Richard Man’s Calligraphy and Photography

December 18, 2008

Solstice Morn 2007

Filed under: Chinese calligraphy, photography — Tags: , , , , , , — richard @ 11:45 am

Solstice is the day of the “Sun Return,” after the day of the longest night. On the Northern Hemisphere, the setting Sun will set in the same spot for about 3 days, before making a northerly journey again, until the Summer Solstice. We have a tradition of holding a Solstice Vigil (i.e. an excuse for party) and some of us stay up all night, ensuring the Yule log burns all night and sing up the Sun the next morn, at Solstice.

This is one of the photos from 2007, “Solstice Morn 2007.”

// EDIT: added Chinese calligraphy. It reads:

The Winter Solstice arrives in California

In the morning, we looked to the East to wait for the Sunrise

(heh, the Chinese is so much more concise)


December 11, 2008

Through Alien Eyes

Filed under: photography — Tags: , , , , , , — richard @ 10:51 am

What if you can see through the eyes of an alien? Well, you sort of can, by taking infrared (IR) photos. Stanford’s New Guinea Sculpture Garden is my favorite place to test out new photo equipments as it offers unique scenery. And so here it is, “Through Alien Eyes:”

Winged Goddess

(Yes, this print is for sale, printed on fine arts rice paper)

A couple more behind the “more…” tag.


December 4, 2008

A Synthesis of Two Themes

Filed under: Chinese calligraphy, photography — Tags: , , — richard @ 11:52 am

The reason that this blog is called “..Calligraphy and Photography” is in fact one of my artisitc goals is to merge these two medium together. Afterall, if the Chinese can have painting with calligraphy, why not (perhaps manipulated) photos with calligraphy.

Here it is then:


The couplet reads (top to bottom, right to left):

The white egret flies to the blue sky

The Autumn wind watches the water flow

The cropping is different from the photograph shown earlier, I feel that the vertical crop is more suitable for calligraphy.

You can order prints:

8×10 Fine Arts Rice Paper $40.00

The Fine Arts Rice Paper I am using is gorgeous. The darkest dark and the whitest white, yet with a sensual traditional “washi”  feel.

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