Using What You Have
Several years ago, my wife and I visited Beijing. Naturally we bought an extreme amount of tea at extreme prices. We swore we would drink it. We promised each other that we were making a sound purchase as we dumped hundreds of dollars down the tube at the tourist-trap-tea house.
Here we are, three years later and that damn tea is still in the cupboard (the sad fact being that we have purchased much more tea since then). Regardless of our tea purchasing problems, the tea remains. Tonight, I thought I would do something about that and the dying gerber daisies on the kitchen table.
I pulled leaves off flowers, dunked tea blooms into vases, filled up teapots with tea blooms and made little petal collages. Whether or not the pictures turned out well is not the point. What was important was that I proved that not only could I entertain myself at home on a Saturday night, but that I could also get rid of the tea in the cupboard.
If you find yourself recovering from a soju-over and cannot be bothered going out, break out the Speedlites, soft box, triggers, and a red-ringed lens. It beats working a jigsaw puzzle.
Who Is Andrew Faulk?
Tokyo photographer Andrew Faulk specializes in portrait, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. With over a decade of experience living and working in Asia, he works with individuals, families, publications, and corporations to create timeless images under any deadline. His work is frequently featured in a variety of international travel and lifestyle publications. He is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.