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Photography

Santa Monica Pier

I know I haven’t updated this place in ages and the cobwebs have started to grow all around the url, my sincere apologies but things at school have been so hectic that I’ve barely had the time to do anything else other than work. In fact this current escapade is unauthorized but I need an escape from what I’m currently bogged down with.

So here’s a photo from my trip to the US in 2010. The well-worn well known Santa Monica Boulevard while nearing dusk. I like this shot.  I miss the US terribly (and travelling around the world, as a whole). Thankfully my next trip is in less than a months time, where I will wake up one morning to find myself in Paris. Hoping to get some great pics from there too! See you folks around!

 


New Age Dead

I’ve been doing quite a bit of photography/documentary work regarding the dead in Singapore (more specifically Bukit Brown and various other locations) and it’s quite interesting to see how the old and the new have mixed together here. Some traditions have been forgotten and new ones are being created and right down the middle we have a confused (albeit amusing) mix of both. This is just one of those moments. (The rest will find it’s way to some sharing platform when I finally get down to full scale editing).


Welcome Home (Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography)

The Pulitzer panel of judges have finally announced their picks for this years photography award. I’ll just be focusing on the award for Feature Photography because a long series is harder to pull off in terms of maintaining quality across all the images and being able to communicate an evocative story.

This year the award was given to Craig F Walker for his series Welcome Home. He documents the return of veteran Brian Scott Ostrom from the war in iraq and the difficulties that he faces in returning back to his normal life, especially in the manifestation of personal trouble due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The entire set of images can be viewed at http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2011/12/special-project-welcome-home/26786/

This too ties in with the article by Nicholas Kristof from the New York Times about a veteran committing suicide every 80 minutes. It’s apparent that the issue of veterans returning from war is going to be a problem that will plague the US for many years to come.

Interestingly enough, Walker has won the prize just 2 years ago, for his series Ian Fisher : American Soldier. Also, I’m feeling rather proud that I saw Welcome Home before it won the pulitzer (just a small sidenote, perhaps my only highlight of the day). Do check out all the links! They’re well worth your time.


sleepy fishing village

“however much you resist them, the waters will return; that the land sinks; silt collects; that something in nature wants to go back”

– Graham Swift, Waterland

Before the British arrived, Singapore was little more than a sleepy fishing village. The few immigrants that came joined the local fishing community, venturing out on their sampans to earn their keep.

There is something in nature that wants to go back.


Moon cradle

I missed the full moon a few nights ago but here’s a relatively decent shot. I love playing with the foreground when it comes to shooting the moon.


city carnival

I haven’t uploaded anything in a while, I’ve been once again caught up in a flurry of activity in the past few days. Photos may not be coming as rapidly as previously set, but they’ll still be coming! (: You can follow on Twitter or by email for updates of new posts.

This one’s from the Night Festival 2 years ago, back when I was just starting out (technically I still am)

I really love the carnival sorta feel in this one (yes, it was underexposed, oops)

 


evening departure

2011

He’s leaving, on that midnight train to Georgia