Last week i was doing my research and browsing some excellent photo books in national library. I came across a book by Harold Mante, title Serial Photography. The book cover has a series of cars covered with cover against various interesting background. I thought that was really interesting, so i pick it up to study it. Immediately i realized it was similar to some of my past projects i did before!
What is serial photography? Serial photography is shooting a collective amount of similar designated subject with different environment setting, colors and lighting. A long process which is a great way to train your eyes to observe particular interesting subject to focus at. What you focus on is what you going to get.
One can shoot a serial of photographs for example – window, signboard, sky, everyday scene from a fixed spot at a fixed timing, monthly self portrait for years etc. Get the drift, it could be anything that is within your creative mind, is a boundless flow of process to work on.
Let me share with you a project i documented in Singapore for 2 years, i name it Hidden Door Is a series of colorful and vibrant images in the back street of shop houses around the country. Wandering and exploring is fun for me, especially the back street of shophouses in Singapore, where not many locals would want to venture into, less the tourists. I used to call it “series of images” rather than “Serial” until Harold Mante name it as “Serial Photography”.
Below is another series of serial photography i do in Singapore when i first started doing documentation around Singapore, I was attracted by the distinct design of bulb fusion with various element to beautify it. At the same time creating a light source to light up the frontage or act as a guiding path to walk safely in the dim. No one hardly look up, one day i looked up, and the rest is history. Hence the name of project is Illumination.
For starters who got no general idea of what to shoot. Perhaps you can consider serial photography. Hope you like it.