In music they say the spaces between the notes are just as important as the notes themselves. Similarly in photography, it can be the spaces that are not in the light that add impact to an image.
Shadows help tell a story and enhance the mood and visual power of a photograph. In fact, they can be so interesting, that they “overshadow” the subject itself. By focusing your attention on the shadows, you can create beautiful compositions full of contrast, form, and minimalist simplicity. An object and its shadow will strengthen each other. Sometimes you might even want to cut the object out entirely, and play with capturing only the interesting shadows that are cast by it.
Hong Kong is a lot different to shoot in from Singapore. I like detritus and darkness, shadows and noise, so for me the backstreets and markets of Hong Kong give me the things that I want. Photographing shadows works best with strong, simple shapes that make interesting graphic designs such as flowers, sharp lines, or even human beings. After all, who hasn’t taken a picture of their own shadow as it stretches out across the sidewalk in front of them?
I recently travelled to Hong Kong. Yes again. It’s somewhere that I always want to go to every year, the streets, the neons, the vast amount of people. There really aren’t many words that can fully describe the energy of Hong Kong and how that energy transforms from day into night. It’s magical, the sun dips and gives way to a sea of neon signs as they flicker alive. The evening commute begins and a new energy starts pulsing through the very heart of the city. I don’t have a particular project that I am working on with regards to the streets of Hong Kong. I like to walk around to see and learn about the city. I like to get lost and see where I come out. Singapore does not have this attraction for me at the moment, maybe because of familiarity of the setting.
Hong Kong is a highly fast-paced city. Sometimes it is absolutely disorienting. One of the things that you will notice in this blog post is the sense of motion. Because Hong Kong is such a busy city, I feel like I need to convey a sense of motion in some of my images to hint at just how quick the pace of life is in Hong Kong.
With street photography, people often think of the typical black and white, static and candid captures that freeze the action. This may be popular, but it’s also great to break the mould and apply some creative uses of slower shutter speeds. After all, street photography is about anticipating and capturing a moment before it’s gone, which often requires the photographer to react within a split second of a moment unfolding in order to grab the moment. Adding a slower shutter speed shutter can help add drama to street photographs, in fact there are many different times when a longer exposure may be beneficial in bringing out the essence of a street moment.
My Hong Kong photo series under pen name 蓝天游 titled《魅惑香港》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报光影版 full coverage dated 3 June 2018! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you made my day! :)
Situated along Jalan Kledek in the heritage Kampong Glam district, it is Singapore’s first Photography and Vintage camera museum and hosted in the world’s largest camera shaped building. While the museum showcases about 1,000 vintage cameras dating from the 19th century to modern times, the founders have more than 7,000 vintage cameras in their personal collection, which has taken them close to 20 years to amass.
A collection is not made overnight, especially a vintage camera collection. It takes years and sometimes a lifetime. You cannot be an impulsive buyer otherwise you might get burned. You go thru a process of learning like where to buy, what to buy, which cameras are highly collectibles which are not, what is the right or ideal price for a certain piece and so on. You have to be very careful not to go over your budget. You have to get information of the world market prices for vintage cameras.
To acquire something that is rare is like owning a treasure. But i suppose it gives more meaning as a collector if the collector can share this to other people for them to see and appreciate. For me, a collection, to be meaningful, should be shared with other people. If you keep it to yourself then you deprive yourself the respect you can gain from your passion and the knowledge other people could acquire from your collections.
Whilst exploring Taiwan last year, with my usual eye out for street art, I noticed a couple of those electricity boxes; the kind you don’t usually notice. I don’t know what the correct name for them is – Electricity transformer boxes or kiosks? Circuit boxes? Junction boxes? Electric utility boxes? Anyway, I’m talking about those boring-looking grey metal boxes that control the electricity supply to nearby buildings.
So, the reason I noticed them was that they were colourfully painted. And then I spotted more. You can’t miss these painted electrical boxes throughout Taiwan. They are virtually everywhere, and most commonly painted with landscapes or flowers. I’ve snapped a handful of them to share with you, during my walks around the city. Each box is painted on all sides. No two boxes are painted alike, although you will see recurring themes and color palates.
Permission for the street exhibition was given to brighten up Taiwan’s main streets. The only regulation was that the electricity warning sign couldn’t be painted over.
Street art is becoming a big obsession. One of the first things that I do when I decide on a new destination is to find out whether or not I’m going to get my fill of street art. When I decided to be in Taiwan for two weeks, and Taipei for a large majority of that, I knew I needed to scope it out. Luckily, one of my favorite things to do while traveling is just to wander the streets. And from wandering and gaining some insight from a local in Taiwan, I was able to find some of the best Murals in Taipei.
Taipei may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of street art culture, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. In Taipei street art and better yet, good street art is easy to come by. The capital of the island country of Taiwan is rife with large and small scale street art.
Here are my favourite photos of the street art that I saw. And as always, if you know of any more, leave them in the comments!
对想专心进行手工创作的人而言，最需要的就是能找到一个轻松舒适、同时还能与其他同好进行交流的空间。为打造出理想的手创天地，从事这行三十年的温清隆师傅原本想在东区找店面，却意外在《甘乐文创》内找到满意的地点，创立了 “三艺金工” 工作室。
Blacksmithing and traditional metalworking are ancient crafts and techniques that are quickly disappearing from society. The San Yi Metalworking Studio is an excellent example of CAN’s influence on traditional industries. Mr Wen Qinglong, a master silversmith, was trained as a traditional apprentice since the age of 13. Although he has a solid mastery of the skills of his craft, he could only find work making items to order on a case-by-case basis. With the help of CAN, however, he began to see beyond this traditional dynamic. He founded an independent studio and developed his own brand of design products, allowing him to engage in artistic creation firsthand. He also works to cultivate an appreciation for his craft through interactive demonstrations and hands-on experience sessions. By continuing to introduce new possibilities to local craftspeople, CAN hopes to continue to make use of local resources and find new meaning in old arts.
Taiwan’s old streets play a significant role to the country’s architectural, cultural, culinary, and economic history. Each old street is famous for only one particular thing which it produced many years ago. Despite having developed into tourist attractions, these streets are preserved, and you can still trace the roots of the locals’ lifestyle, and get a glimpse into Taiwan in the olden days.
Walking along Sanxia Old Street is like walking into a time tunnel - the arched red brick hallways, the traditional architecture, the beams, columns, ancient wooden plaques, the squat maidens walls and the figure carvings upon the buildings are all very unique. This ancient street has a feeling of nostalgia for the good old days and makes visitors want to linger.
The Culture Art and Nature (CAN) located in Sanxia Old Street is re-established from old houses, and periodically hosts music, plays and photography exhibitions. CAN, a local community advocacy group, has been intimately involved with Sanxia’s cultural preservation efforts and creating a historical record of its past. The group’s founder, Jeffery Lin, grew up in the area.
My Photo Essay entitled Hong Kong and Singapore《香港美荷楼生活馆与新加坡牛车水原貌馆》Published in LianheZaobao 联合早报 Newspapers Dated 19 April 2018
My photo essay under pen name 蓝天游 on Hong Kong's Heritage of Mei Ho House 美荷樓生活館 and SG's Chinatown Heritage Centre《香港美荷楼生活馆与新加坡牛车水原貌馆》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 19 April 2018! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
这条铁路从武吉知马铁道站以南不远的地方，最先在金文泰路与Lorong Gaung （今Maju Drive 一带）横越金文泰路，然后沿着旧金文泰路（今金文泰邻里公园所在）北面穿越斜阳大道（Sunset Way) 再,横越乌鲁班丹河。铁道沿河向西南方向，从花柏岭、花柏林和花柏径住宅区边缘经过，至班丹河与乌鲁班丹河交接的不远处，横越班丹河，向西而去。从这里，铁路沿亚逸快速公路的北面至旧亚默依布拉欣路（今改名亚逸拉惹快速公路）交接处转向南面，继续往西。最后，铁路横越裕廊河，直通裕廊渡头路站。
There is a Peter Parker, who has been serving in Hong Kong’s friendly neighbourhood as their local-Spider-man since 2016. After an exhausting day at work, the young man breathes a sigh of relief in his bed. Then his “spider-sense” awakes, he puts on the world-renowned costume and leaps to the street – the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui. For him, this costume is not merely a source of income, but also his own way of doing good, like his comic book counterpart.
When interviewed, i realised the two Peters share a similar childhood. They were both victims of bullying at school, due to their introvert personalities. The Hong Kong's Spidey recall that he was living with his mum on a tight budget when he was young. The Spider-Man movies toughened him up. He said he wants to share the power with others which is one of the reasons why he took up the costume. Hong Kong Spidey says he just wants to bring happiness to the stressful Hong Kong. He hides his identity to his family and friends.
Standing on the streets for more than two hours during summer is unbearable for most, yet sweat and tiredness never stop him. Hong Kong Spidey is able to perform outdoor for up to six hours a day, regardless of season, simply because he enjoys what he does. Spidey insisted that his purpose is to bring joy to everyone. He declined when people gave him tips at first. Later he thought of a meaningful idea, which is to use the tips from the public to help the needy. Despite the strict regulations of fund-raising activities in Hong Kong, Spidey finds his own way of doing charity, works as a street performer and spends all the money he makes for donation. We first met in the Star Ferry Pier when he was surrounded by people who were taking turns to take selfies with him including myself !
My photo essay under pen name 蓝天游 on urban street art in Singapore and Hong Kong《转角遇上艺术新加坡与香港街头涂鸦节日》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 24 February 2018! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
Before the start of my blog story on a place visited in Taiwan last December, i would like to first express my sympathy. I have learned with profound sadness over the earthquake in Hualien in Taiwan which has caused loss of lives and enormous devastation of properties. I encourage all of you to please dig deep and let's stand strong behind the people who need it the most and those who have given up the most to be there for others in their greatest time of need.
The Light to Night Festival is back this year with an even bigger line-up! The annual Light to Night Festival has returned to the Civic District over the weekend as one of the marquee events of Singapore Art Week 2018.
In its second edition based on the theme of Colour Sensations, you can expect a sensory overload as major cultural institutions and parks in the Civic District, including The National Gallery, The Arts House, Victoria Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum and the Esplanade, will be transformed into dazzling, multi-sensory art exhibitions. Besides a stunning multimedia projection show on the buildings’ stately exterior, you can chase literary happenings and performances for an all-round artsy experience.
If you only have time for some exhibits at this year's Light to Night Festival, be sure to make a beeline for these few.