Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — August 19,2015 — 12 Year old Ngoc Sang, a student at the Christina Noble Children’s foundation, winds up for a return volley to his coach. (Ehrin Macksey / The National)
Just found out that myself, the writer and The National Newspaper won a Sports Media Pearl Award(http://is.gd/Yg9KyI) for a story we did about NGO Christina Noble Foundation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam http://is.gd/1GYowc Not only did we win an award but we also won a $50,000 donation for the Christina Noble Foundation.
In between a couple of Vietnam assignments, I was commissioned for a Singapore industrial photography and arial drone video shoot for NOV Oil & Gas. The objective of the shoot was to highlight was to incorporate employee and lifestyle photography with a new highly technical project they built for Arctic oil acquisition.
Besides shooting the photography which you can see posted here, NOV also asked my team to shoot some arial drone footage and photos as well. In the beginning of 2015 we started to provide arial drone service for both photo and video in Singapore, Cambodia, Laos and of course Vietnam. This was our first industrial arial drone shoot in Singapore but we have already had inquires for new projects.
The shoot was to take place starting from Singapore’s Jurong East Industrial Park. The initial plan was to shoot these advanced oil acquisition rigs on a barge in the water. Unfortunately things did go as planned for setting up the shoot on a barge and my and I team had to adapt. After almost a decade of shooting photography all over the world you can say we are experts to adapting to these situations so we never missed a beat.
That being said the shoot did become more visually challenging to pull off now because the background was no longer a beautiful harbor, Singapore skyline and the sea but an industrial fabrication shop which was a messy and busy. The challenge was to separate my subject of focus from the background and still highlight NOV staff and their beautifully made equipment. NOV really went out of their way to help with the shoot and their employees were a delight to work with and really did a great job to clean up the yard the best they could.
Here are some BTS photos my assistant took of me shooting on the rig and my team and I on the shoot.
Overall I think we did a great job and my client was extremely happy stating – “These are phenomenal!”
I love happy clients.
I’m looking forward to getting back to Singapore later this year for a couple of more industrial photo shoots.
Maids from surrounding countries like Malaysia come to Singapore for better opportunities.
Last month I was sent on a Corporate and Industrial photography assignment in Singapore for Oil & Gas company NOV. During the prep days I was traveling to different sites to meet the partners that I would be working with and scouting locations and where the sun will be during which time of the day. All standard stuff in preparation for a shoot so it is as stress free as possible for my client and that we make the best images we can in the time we have.
I previously had not had the chance to walk around in Singapore and shoot the streets so while I was traveling to and from meetings I decided to shoot some of the interesting street life there.
Considering my roots are documentary photography and photography storytelling, I found the city quite interesting. Here are some images from my quick time walking around.
Bike racks next to the metro station. The mass transit system is of course very well planned.
Pretty much everyone is on their phone all the time, but that is everywhere in the world.
Waiting area for the Subway
Smoking areas in Singapore in the famous Orchard Road Shopping district.
Philippine tourists and also local domestic house worker and her family enjoy feeding birds in a park.
Jaywalking is a serious in Singapore and crosswalks are packed with people.
Firstly I am very excited and honored that my work in Vietnam was featured in National German Newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung (http://www.sueddeutsche.de/…/fotograf-ehrin-macksey-in-viet…). If you read German here is a little bit of what they had to say:
In einer neuen Serie stellen wir reisende Fotografen vor, die uns auffallen. Sie zeigen uns ihre liebsten Ziele und erzählen, wie sie die Stimmung dort einfangen.
Vietnam ist seit Jahren eines der populärsten Reiseziele in Südostasien. An Postermotiven mangelt es nicht – man denke nur an die legendäre Halong-Bucht. Der Fotograf Ehrin Macksey hat einen anderen Lieblingsort: “Die nördlichen Gebirge an der Grenze zu China und Laos sind besonders toll.”
April was a very busy month for photography and video productions.
I shot a food and hotel photography assignment for Hong Kong Express Airlines inflight Magazine. Some out takes from that shoot can be seen above.
I also filmed and directed 2 corporate documentary videos for international travel company OAT in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I was sent to Hai Phong to film, direct and produce the Vietnam portion of a corporate video for American Company, Office Depot.
I provided corporate event photography and event videography for Murex & EAsia Travel’s MICE events in Da Nang, Vietnam .
At the end of the month I worked as a cameraman and editor for a video shoot in Hanoi for American Broadcast Channel, PBS and their documentary show, Frontline.
I also shot and edited the 40th reunification anniversary for PBS’s primetime national news show, Newshour