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Chinese puppetry is a tradition that is slowly losing ground and becoming rare in Singapore.
The faces and colours of these puppets, together with the intricate details of their costumes has always fascinated me, not to mention the skilful art of manipulating a puppet by the puppeteer from above to bring each puppet to life.
Thus when I come across this rare performance near where I lived, I know I have to capture some photographs of this intriguing craft!
I want to merge the style of street and editorial photography when photographing the subject. Thus I had her positioned before this traffic junction along this busy street, blending and putting her in the comfort of the crowds she sees everyday.
At the same time, I made her stand out from each shot by keeping her still and dragging the shutter to blur out the crowd and traffic both in the foreground and background to achieve the effect of a "layered" composition.
Giant Supertrees are illuminated during the evening light and music show at the Supertree Grove in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel can be seen in the background.
We missed this spot during our previous visit so I was keen to get out there and take some night shots in the gardens. Something a bit different and worth seeing if you visit this city.
This was as wide as I could go with my 16-35mm lens.
I took this picture some time back. I thought the sunset was absolutely gorgeous. Imagine my disappointment when the purity of the photo turned out to be contaminated by the unappealing lens flare. Without much hesitation I consigned the image to the lonely corners of my hard disk. Later, I was revisiting some old photos, I saw it a second time - and having embarked on my project on imperfection, I saw this photo from a different eye. Who said that the perfect image must be pure and clean?
I love shooting during the golden hour at dusk, always looking out for backlit subject and lens flare in my composition.
Chanced upon this scene when I was walking around the neighbourhood one quiet evening.
Was actually hoping for a subject (insect, animal or person etc) to come into the scene "silhouetted" to give more visual context and a more interesting composition but no luck.
The sun was setting fast and guess I would have to make do with this for now.
In this series of photos, I experimented with the combination of fashion photography and the concept of levitation photography (made popular by Natsumi Hayashi) to create a series of levitation photo that seems to defy gravity.
Timing is critical as the model actual jumps and I have to take the shot at exactly the right moment to create the natural levitation look.
I worked with this fashion designer and decided to shoot his entire fashion collection (for this series) against a black and white checkered setting which gives a sense of distortion of perspective and yet is able to make his collection/design stand out.
There are four major roles in Chinese opera - 1a. Male (civil), without a beard, portraying a scholar or lover, 1b. Male (martial), without a beard, portraying a warrior, 1c. Elderly Male, with a beard, portraying an official or judge, 2. Female, 3. Character of a particular personality, with a fully painted face (red for goodness and loyalty, black for honesty and openness, white for cunning and deceitfulness), 4. Jester, with a white patch across the nose.
The grand old Capitol theatre, considered one of Singapore's finest theatres in the 1930s, just before her demolishment.
Unlike other cinemas that were decorated simply, the Capitol featured elaborate decorations on its walls and ceilings.
The interior decorations were green and gold, with the golden dome as its highlight.
Managed to sneak in to capture her beauty and grandeur one last time before it was torn down for redevelopment.
Totally non post processed.. this image is to remind me never to hang your remote shutter from your tripod when you're in the sea with a rising tide... Needless to say it soaked it.. and gave me the shock of my life.. but all is good however as I managed to save it by opening it up and drying out the contacts. Hurray me!!
Taken from Pasir Ris Beach, Singapore at 6.29 AM. No sleep and after a cockroach hunt.. =/
Painting on fans is a Chinese art form that demands special skills in composition because of the shape of the fan. Painting is done on one side, and on the reverse is usually a calligraphy of verse. The fans are for common use, but if the painting is done by a famous artist, the painted paper is usually removed from the skeleton of the fan and mounted as a work of art in its own right. This fan was painted by Pu Ru (also known as Pu Xinyu), a cousin of the last Emperor of China.
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