what kind of a photographer I want to be and not be. Photography is a people business and I dont understand the, sometimes, blatant disregard for a person and their dignity, be it they are staff, participants or people w/in the community opening their time and space up for us to shoot. So, pretty much, I realized that I dont want to become a dick.

We have one week left of workshops left, and then cleanup week starts. From there, I will probably head up straight to Colorado to meet with my good friend Anne and her family who are visiting from London. After that, I will be doing another roadtrip w/ my buddy Donner (pictured in the top image). We’ll be headed to Buffalo, New York. I’ve never been, but it should be a great opportunity to get some images of America.

I’m still working w/ the idea of ‘home’ for my current documentary story. I haven’t had a chance to develop it further considering my time constraints. But it is still in my head and I’m developing it slowly.