Monthly Archives: May 2009

Cahill Center @ Caltech [Updated]

Cahill Center 01

Originally uploaded by genshi

I don’t know how I missed it before, but a friend of mine mentioned that I should check out the new building at Caltech if I’m into Architecture and Photography (which I am!)

The building, known as the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech in Pasadena California, was designed by Thom Mayne founder of the architectural firm Morphosis.

Though it has received many mixed reviews and comments, for me, this is just an incredibly designed modern work of inspiration! And since I couldn’t find any photos online that did justice to this incredible building (Editorial: including the horrendous photography work done by the L.A. Times for their architectural review of the building… Really? An architectural review and this was the best photo they could take!?) I took it upon myself to capture the building the way I thought best represented the idea of a modern Astrophysics work of art facility. Here are my results:

UPDATE: As of November 2009, Caltech stumbled upon my photos of Cahill Center and asked to purchase them for publicity purposes and use for the “New Year President’s Message” from Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau. I happily obliged them and future collaborations are being discussed.

Kricky The Alien Frog – Progress

I just received photos back from my manufacturer of the new [re]sculpt of my next toy, “Kricky The Alien Frog“. Originally it was going to be manufactured and released a couple of years ago, shortly after my first toy the “Broken Heart Robot” was released, but due to financial circumstances and other obstacles beyond my control, I was unable to continue through with moving the project forward.

Luckily, things are now moving forward. The manufacturer has been paid and the manufacturing process has begun (again.) The first step is re-sculpting the figure based on my design (see photos below of the sculpt.) After this, the manufacturer will make a wax pattern from the sculpt. I will be posting the progress here as I get the photos and samples in.

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, the Broken Heart Robot will have his side kick! Kricky will of course be released under my own toy brand GENSHI:TOY.

Teaching At Community College

So, a strange turn of events happened several weeks ago. Though I had recently gone back to school in Pasadena to study Industrial Design, I wound up having to [temporarily] drop out as I was offered a teaching position at a Community College in Whittier, CA. I am teaching their “Principles Of Digital Photography” class.

10 minutes before start of class, students still coming in.

10 minutes before start of class, students still coming in.

This is the third week and so far so good. In fact, I’ve been asked to not only continue on through the fall, but to add more classes (I am contemplating developing a “Digital Music Technology” course which is more my specialty.) The thing about teaching at a Community College (which is a first for me) is the diversity of students, especially in age range. I have students from 18 years old to over 50; makes it very interesting when trying to relate to everybody!

This is definitely a new adventure for me and is allowing me to not only share my love of photography with others, but is forcing me to keep my skills honed and my knowledge accurate.