It's Tuesday morning, shortly after 8am, I've just finished my morning exercise routine, made myself a cup of coffee and I am getting ready to get behind my laptop when my phone rings.
Pack your bags and get your VISA ready, you are flying to China in a week; says the voice on the other end of the line. It's one of my clients - and I'd like to think; friends - Charl du Plessis. Remember him? I photographed him for his latest album? No?
Here's a refresher :)
Charl wanted me to fly with him to Haikou, China where he would be performing on four different Steinway & Sons pianos in one recital. (You can find out more about the pianos on Charl's blog). Without any hesitation I went to the Chinese consulate & got an express VISA - a fancy term for paying twice as much :P
The next Thursday we were on a plane headed to China. Now I am not being a braggart, you should know this about me. I am not showing off.
What I am trying to convey is that, if you work hard and do good work, you'll get that one client (or several) that will become a friend and a lifelong collaborator and that's what I am trying to build. Sure, I want to work with new people, however, keeping communications open with previous clients will lead to many other doors being opened and great, lasting friendships.
Here are a few images from the performance.
And some, where I wandered the back alleys and side streets.
Thanks for reading