Modern Jade Jewelry: TRACE

Rose gold jade rings for stacking by TRACE | minimal jewelry photography

The past few months have been a whirlwind! In addition to some secret projects happening in my photography life, in the past year I have also been busy at work on a new project – a jade jewelry brand, TRACE.

This new venture has opened my eyes in the world of jewelry… a world that I was actually brought up in, as my maternal grandfather founded our family jewelry business in the 1950s. It had brought me great pride to be part of this adventure, joined by my cousin and now co-founder.

Rose gold jade rings for stacking by TRACE | minimal jewelry photography

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About Tracy Wong

I am a Hong Kong photographer who specializes in lifestyle photography to capture authentic moments. I shoot for commercial clients as well as weddings and portraits.

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Inspiration • Pier 24 Photography

Yesterday I visited a free exhibit at Pier 24 Photography and found a great deal of inspiration in the one hour I spent in the gallery. Here I’ve highlighted some of my favorites.

1. Hiroshi Sugimoto, Colors of Shadow C1025, 2006.

This was a beautiful, minimalistic print. Those who know me are aware that I’m into simple geometric photographs… I read more into the Colors of Shadow series and found that the photographer used an entire penthouse in Tokyo to create his images. Check out his website for more.

2. Richard Misrach, Untitled 19-2003, 2003.

This print had quite an impact on me, and this little thumbnail doesn’t do its justice! The photograph stood out among his other work on exhibition, showing his focus on human intervention on landscapes. The wading figures may be small in relation to the body of water, but the ripples they formed spread far and wide.

3. Andreas Gusky, Shanghai, 2009.

The 3-meter tall print was mesmerizing. The repetition, the bright color, and the random people in this hotel tower made me feel so anonymous.

4-6. Harry Callahan, Women Lost in Thought, 1950.

I’ve always been interested in candid street photography, but the series Women Lost in Thought was quite different from what I’ve encountered before. It was unsettling to see such intimate (but public) moments captured, and although he was observing from afar, the way he composed each image seemed so personal.






About Tracy Wong

I am a Hong Kong photographer who specializes in lifestyle photography to capture authentic moments. I shoot for commercial clients as well as weddings and portraits.

Send me a message or follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!

Softly, as in a Morning Sunshine

You might be wondering why I’m still up blogging at such an hour… (It was 2:30am when I started this entry!)

I’ve never really liked going to sleep; it just seems like such a waste of time to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in bed and having a good rest, but the requirement of sleep for supposedly 8 hours a day seems too long. That’s about 1/3 of my day! And of course, often in the weekends I sleep much more than what’s really required…

I know that sleep is essential to our mental and physical well-being, but I recently read about biphasic sleep that cuts my total sleep time to about 6 hours, and can go down from there when this is done long-term. What are the benefits, other than having an extra couple hours during the day? Sleep studies have shown that people who sleep less arrive at REM sleep faster, and therefore sleep more efficiently, so to speak.

I’ve decided to experiment for a few weeks and see how things go. I’ve just completed my first cycle, which was: core sleep at 3-7:30am, then a nap at 4-5:30pm. All cycles are done in 90-minute increments. (I actually slept only till 7 this morning having done the math wrong… Oops!)

Anyway, the photos in this post were taken this morning at my apartment. I rarely have a chance to take my time in the mornings, and the weather happened to be beautiful, so I snapped some images to savor the delicate morning sunshine.

When thinking about writing this, I thought of the song “Softly, as in a Morning Sunshine” by Romberg and Hammerstein. I was introduced to the piece by the amazing jazz ensemble Hiromi’s Sonicbloom. Here they are playing the piece in full live glory!

Happy Year of the Rabbit, and I’ll keep posting updates on this experiment!





About Tracy Wong

I am a Hong Kong photographer who specializes in lifestyle photography to capture authentic moments. I shoot for commercial clients as well as weddings and portraits.

Send me a message or follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!

Inspiration • Citizen Stock

I stumbled upon a refreshing stock photo company, Citizen Stock, and thought I should share a few images from their Cameo Silos series.

Isn’t it amazing how much meaning a silhouette can convey?

There are many aspects of Citizen Stock that I really love. The photographers Sherrie Nickol and David Katzenstein use real everyday people as their subjects rather than models. With the subjects photographed against only a white background, their images have a wonderful minimalistic aesthetic.

And all you graphic designers out there will appreciate this… The original off-camera shots look like the top image here, a partial silhouette with a little bit of detail showing through. But clients are also provided with the full silhouette embedded with a path for vector work! Cool, huh? Citizen Stock is stock photography done right.

(Via swissmiss)




About Tracy Wong

I am a Hong Kong photographer who specializes in lifestyle photography to capture authentic moments. I shoot for commercial clients as well as weddings and portraits.

Send me a message or follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!