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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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NORTH VIETNAM IN ANALOG

BUFFALO AT WORK: The spectacular scenery in Sapa includes the famous rice terraces that spill down the mountains - a breathtaking view indeed. Here a villager with his buffalo plough the rice field. Cat Cat hill-tribe Village, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam.

As a continuation to my earlier post “Snap Shots from North Vietnam“, photographs in this post are all shot with my good old Leica M6 0.72 classic, coupled with the 35mm Summicron-M lens. As mentioned in my earlier post, I just wanted to travel light for this brief trip to North Vietnam, where I made […]

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SNAP SHOTS FROM NORTH VIETNAM – A BRIEF VISIT

Grocery lady at a market in Hanoi, Vietnam.

After taking a couple of months off from my photography blog, I’m finally back to my photo journals again, at least for now. I have been itching to return and spend more time on where my passion truly is – photojournalism and documentary. It is difficult sometimes, having the need to juggle between passion and […]

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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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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 PHOTOGRAPHY: A DAY IN ISTANBUL (SERIES 2 – MONOCHROME)

Along one of the many small alleys off Istiklal pedestrian street

This second series is a continuation from the earlier post of “STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: A DAY IN ISTANBUL (SERIES 1)“. Do check out the earlier post if you have not visited it yet. Over here, you will find some more street photographs I have taken in Istanbul, in particular at Taksim Square. I have decided to […]

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: A DAY IN ISTANBUL (SERIES 1)

Nostalgic tram along Istiklal pedestrian street (off Taksim Square)

Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city, and also its cultural and financial centre. It is the nation’s largest city, and the fifth largest city-proper in the world. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. At anytime of […]

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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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PHOTO ESSAY – FACES OF THE KATHMANDU PORTERS

Portrait of a porter in Thamel

It has been more than 3 months now since I returned from my Nepal trip (in March ’11), but I still frequently dig into my Kathmandu photo folders to savor the great experience I had during the 2 weeks spent there. One of the things that still buried deeply in my mind and made me […]

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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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ACTION AND MOVEMENT: BOUDHANATH – THE LITTLE TIBET

A Tibetan Monk praying in front of the Boudhanath Stupa

A trip to Nepal is never complete without a visit to Boudhanath, located approximately four miles from the capital city, Kathmandu. The main attraction is none other than the Boudhanath Temple, or the famous Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa found in Nepal, and also the holiest of all […]

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FACES OF SADHUS AND THE PASHUPATINATH

Managed to capture this sadhu in bright orange and yellow when I was about to leave Pashupatinath. I love his expression and those huge eyes. Has great "soul" within.

Situated approximately 5 km north-east of Kathmandu is the magnificent temple of Lord Pashupatinath amidst many other temples on the right bank of the river Bagmati (which eventually meet the Ganges in India). The Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu (established in the 17th century). Along the shores of the Bagmati river near the temple lies […]

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FACES AND PORTRAITS FROM AN OUTSKIRT VILLAGE, NEPAL

Capturing Movement: A Newari lady along the corridor of her doorway spinning woolen yarn. It is a very common sight at the Khokana village where spinning woolen yarn is very popular.

Towards the end of my stay in Kathmandu, the thought of visiting the country-side of Nepal came as a refreshing idea. Having seen so much of the legendary shrines, historic Dubar Squares, temples, stupas, statues, and all the ancient architecture in and around the city of Kathmandu,  a visit to a native village on the […]

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SWAYAMBHUNATH – THE MONKEY TEMPLE OF KATHMANDU

The Buddha's Eye at the Swayambhunath Stupa

The Swayambhunath Stupa is a legendary Buddhist shrine that sits on a hill top of the Kathmandu’s valley. If you are having any problem with the pronunciation or remembering the name “Swayambhunath”, try telling any locals that you want to visit the “Monkey Temple” and they will know what you are talking about. The Swayambhunath Stupa […]

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PATAN CITY OF NEPAL – CITY OF FINE ARTS

Capturing Colour: A local Nepalese man plying the streets and alleys of Patan City with his bicycle loaded with crane stools for sale.

Some 8km south of central Kathmandu, situated on a plateau across the Bagmati river is a lovely little city called Lalitpur – the city of fine arts. The city is more commonly known as Patan. It took me about half an hour by car from Kathmandu Valley. It was not exactly the kind of city […]

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