Andy is a great engineer working at one of our factories in Asia. He definitely has a very strong technical knowledge and a desire to make awesome shoes. I got a chance to hang out with him when he visited our Boston office... and really enjoyed his personality.
Betty is an awesome person to work with... or just hang out with. She's super nice and welcoming to anyone that is visiting Asia. Betty also does a great job with the costing department.
Jane is another great developer that I work with. We've worked on some extremely difficult & diverse projects together over the years (ranging from cross training to lifestyle)... but no matter what the project, they always end up looking great in the end. Thanks Jane!
Portrait of a shoe cobbler - Tony
Tony is a true/old school "shoe cobbler". If you gave him a hide of leather, some textile, and a bit of rubber... he can "cobble" together a shoe (Tony is kind of like the Macgyver of the footwear world). What makes Tony even better to work with is his calm and easy going personality. No matter how big the problem, he always remains cool.
Maggie is an extremely colorful and bright person... I thought this picture captured her personality quite well! She's a great person to work with.
Jef is still relatively new to the NB development world, but he's done a great job filling this role. Jef is a fast learner and has a lot of potential for future growth!
I haven't worked directly with Adan on any specific projects. However, regardless of the situation, he's always willing to help out. Adan is a great guy... and also one of the fastest talking people I've met (in English or Chinese).
Jacqueline is a material expert. Whenever I need a new material developed, I go to her and she makes it happen. Jacqueline is also one of the most stylish people in the NB office... she definitely has a great fashion sense and a great smile.
Stan is the man. I don't know how he does it, but Stan basically does the job of 7 people... all while maintaining a cool, calm, and cheerful demeanor. He is definitely one of the most organized people I've ever met. Stan is the PF Flyers of China.
Portrait of a shoe cobbler - Rame
Rame is another super talented engineer (we're lucky to have him on our team). Rame is a very hard worker that can always be relied upon. If I ever have an issue, he's usually the first person I go to for help.
Brick is a brilliant engineer. Knowledgeable about shoes, easy to work with, and good at understanding what we're asking for. He makes my job much easier.
I was doing B&W portraits for everyone, but I had to keep Johnson's color... Johnson has one of the most animated/colorful personalities I've ever come across and I felt it suited him well. The nickname "Mad Johnson" came about because Johnson is basically a mad scientist for shoe technologies. All you have to do is come to him with an idea and he will find a way to make it happen.
Jenny has been my developer on some of the most complex projects I've ever worked on. I love working with her because she never comes to me with a problem without also offering a potential solution. She's definitely one of the best developers of new technologies.
Lucy is what I would describe as a shoe developing ninja. She has an incredible amount of knowledge related to footwear... and she uses this knowledge to "attack" all of her projects. It's always a pleasure to know that Lucy has been assigned to a project.
Shelling- Definitely one of the most high spirited and hands on developers I've ever met... he's also becoming quite a talented designer. Shelling is passionate about every style he works on and it shows in the products that come out. Some of his main interests include: bone soup, hamburgers, and bright colored shoes.
Frank- Development manager at Freetrend. Frank is definitely one of the most knowledgeable and upstanding people I know. I'm stoked to be able to work with him.
Star Ferry to Central. For the equivalent of 0.70USD, you can take the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Central. It's a beautiful ride.
This picture is of a beautiful lake in southern China. The name of the lake is actually called "7 Star Lake" (great tourist ploy by the Chinese government?)... it's in the Zhaoqing province. It makes you forget that you're in the heart of the biggest manufacturing zone in the world.
The streets of East London have some of the best graffiti art in the world. If you're ever there, I definitely recommend cruising the streets for an afternoon just to check it out. This definitely was not one of the best pieces I saw... but I liked the combination of colors and textures in a confined space.
This is a lake in Zhaoqing, China. I tried to give this photograph a mixture of modern and retro. You can see vivid details of the white rock in foreground, but then I blurred out details in background... making it look a bit like an old painting. Anyways, I thought it came out pretty cool.
Enjoying the view of Big Ben from across the River Thames. I had decided to go on an epic walk from East London to Tower Bridge to Big Ben (upon my arrival to London). Jet lag was definitely kicking in at this point... legs were also getting quite week. It is a very beautiful walk along the river though.
The Giant Buddha is located on top of Hong Kong's Lantau island. To get there, you take a semi-sketchy cable car (which has amazing views of the beaches and airport) to the top of the mountain. It's a pretty cool site to see perched on top the mountain.
Bonus picture of the cable car and airport below!
I liked this shot I took while in the Boston Public Gardens. It almost looked as if the willow tree was bleeding into the pond. Really beautiful colors in mid-autumn. Prudential building in the background.
A "moody" photograph taken during the fall season in Boston's Public Garden. I really liked the colors of the trees and the shadows/reflections you see in the water.