As a photographer, i am responsible for telling the story of a moment or series of events in a single image. It allows the viewer to take a mental trip through my photographs. No matter what my focus is in photography, being able to convey a story will help add impact to my images. What truly makes a great news-telling image is the ability to convey a story through noticing even the tiniest details.
I accept that people actually have a story to tell – it's my job to capture it and not invent it for them. The story may be painful but capture it anyway – So if my gut tells me to take the shot, i'll just take it. In my experience, the best emotional shots are usually the ones not overly orchestrated. The best images will always be the ones that evoke emotion and make people feel something.
I have recently completed a series of photographs that pays a tribute to the life and work of an old single man in his 60s as a gatekeeper at a Singapore Dialect Clan Association for more than 30 years.
Entering his 'HOME' of more than 30 over years.
Life at this clan association is just normal to HIM – the everyday stuff is just not that exciting. Living here can be the very essence of living the simple life. He makes do with less of everything from food (fridge too old) to clothing (no closet space) to knick-knacks and frick-frack which he simply do not have space to display / store.
No Television, just a portable DVD player to watch his favourite Teochew opera shows everyday.
One of his lawn chairs to sit back while reading the newspapers everyday.
Running water, hot water, showers, tubs, etc are not essentials - He managed just fine.
An antique bolt lock cabinet "MADE IN AUSTRIA" was found in his 'home'.
His 'home' with an architectural loft style.
It can be very sad to live alone, as only the lonely know; as only the lonely can know. The sound of loneliness can not only be deafening but shattering. It is not everyone's battle but it's his and those elderly people living alone, who have been presented with a destiny of isolation and solitude.