TITLE: The White Heron
Karyukai: the secretive flower and willow world of Japanese Geishas. Each Geisha is like a flower, beautiful in her own way, and like a willow tree, gracious, flexible and strong. For many locals, even those living in Kyoto, the closest they have come is perhaps glimpsing a Geisha alighting from taxis and quickly disappearing behind a nameless sliding door. The Geiko Tomitsuyuu enjoying the peace and serenity of the quiet temple room. She thinks of her music and her dance. The scene is like a fairy tale, The White Heron...
AUTHOR: Robin Yong (Australia)
Robin Yong is a multi-award winning Travel and Commercial Photographer, trained by acclaimed American photographer Jim Zuckerman, the world famous Venetian Masks Florine Houee and Danielle Massart, and legendary Hollywood photographer Greg Gorman. He enjoys traveling to exotic destinations to befriend and photograph the locals. He is best known for his work on the Omo Valley tribes in Ethiopia, the Venetian Masked models in Venice, the Bokator boxers of Cambodia and the Maikos of Kyoto. He calls these works his Travel Portraits, his Art of Travel Medicine. For most of his works, he does not use flash, reflectors or artificial lighting, depending solely on natural lighting alone. The photos are often dramatic, colourful and extremely beautiful. For Robin, every photo must look like a movie poster...These highly conceptual and thought provoking Travel Portraits especially, are designed to arouse an audience both visually and emotionally.
His orientation towards photography has always been passion before commercial considerations and so his photos have always been a little different from that of many other photographers. His private sessions and assistance in photo workshops are highly sought after, and previous participants included doctors, professors and even US senators. Despite his fame today, he will still do time for photo collaborations with budding models and artistes if the conditions are right.
Over the past few years, Robin has quickly become one of the most popular and influential photographers at the Venice Carnevale and within the past few months, Flowers of Ethiopia alone has gathered numerous awards, finalist status and honourable mentions in many International photography competitions, including Alfred Fried Awards, Antu Sente Cup, Australia's Top Emerging Photographers, International Photography Awards, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), Istanbul Photo Awards, Moscow International Foto Awards, One Eyeland Awards, The Prix de la Photographie Paris, Sienna International Photo Awards, Tokyo International Foto Awards, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) Awards, Xposure Awards etc. In just slightly more than 2 years, Robin's travel photos have gathered more than 800 awards worldwide, earning him Grandmaster status within the Australian Photographic Society...
As of June 2018, Robin is now an Accredited Professional Photographer with the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and within a year, an Associate with the same organisation.
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