The Analog Wall

How do you gather your ideas? Every time I start a new project I start with a literal blank wall. I call it the analog wall become it’s the opposite of digital; there’s a craft-like hand-making aspect to the work that’s tactile and somehow feels more real then images on a screen. This wall then ends up with photos, words, images, quotes, etc. It is a constant process of reinvention. Sometimes I’m piling up images on top of one another, other times I’m ripping them off the wall. This time I allowed myself to draw and write on the walls. It was giving myself permission to commit to ideas and concepts. This stage of the process always feels exciting and yet the most uncertain. What’s your experience? Do you have an analog wall?

The Analog Wall by Daphne Chan

The Analog Wall by Daphne Chan

I’m working on a new fine art project by combing through my childhood photos and came across the one below. It’s a good reminder that as artists, we all start somewhere.

So about 13 years ago I moved with this young man, at the time my boyfriend, to a city where I had no friends no family and no job. I had been studying photography since high school but had never considered it as a career path. Having just graduated from law school, my mother was understandably horrified this would even be an option. John encouraged me to open a photography studio saying, “what do you have to lose?” And the rest is history. Often the doubt and fear can hold you back from going after your highest dreams and it just takes one person to spark that within you.

This is the first “serious” portrait I took of him and printed in the darkroom and to this day it makes me chuckle. With a seasoned eye, I can critique the photo but it reminds me to stay humble and that we all start somewhere.

Portrait of John Waldron

Portrait of John Waldron

Last week I got a call out of the blue from a man named Darrell Wilson. He’s a professor in Film and Television at the NYU Tisch School of Arts. He explained that New York University was hosting an artist talk to honor a legendary drag artist and gender activist named Flawless Sabrina (aka Jack Doroshow).

Darrell had been searching online for photos of Flawless Sabrina and came across my fine art website. I had the amazing opportunity to meet Flawless Sabrina at a burlesque bar as a photography student in New York. The Flawless Sabrina is the project I photographed at a very famous drag cabaret restaurant called Lucky Cheng’s.

I’m so honored I’ll be presenting my work to the NYU Tisch School of Arts and they requested the use of my images from the series!

Here are details of the event if you’ll be in New York including her bio:

“Legendary drag impresario and gender activist Flawless Sabrina ( aka Jack Doroshow) is an influential entrepreneur for establishing queer public performance in a pre Stonewall era. As a trailblazer Flawless Sabrina appropriated the artform of the beauty pageant to cross gender boundaries and award visibility of the transgressing and beholding of beauty.  While challenging societal heteronormative norms at a time when the term cross dresser was not only pathologized but illegal. Arrested, detained Flawless refused to be kept in the closet as an oddity or a secret but continued to celebrate and encourage the expansion and public awareness of queer fluid expression and representation without shame or apology.
The conversation will feature clips and out-takes from the 1968 documentary Queen. ”

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The Flawless Sabrina by Daphne Chan

The Flawless Sabrina by Daphne Chan

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The Flawless Sabrina by Daphne Chan

The Flawless Sabrina by Daphne Chan

I’m so excited to make an announcement for the New York Boudoir Photography Tour! We’re shooting boudoir sessions on Sat November 8 and have 3 spots available. If you’ve ever wanted to shop for lingerie, be pampered with a full makeover and be photographed in a beautiful light-filled New York studio, now’s the time! Please email us at info@daphnechan.com for the The Boudoir Experience including a complete pricelist.

Packages start at $995 and include professional makeup and hairstyling, as well as a Fine Art album and negative digital files. For more information, visit our website for more information and our portfolio at Daphne Chan Photography.

Please share this if you know anyone in New York City and the surrounding area that be be interested in this opportunity!

DaphneChan New York Boudoir Tour

Daphne Chan New York Boudoir Photography Tour

Here is the incredible transformation of the electric Miss P during her powerful boudoir photoshoot in this Before and After.

Often my clients will point to the hair and makeup styling as the reason for the transformation.

Confidence is Very Sexy

Confidence is Very Sexy

My name is Daphne Chan and my mission is to empower every single woman to reclaim her power and confidence and love themselves through radical self-acceptance. Who’s with me on this mission?

What I’m trying to say is that confidence can make all the difference. I once had client who rushed off to her acting class after her photoshoot and she said everyone, men and women, were flirting with her. Another client went out with her girlfriends the night of her session. She shared that she felt so confident she met a guy and they’ve been together since. Confidence is very sexy.