So it has been a hell of a week at work. You have no idea how refreshing it felt when the end of Friday arrived, and it was just bliss to just leave everything behind a little temporarily. After all the dramas all I only really looked forward to was to take out the Ollie and make the shutter purr.
There was the Fashion Show at Times Square, the opening show for the entire stretch of activities running over the weekend. The fashion show was presented by the International Fashion Training Center, hence expectations from the crowd was rather high, in comparison to the usual organized by retailer's kind of commercial fashion series. The fashion runway was setup at the front of the main entrance to Times Square, hence it was held outdoor on a humid Friday night.
The show was supposed to start at 7pm according to the programme list, and by 655pm, the crowd already flocked the area and I was in position at the front row with other fellow stranger photographers getting our gears ready for action. at 715pm, there was still no sign of any activity on stage, and there was also no announcement of delay from the Emcee. The crowd started to get agitated, and I believe many have not had dinner just yet. It was not the usual wait inside the comfortable cool air conditioned lower ground platform. It was not exactly comfortable cramping under "fresh" Malaysian metropolitan air.
At 730pm, the Emcee started to engage the crowd with a few really crappy announcements which the crowd would pay no attention to. So great, we thought the show was finally going to start. Guess what? No. The models seemed to have just arrived, and they were not even ready yet !! And so everyone waited and waited. There was this photographer who randomly came up to me, and we started chatting. He was from Turkey (first guy I encountered from that country!!! Eeep) and he voiced his dissatisfaction towards the event. At 745pm he decided to leave the venue, with his friends who all waited in total frustration. This is their final, but friendly remark to me:
"I have only been here for 2 months, but everything in Malaysia does not seem to happen in time. Everything is late. The trains, the buses, the events, the food (restaurants), the people, EVERY-FREAKING-THING is late here.".
It was a statement I find myself agreeing to. After all, is that not what made us so famous? So much for Malaysian Culture.
So at 755pm, the show finally started. Being nearly an hour late killed off the enthusiasm from the crowd, and the show could have been a better success.
Since this particular fashion show was presented by the International Fashion Training Center, the designs of the cloths were somehow more odd-looking than ordinary, and more "creative" in some ways. I do think some of them are rather eye catching, and unconventional in design. I am not exactly one to be knowledgeable in fashion, but variety seems to dominate the night, and this is good to keep the stage fresh throughout the one hour show. Yes, the show ran for an hour long, I wonder how I managed to keep my arms attached holding my Ollie taking pictures non stop for an hour.
The stage set-up was a disaster. The lighting was terribly harsh, and even using my external flash as fill in, there were harsh shadows everywhere on the skin of the models. Highlights on the dress was another issue, and the loss of details on the dress was very annoying. This was also partly due to the limitations on my E-520, having limited headroom before hitting highlight and shadow clippings. Nonetheless, more evenly covered spot lighting would have been appreciated, and perhaps, a wider and longer stage could have been better for the models. For such a huge event, the stage sure did not reflect the grandeur.
This was certainly a great way to end a hectic week, and the perfect start to the weekend. There will be a full day series of Fashion Show happening on Sunday at Times Square.