Photoshoot Handsome factory TST
I contacted J Brian Siswojo one of the Co-Owners of the Handsome Factory Barbershops to ask If I could take some pictures of one their barbershops and one of the staff barbers for my photobook book, that I am now designing about the life of barbers here in Hong Kong. They kindly agreed, and I was assisted on site by the manager Vivi Chan. Many thanks! As this is another interesting barbershop for me to take images for my barber life book.
Well as usual in my routine I took some pictures outside the barbershop before I went in and then met up with Vivi, the manager and set up my gear near the front window. As with the other photoshoots I used my Hasselblad 500 C/M with a 2.8 /80mm lens and Rolleiflex Automat medium format film camera . also utilising an 80mm / 3.5 lens and my Fuji XT2 camera and 18mm fast lens.
So I noticed there were quite a lot of items in the barbershop that I could focus on such as the hair washing basin which has the traditional front-facing washing position. I also noticed a lot of focus points at the top of the fridge and some wall shelving with some unusual layout of items and picture nearby.
As well as the interior I wanted to take some images of Cherry Chung another female barber who works at the Handsome Factory Barbershop before and after our interview. Cherry started her career as a salon assistant before getting the opportunity to work at the Handsome factory. Being a female barber as she explained is a little tricky sometimes as a lot of men do expect to see male barbers, but she seems very determined and keen to learn about the client’s needs in this male orientated environment. Cherry also said she feels like part of a family and she is well supported by the other barbers and her friends and family. She said she much prefers the life in a barbershop to the experience in a salon, as salons usually have a lot of office politics and the opportunities are much less due to the segmented structure of work in these places. She also said barbers are much keener to transfer the skills to one another so this was a bonus to her career goals.
As with the other interviews, I will reveal more of the sometimes funny and entertaining and quirky things that were mentioned during the interviews when I publish the book one day soon I hope.