Category Archives: Photography

A New Season of Where Pianos Roam

May 11, 2017

Creativity / Design / Inspiration / Photography / Where Pianos Roam

For several years now, I have engaged in an ongoing project called Where Pianos Roam (also called WPR).  I have been documenting the exploits of a travelling miniature grand piano named Oreo and her rowdy bench named Buttercup.  Due to academic commitments, I decided to take a break from it for a year.  That year has now ended, and it is time to kick things off again.

A new season of adventures begins on May 15, 2017, on Instagram, which has been the new home of the project for a while now.

I’ll be promoting this all month, and we will have a whole year of shenanigans.

Follow along on Instagram @wherepianosroam

You can see all of the magic on your PC or MAC at: http://www.instagram.com/wherepianosroam

There is more to come.

Enjoy the journey.

 

Gordon Roqué to Showcase All New Works on Instagram

June 5, 2016

Creativity / Design / Photography

I’ve decided to make some changes to the way I do social media.  As a way to simplify how I interact with the world, I’ve got something new in store for my official Instagram page.

First of all, I LOVE Instagram.  It’s my favorite social media platform.  As such, it will be the primary source for my online musical and artistic content.  Starting in June 2016, all photos and posts related to my family and personal life will only be shared on Facebook.  This shift will allow me to more fully showcase the music and visual artwork that I want to share with the world on Instagram.

Of course, everything I present on Instagram will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter, but Instagram will be the starting point and primary source.

What will I be showcasing?  I want to explore the numerous ways by which music and visual art can coalesce when presenting ideas and concepts.  You’ll be seeing lots of new sketches and drawings, colorful and vibrant photography, and performance videos with visual and musical elements.

For a long time, I’ve been neglecting my visual art sensibilities in order to focus more on my music, but because I truly love both mediums, it’s about time that I explore how I can combine the two.  Maybe they will enhance each other in meaningful and gratifying ways.

I certainly hope so.

Find me on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/gordonroque) and starting on June 6, 2016, see all the magic unfold.

Hugs and Asian Power to all.

 

 

One Year of Caturdays with Steinway!!

June 7, 2015

Category / Photography / Simple Living

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Roughly about a year ago, I decided to post a photo of my ridiculously photogenic cat Steinway every Saturday. I dubbed the weekly, dorktastically awesome event “CATURDAY” and cushioned it with a lovely little hashtag.

I did this because my cat photo posting on Social Media was starting to get a little too frequent by that point. Steinway was the first I cat I have ever adopted as an adult and on my own. As such, I was, and still am, super excited to have him in my life. Seriously, I am a huge Asian cat lover, and I’ve always wanted to have a cat. Caring for him has been the best thing EVER!!

To celebrate this first year of Caturdays, I thought I might share some of my favorite images that I posted. So, without further ado, let the cuteness now ensue . . .

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I hope to have MANY more Caturdays with Steinway!

Thank you for following along!

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Where Pianos Roam In a Playground

June 2, 2015

Photography / Where Pianos Roam

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Over the month of June 2015, I will be posting a new series of photographs for my ongoing art project Where Pianos Roam.  For those of you who may not be familiar with this undertaking, I am documenting the adventures of a traveling miniature grand piano named Oreo and her rowdy bench (named Buttercup).  Each photo is a vignette of an experience.  The photograph tells the story along with a brief caption.  The entire project currently exists on Instagram as @wherepianosroam.  Here is the actual web address.  Feel free to click on it to see the photos I have posted so far:

http://www.instagram.com/wherepianosroam

In this new photo sequence, Oreo and Buttercup come across a playground, and of course, blissful pandemonium ensues.  I had a lot of fun taking these pictures.  The end result, as you will see, are fun and colorfully whimsical.

Thank you to everyone who has followed along thus far.  I will be shooting more vignettes on the streets of Nashville this summer.  It’s gonna be super fun!!

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Visual Inspiration

May 26, 2015

Design / Inspiration / Photography

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When you walk into my living room in my home, what you see is the image pictured above.  It is a VERY large-sized print of a vinyl album cover from a band called Manfred Mann’s Earthband.  It was on sale for $20 at a local Nashville store called The Great Escape.  I fell in love with it and bought it on the spot.  Whenever I look at this piece, it inspires me to dream of possibility and take risks, to ascend to higher places.   I really adore how whimsical it is, and it effectively utilizes a wonderful color pallet with its multiple shades of blue, sand, and grey.  This is a perfect example of something that inspires me in my every day life.

Lots of times, I seek out inspiration from other sources.  One of my favorite online places to visit is a site called Apartment Therapy (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com).  People from cities all across America open their doors and show their homes on this site.  You get a glimpse into how other people live and how they infuse their personalities into their homes.  Here are some photos from a recent home that was featured:

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These photos are from the home of Sam Rosen and Linsey Burritt who live in Chicago, Illinois.  There are great furniture pieces and lots of natural light here.

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As a plant lover myself, I really admire how they use plants in their space.  They built a floating shelf to create a wall of plants to separate the dining area from the living room.

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I wish I had these HUGE windows in my kitchen.

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They have a very cool looking home office space too .  .  .

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And then, the master bedroom.  Oooooh .  .  .

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I think what I love most about this home is how minimal it is.  If feels like a cozy oasis where you can clear your head.

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With its minimal styling, abundance of natural light, creative use of plants, and the color pallet of blues, earthy browns, and various shades of white, I think this place presents a close approximation of the kind of home I hope to have someday.  (Although I would have more art on the walls as well as more fabrics and textures strewn about.)  I basically love the simplicity of it all.  Visual clutter is visual noise, and I prefer quiet spaces.  This home (and my future home) is a vision of sweet, gentle, and peaceful silence.  To view more photos from this home and see the entire house tour, just click HERE.

Lastly, I recently saw an Iranian Vampire movie on Netflix called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.  I liked the movie, but I have to say that I LOVED the poster for the film.  It’s so simple yet so effective.  I am going to get my hands on one of these and find a place to hang it in my home.  I really really love it .  .  .

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So this is a little taste into the kinds of things that inspire me visually.

What inspires you?

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