Category Archives: Photographer’s Blog

STREET PORTRAIT THROUGH A FRAME

Varanasi Train Station, India

Street journalism or documentary photography has been shaping the way I shoot for the past few years. It is a genre that has opened my eyes to the world. To me, it is all about people. Without people in the frame, I feel there is no soul in the photograph. In almost every scene, it depicts their […]

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JUST GET OUT AND SHOOT! – Viewpoint on Photograph vs Gear

Stop Moving

WHICH CAMERA IS THE BEST? Through my years of shooting, I have known some friends of mine who used to be very staunch Canon or Nikon supporter. They used nothing else other than their beloved Canon or Nikon set-up. It has almost become like a cult to them. Recently I met up with one particular […]

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WHEN THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH – A perspective of Light

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia -

Before I begin my very first post for 2012, I just like to wish everyone here a very happy New Year and I hope 2012 will be a good and enjoyable photography year for all. Back to my blog, I decided to create this post as a result of my ever-increasing interest in natural lighting […]

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BEST OF STREETS 2011 (Travels)

"What's happening over there?" (Istanbul, Turkey)

This series is a continuation from the earlier post, “BEST OF STREETS 2011 (Local Scene)“. In that post, I had shared some personal street images captured in my home country (Singapore) this year. Do check out the post if you have not visited it. Over here, I had devoted this page to some of my favorite […]

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BEST OF STREETS 2011 (Local Scene)

"In and Out of Love"

With 2011 drawing to an end, I recently took a good look through my library of images that I had shot throughout the year. Many times when I look at my own images again, I learnt something new. Just like looking at the works of other photographers – we see the good and the bad. […]

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: MYANMAR IN MONOCHROME

Yangon, Myanmar

A visit to Myanmar is just like winding back the clock. When first I stepped into this time-warped country in Oct 2011, I felt I was being brought into the true authentic Asia where the adventure travel of old lives on. The sight of creaking buses packed with passengers to the brim, worn-out taxis and potholed […]

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BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL – A Cambodia Village School in Photographs

Day dreaming in the classroom

Wat Ek Phnom is an atmospheric, partly collapsed, 11th-century temple situated 11km north of Battambang Town in Cambodia. During the journey back to town after visiting the temple, we passed by several local villages and made a few stops along the way to take some pictures, including an old village school (situated in Ek Phnom […]

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IT’S A NOVICES’ WORLD – Images From The South-East

Shwe Yan Pyay Pagoda, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and Cambodia are two countries in Southeast-Asia with one of the largest proportion of Buddhist in the world. Buddhism in Myanmar and Cambodia is predominantly of the Theravada tradition, practised by about 89% of the country’s population in Myanmar and more than 90% in Cambodia. They are also two of the most […]

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WORK – MAN AT HIS LABORS: Asia in Photographs

Brick Workers (Battambang, Cambodia)

Asia is such a rich and unique continent of the world. It is so rich in culture, religion and history that everything seems to be compressed into an amazing range of geography. There is such a great diversity from one country to another that it is never boring. Visually, Asia is so rich that you can […]

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PHOTO ESSAY: MIGRANT WORKERS – DAY OFF

Anywhere is a good place for a nap for these migrant workers. At almost every corners and back alleys of Little India on a weekend afternoon, you will find these migrant workers occupying a spot for a rest or just to hang out with friends.

* Prelude: This was a project I did last year documenting the day off of Indian and Bangladeshi migrant workers in Singapore. All the pictures were shot last year (in 2010) in and around Little India area. Recently, I decided to review them again and put it together in this blog with editorials included. I […]

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STREET DOCUMENTARY: A LOOK AT THE SULTAN MOSQUE

The open courtyard by the side of the main prayer hall

August 2011 – This happen to be the month of the Ramadan this year (the Islamic month of fasting – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which lasts for 29 or 30 days). I though that doing a photo essay on an iconic Muslim monument will be very appropriate to coincide with the Ramadan. I also […]

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WHAT IS STREET PHOTOGRAPHY ALL ABOUT?

Street Photography - Going up the elevator

What Is Street Photography? According to Wikipedia, street photography is a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings. I have also been asked very frequently what is street photography all about. What is the difference between street and documentary photography? Some […]

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STREET DOCUMENTARY: A WALK IN CHINATOWN

Many elderly folks just hang around at the main Chinatown podium reading the Chinese newspaper. Every evening at about 5pm, an old man will walked around the area with a stack of "Wang Bao" and "Xing Ming" papers for sale.

Chinatown is one of the must-see cultural enclaves for visitors heading to Singapore. On any day, it is always bustling with people, and the place is filled with colorful mix of old and new, from family-run goldsmiths and medicine halls, to textile stores and dim sum restaurants. It is also one of the favorite hunt in […]

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY – WALKING

This is one of my favorite street 'walking' shots. I was roaming in Orchard Road one late afternoon and spotted this huge advertising billboard of a topless man in jeans that stretches a few story high. I knew immediately what I wanted out of my picture and waited for long while before a lady walked perfectly into the position that I wanted.

I am a lover of street photography. I love the honesty of documenting life as I see it. One of the most interesting subjects of street photography is people. People are the main cast of a street picture. Without the human element, there is no ‘soul’ in a photograph, and the ‘life’ in it will […]

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CHILD’S PLAY – WATER FEAST

Child's Play: Two kids playing with water (Marina Barrage, Singapore)

I often had people sharing with me how they find taking picture of kids – challenging. And I totally agree. Whilst photographing children can be one of the most rewarding and tempting areas, it can also be quite frustrating. For one simply reason, kids are never at rest and they are always in motion. If you have […]

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EXPLORING LIGHT AND SHADOWS

Light and Shadows: Moving kid at Art Science Museum, Singapore

“Where there is light, there are shadows”. This is a well-known saying that could have possibly come from a photographer. Light and shadows are inseparable. They live with one another, and photographers depend very much on these two elements to create the mood and effects out of their pictures. The word “photography” itself comes from the […]

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CAPTURING MOVEMENT

The is one of my personal favorite. The monk in maroon robe was walking in a clock-wise direction, spinning the prayer wheel as he walks along. The motion was fast and there was very little available light in the monastery other than the outdoor light coming in through the door. My intention was to show the motion of the monk together with the spinning of the prayer wheel. Notice both the subjects (prayer wheel and monk) were not sharp. Picture shot in Boudhanath, Nepal, 2011..

One of the most enjoyable aspects of photography is the ability to capture movement. I enjoy doing this very much as part of my routine street and documentary photography. I love street photography. The streets are usually a bustling place, always full of people going about their daily lives – often in a hurry. Opportunities […]

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FUJI X100 – THE ‘REAL CAMERA’ REBORN

The fuji X100 sports a retro rangefinder-styled camera

* The following page contain reviews which are my personal opinion, and in no way related to the original equipment manufacturer. INTRODUCTION This post came a little late, after I got my Fujifilm X100 more than a month ago. Nonetheless, I just thought of penning down some personal thoughts about this new toy of mine […]

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MY MAIDEN POST

Finally, after such a long while, I have decided to set up a photography blog where I can relate everyday things that I shoot to people around me, and I hope, even to the people around the world. Notice that I call it a photography blog? Yes, as the name speaks for itself, it is […]

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