Category Archives: Contemporary Photography

Photo Documentation by Stephen Black of FAI Drone Racing Championships, Shenzhen 2018 (part 1)

International drone racing championship in Shenzhen: the birth of a sport!



If you know the names of the people in the photos, please let me know, especially if you have contact info.

Feel free to use the images for noncommercial uses. If the photos are to be used for commercial purposes, please contact me, and I will contact those in the photos.  
The four days in Shenzhen were fantastic. I met Lunchbox and The Lunchbox Lady! I also was inspired to write a story called Life Pilot for  Alphabet Spikes.

Onwaird!

STORE grand opening HK PolyU

STORE grand opening HK PolyU

More photos here. Event information here. Will this event be mentioned in Alphabet Spikes?

Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong 2018: Photos by Stephen Black

To learn more about character goods for the Bubiko Foodtour AR project, we visited Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong.

If you have a question, please ask in the comments section. I went because of Bubiko, because of Alphabet Spikes and because I wanted to see what was happening with AR and VR.

AR, VR and Every R in Between (July 7, 2018)

HAPPENING NOW: STEPHEN BLACK'S EBOOKS: FREE AND DISCOUNTED

Taking place during the Maker Faire Hong Kong, was AR, VR and Every R in Between, organized by Dr. Ludovic Krundel, of the Digital Entertainment Lab, School of Design at HK PolyU. Here is a link to bios of some of the people who made the day so interesting. Plus, there was Kandao and SnapPop.
Photos by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour.

360VR video of the event is here!



360VR video of this is here.

Day 2 is here.

Penang Christmas 24 hour Food Documentation

Artist/writer/AR startup founder Stephen Black's photo notes for a story to be featured in Eating Where Orwell Ate.
The documentation began about 10PM on December 24, 2017 and lasted for about 24 hours.

Eating Where Orwell Ate is a companion piece to his bestselling book i ate tiong bahru.

Activities in Ipoh

Unexpectedly, but happily, I have became involved in a number of projects and activities in Ipoh.

1. IPOH: 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour. On Amazon.

2. The world's first AR Photo Exhibition

3. TT5

tin dredge

brainstorming on the idea of Ipoh identity

4. IPOH BOOK/STORIES

5. EXHIBITION ON WALLS OF HOTEL ABBY WINDOWS

6. YASMIN AHMAD MUSEUM

7. MUSEUM ASSOCIATION

Augmented Reality in Asia

article about Stephen Black in Ipoh

8. KOO KEE

9. FACEBOOK LIVE HOTEL PROJECT

10.BRANDING CAMPAIGN

Stephen Black: Augmented Reality Producer

Stephen Black has been the producer of numerous digital visual projects. These include the world's first exhibition of photographs in Augmented Reality, a self-produced project about Ipoh, Malaysia. His experiences as a producer range from high-profile commercial work to "no budget" underground art collaborations.

Black has worked for, or with: Annie Liebovitz, Kumiko Akiyoshi, CNN, Fuji TV, Fox, France 2, and WalkerAsia, a joint venture between Singapore, Kadokawa, Mitsubishi and Dentsu. Also, projects with butoh legend Kazuo Ohno and his son, Yoshito. Black wrote the text for a fictitious biography that formed the basis of Michael Lee's Office Orchitect artwork for the 2011 Singapore Biennale. He was a producer for CNN's Worldbeat music show and a co-producer for 3how's Riverwalk Session CD.

Upcoming AR projects for which Black is the producer are: Bubiko Foodtour, the Doughbots, and Secret Donut World.

These characters, plus original software are the basis of his startup, which aims to be the Pixar of AR. Additionally a collaboration with The Dundercats is being planned for Christmas, 2017.

Black was the co-producer of Beach Road, a 360 movie that was featured at the 2015 Brisbane Film Festival and nominated for Best Experimental Film at the 2016 Las Vegas VR Festival.

SPOKEN , for which Black was a co producer, with Eugene Soh, is a virtual gallery; and art and writing project with an extremely diverse group of writers and artists.

AR is a new medium; a new stage, a magic platform to make everything new again. Movies, writing, dance, theatre, games, photography... let's go! onwARd!"

Indie Event Producer

In the fall of 2017  Black was the producer of an experiment which combined durational art, corporate branding, social media (especially Facebook Live), visual art and writing. The  event took place on the roof of the Abby Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia and lasted for 72 hours. This led to a similar event, of  60 hours, which took place at the Symphony Suites Hotel, also in Ipoh.

Another recent project for which Black was the producer was the Sudden VR Festival, held at the Isetan on Singapore's Orchard Road in 2016. The festival was held in order to promote VR in Singapore, and featured contributions from local VR producers.

Black is the producer of Book Merah, which he established as a way of branding his publishing and writing activities.

Producer of Yoast-influenced text

So that this post would be SEO friendly, I followed the suggestions of Yoast. This is why the word "producer" appears so frequently, and the writing is not in my usual style.  For example, Yoast discourages sentences that are  more than twenty words long. Yoast encourages the uses of "transitional words", like 'in order to', 'as a way of',' so that' etc.

Interesting... looking forward to seeing where this ends up in the SEO rankings. Which reminds me: I have to thank Neil Patel for suggesting Yoast. Both Yoast and Neil's advice are free.

Bubiko!

Bubiko is growing daily, moving from 2D to 3D to AR, always looking for interesting food. Bubiko's adventures so far:

2D Bubiko in AR test.

World's first AR Photographic Exhibition, about Ipoh, Malaysia.

Bubiko's eBook, on Amazon: IPOH: 88 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour

Bubiko Foodtour prototype

October 15, 2017. Bubiko with Stephen Black and the King and Queen of Ipoh Eggtarts


colored pinwheel and paper doll

Paper tests like these are very helpful for creating the final Bubiko Foodtour AR experience

Bubiko's Instagram

Facebook

twitter: @bubikofoodtour

Press Release Ideas for IPOH AR Photo Exhibition ( world’s first)

This is a proposed idea; THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED. All comments and suggestions welcome.

PRESS RELEASE

IPOH-THEMED AR PHOTO EXHIBITION IS WORLD's FIRST

Journalists, bloggers and members of the press, tourism, food, art and technology communities are invited to come and experience AR in person.

Sponsored by: AVCTISGAWD (A Visionary Company That is Great At What They Do! PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IMMEDIATELY IF YOUR COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE THEIR NAME HERE, AND ON THE IPOH APP ITSELF. 50,000 people are expected to see the IPOH AR exhibition in the first year alone.)

Augmented Reality(AR), the new information and entertainment technology appearing on millions of phones worldwide, is now also a medium for viewing photography. Photographs taken by Bubiko Foodtour of the food, spirit and heritage of Ipoh, Malaysia are now available to anyone with AR software in their phones or tablets.

Produced by Stephen Black, the 38 images are an ambient slideshow; each image displayed for one minute.

Bubiko Foodtour, AR's first superstar, is a fictional character produced by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama.Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand who loves researching food. Her favorite phrases is "aroi mak mak", Thai language for "very delicious." For the past year Bubiko has been travelling across Southeast Asia, introducing herself to all kinds of food professionals, at the same learning about local foods and explaining AR. Bubiko's Instagram account is aroi mak mak! The images used in the AR exhibition are from Bubiko's ebook, which is available on Amazon.(Note: Bubiko is soon to be an AR 3D character.)

About AR (Augmented Reality)

By 2019, hundreds of millions of phones and tablets will be able to display AR. Most newer iPhones are capable of displaying AR now, and AR-capable Android apps are being released constantly.

Although the most famous use of AR is Pokemon, other industries besides gaming are starting to use AR. Food, tourism, medical, educational and industrial applications are being developed.

Those attending the Ipoh AR Photo Exhibition Press Conference will have a chance to experience the excitement of AR for themselves.

LOCATION: (To be determined.) However, I hope to use a limestone cave, any one of the several in the area.A cave makes for dynamic publicity photos and is an interesting contrast to the hi-tech concept of AR. Finally, the soft lighting of a cave entrance is ideal for photographing and viewing AR.

SUPPORT

: Hotel Abby, Symphony Suites Hotel, emily2u, The Dundercats,The Jewellery Design & Management International School

About Stephen Black: A "futurist Renaissance man", Stephen Black has successfully worked in conceptual art, gamemaking technology (Unity, C++), television production (CNN, Fuji TV, Cartoon Network), photography and traditional/360 filmmaking. His works have been exhibited worldwide and one of his eight books, i ate tiong bahru, is a national bestseller in Singapore.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: bubikofoodtour *AT * gmail.com

Augmented Reality in Asia

article about Stephen Black in Ipoh

DIY: A Man on the Roof, in the Night

4AM: Another hour passes. My nerve cells misfire more and more; my memory and muscle control are breaking down. Concepts like ‘yesterday, ‘five months from now’ and ‘this moment’ are vague. I scrawl important reminders to myself in handwriting that looks like it was written by a shy child on a bumpy bus. I have decision fatigue. I’m lurching along a very narrow path, with fuzzy dreams of hope on one side and and a sharp dark cliff on the other. The window reflects me on the roof of the Abby Hotel, standing in front of a computer screen, overlooking the town of Ipoh, Malaysia.

I am in the darkest part of the first night of a 72 hour Facebook Live broadcast. I experiment, learn, share - and constantly question my sanity. I am hoping to give away my ebooks, and explain my plans and ideas regarding AR, Augmented Reality. Now, with no one watching, with my stomach growling and my eyelids heavy, the project seems to be a mistake. I am a fool. Why should I go on? What is the point of this?

Defiantly, I Yawn.

....this the beginning of an essay which will soon appear in ElevenAsia......

Another marathon live broadcast will take place from October 15-19, at the Symphony Suites Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia.