“Would I be happy that the last thing I did in life, was making a web banner for an energy company?”
When the Tohoko earthquake happened in 2011, Harvard could not get the mental image of a car trying to escape from a giant tsunami wave out of his head. He didn’t want to have any regrets in life, and so he quit his full-time job to pursue what he wanted to do.
Isn’t It Great to be Here? is the story of how Harvard Wang walked away from an advertising career and became a photographer. Told through short personal stories, each chapter offers a nugget of wisdom that Harvard learnt while figuring out how to capture happiness through his lens, and most importantly, on how to become a happier person.
Interweaved with Harvard’s insightful words are over 200 pages of his beautiful photography work, from his daily life to weddings to food photography to his wife, giving us a visual narrative of his journey to becoming a full-time photographer. Together with the bilingual text, the entire book is 316 pages thick, and bound in hardcover. This book is a photo book of Harvard’s work as much as it is about his personal life story.
About the Author
Born in Klang, Malaysia, Harvard went to Melbourne, Australia to study Architecture. He quit after half a semester and changed his course in life to creative advertising. He became an art director in 2007, but was retrenched in 2010. In that same year, he also shot his first wedding. When the 2011 Tohoku earthquake happened in Japan, he decided to leave his advertising career to pursue photography.
Format: Hardcover, 21cm x 15cm
Volume: 316 pages
Publisher: volume press
Circulation: 500 copies