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“Day Job?” the Photo Exhibition Pow Wow Hawai’i 2012

February 14th, 2012

“Day Job?” the Photo Exhibition POW WOW Hawai’i 2012

For me personally, I’ve been extremely fascinated by the approach many of my peers have taken in the realm of photography. A lot of these people have become successful in their own right with their primary professions including publishers; designers; brand founders; retailers; artists and musicians. But seeing their creativity applied on a photographic platform that is purely their passion with no financial reward really inspires me.

It sort of confirms my belief that creativity really has no boundaries (when it comes to what medium they use) but for people like myself that weren’t well-versed in more technical forms of visual communication, photography is perhaps my best and only tool. For many so-called “hobbyists” like myself, I feel little weight is held in whether or not the rest of the world actually appreciates your photography… it’s almost as though it’s beyond the point. You’re not in need of making money so the only person that needs satisfying is yourself… perhaps a bit selfish. But as I touched upon, I do like to see the transcending of mediums onto photography and its subsequent success.

In a continuation of “Day Job?” the Photo Exhibition at POW WOW Hawai’i 2012, I hope to continue to offer a platform for amateur photographers from the creative world as well as unify my efforts with POW WOW Hawai’i - Helping to progress the local creative scene in Hawai’i. Hawai’i has had many of the tools at hand with efforts such as POW WOW and “Day Job?” providing a chance to display their works on a wider scale and create a stronger base for the arts. Sure the proliferation of photographic hardware is at a pinnacle, but even then, for that split second in time, that moment is one never to be re-visited as the lens serves as the eyes to what inspires many.

Proceeds from the sale of 1 of 1 prints and an exclusive Day Job? x POW WOW x Stussy T-shirt will be donated to POW WOW Hawai’i, for the continued development and expansion of the Hawaiian creative scene.

-Eugene Kan - Managing Editor of Hypebeast

The opening night of “Day Job?” the Photo Exhibition POW WOW Hawai’i 2012 will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Loft in Space between 6 pm and 10 pm (details below). Each print will come framed and printed with archival inks on Hahnemühle FineArt paper.

Participating Photographers
Edward Chiu / Hypebeast.com - Senior Editor / Hong Kong
Ephraim Chui / Capita Snowboarding - Art Director / Hong Kong
Nick Estrada / TheCombined.com - Founder / Las Vegas, USA
Jules Gayton / Leilow - Founder / Honolulu, USA
Minami Haynes / Honolulu & Los Angeles, USA
Ben Hooper / TheOriginalWinger.com & Bumpy Pitch / Los Angeles, USA
Bobby Hundreds / The Hundreds - Founder / Los Angeles, USA
Kyle Ito / Morals Fiber - Founder / Honolulu, USA
Eugene Kan/ Hypebeast.com - Managing Editor / Hong Kong
Ryan Lau / Aloha Fixed - Founder / Honolulu, USA
Frank Liew / Qubic - Founder & Writer / Auckland, New Zealand
Matt Ramalho / Honolulu, USA
Jarrett Reynolds / Nike Sportswear - Global Senior Design Director Apparel / Portland, USA
Jason Ryan / Honolulu, USA
Brandon Shigeta / Designer / Los Angeles, USA
Cassy Song / Contrast Magazine - Fashion Editor / Honolulu, USA
Jon Warren / Vans - Head of Design / Los Angeles, USA
Jasper Wong / Loft in Space - Director & Stud / Honolulu, USA
Rocky Xu / Converse - Asia Pacific Premium Merchandising Manager / Shanghai, China
Anthony Zerga / Photographer / Honolulu, USA

“Day Job?” the Photo Exhibition POW WOW Hawai’i 2012 Opening Night
Saturday, February 18, 2012
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Loft in Space x Fresh Cafe
831 Queen Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
p: 1.808.223.7462

Eugene Kan
e: contact@eugenekan.com
p: 852.6392.6163


The beauty of art is most commonly enjoyed during its final stage. All the blood, sweat and tears happen behind closed doors. However, that is where the real grandeur lies. The process. Imagine for a moment a gathering of internationally renowned artists in one place. A place that will allow them to do what they do best: be creative. We give them the tools, the space and the freedom to paint for one week. We make that process open to the public, allowing them full engagement and interaction between the artists and their audience. They witness the creativity in its entirety and become an essential part of the artists’ process. It’s about the breaking down of those closed doors and making art accessible. Now take a step further and imagine transforming a whole neighborhood with art within a week. Seeing creativity happen all around you from beginning to end and bringing people together through the act of putting paint on surface.

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