Malta Notarial Archives On Maltese TV programme Madwarna

This is one of the projects I am working on, photographing the Maltese national treasure -the notarial archives. The program is done very nicely, you can see how people working in the archives including me. 🙂 I bump into them while they were filming. It’s been a pleasure to work in the archives. Thanks Madwarna for including me in the programme. You can watch the programme online: http://www.tvm.com.mt/mt/programmes/madwarna-2/ondemand/ There are many volunteers involving and working at the archives including myself. It’s a great feeling to be able to “give” something to people and to help.  

Amazing ride – Women in Malta

All the photographs were dismounted yesterday. This whole project took me 6 months, finally all is finished and done. I’m happy. I feel so tired and think I can sleep for a week. I have received a lot of support and encouragement since I start the project “Women in Malta”. But to be honest I had no idea what I got myself into. It was just a very simple idea, to photograph women. Running this project was certainly not an easy task. Besides my main work as a portrait photographer, the project took up rest of my time. My average working hour was about 14-15 hours a day. Meetings, writing, emails, messages, problems, problem solving and more problem solving. Scientist says that human use only 20% of their brain, in that case, I was certainly trying to push my brain to more than 50%, as my brain hurts sometimes. I have so much appreciation and gratitude toward to all the people who helped along the way, I feel loved and being looked after, I can’t thank you enough. Your support and encouragement are my drive to push myself further. It got me through the difficult times when I thought the […]

Makeup and hair for “Women in Malta”

I’ve always interested in life experience, my own life experience and people’s life experience. And they all teach me something. I have Anabel and Remi as makeup artist and hairstylist of my exhibition project “Women in Malta”. They taught me something. Anabel just lives a few blocks away from me, so we went to Valletta for photo shoots together in the morning. Normally it takes about 30 minutes to get to Valletta but if we meet traffic that can be an hour or more. She didn’t want to take the chance being late. “What time we have to be in Valletta tomorrow?” She asked. “8 o’clock” I replied. “I’ll pick you up at 6:30” She said. It turns out we always get to Valletta before 8am or a lot earlier and I’m very happy about it. She was quite persistent to check the makeup in my camera before I started to shoot. I often forgot to check and she would ask. She wants her work to look perfect in the photos and we did went on and on with some details. I know the more she cares the better the result. When I started to look for people to work […]

Interview in Pink Magazine

It was interesting to have the interview with Pink Magazine, they really went in depth to ask me all the questions. They are good questions, it took me a bit time to came out the answers as something I didn’t even think of before. Like “Whose portrait would you most like to shoot – dead or alive – and why?” It’s a cool question as I am totally into science fiction. The magazine asked me to send them some of my works. My recent work is my exhibition project “Women in Malta”. At that time the work hasn’t finished yet. Then the magazine told me I can send them any of my work, “it’s about you”, they said. I was excited that I got the chance to show my ongoing project – Her, it’s a series of environmental self-portraits. Here are the images from the magazine: See more photographs from the series Her click HERE.  

Video Challenge

For mobile:CLICK HERE, it will take you to youtube. It’s not easy to be in front of a camera. But I guess it’s a way and process to learn about yourself and learn to love yourself. I try to embrace of what I have and who I am. I want to be the person who will always love me, the way I am, even when my hair becomes grey and teeth fall off. I am the love of my life. Sometimes I have doubts, feeling insecure and shy but learn to trust, be calm and confident. Friends are awesome, they help me a great deal. My friend Justyna, she is a drama school student and she taught me that in life there are different situations, you have to learn to imagine the role you’re in and act the part right. When I was recording the videos, it took 9 times to get one that is only just acceptable. The one that I eventually look natural is the one when I thought of my friends and family. I thought of recording the video is to entertain them, then I look much better, like I was recording a home video to my […]

Women in Malta – working progress

(Something resembling!!!) I’d like to think that I am immortal (too much The Lord of The Rings), I perform magic (too much Harry Potter and photography) and time is the most valuable thing and everything (too much Lucy. I’m having a love-and-hate relationship with time. ) There are rough times when I have to keep telling myself “don’t give up, keep going. ” But it’s nicer to hear someone to say it. (Friends are awesome!) Anyway, after months’ preparation, contacting, meetings, research and work, finally “Women in Malta” is going to start the photo shoots next week. I’m very excited about it. This project has been testing my stamina and put me through challenges, nothing is easy in life as we all know it. It’s been a great ride and a lot of fun. (I’m loving it) I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who help me with this project, I can’t do it without you and am immensely grateful to you. The photographs for the “Women in Malta” exhibition won’t be uploaded to Facebook or Website. it’s totally “hush hush” as I would like to invite EVERYONE, all of you, to come to see the exhibition. […]

Exhibition Project – Women in Malta

This exhibition project “Women in Malta”, dedicated to my dearest friends, family and all the women in Malta. I am inviting 20 amazing women who are over 40 and living in Malta to join this project. This project  is to raise awareness of women’s influence in Malta. Every woman has her own stories to tell. I hope to through the portraits exhibition and the stories of the women will help to encourage, inspire people and encourage people to employ and promote more women in life. Sponsorships are very welcome to support and finance this project. The portraits will be exhibited on Women’s Day which is 8th March in 2015 in Valletta. Amanda Hsu info@amandahsu.com Updates and log about this exhibition project will be on this page: http://amandahsu.com/exhibition-project-women-in-malta/ Stay tuned!