DUO Singapore, the past and the future

DUO Singapore is an integrated development that consists of living space, working environment, shopping and your friendly vacation stay. This architecture is design by Ole Soheeren. The firm also designed The Interlace in Singapore, a residential type building for CapitaLand Singapore.

As a photographer who have much passion of documenting commercial buildings around Singapore. It is always a pleasure to witness a new born, i personally have seen this building grown from a huge vast of green into a vertical concrete. Honestly i do missed that empty field.

The past in my title describe the construction of DUO Singapore. Years back I’ve recalled how workers were hanging their life on the tower crane making adjustment. Before i knew it, the tower, or towers. Started to develop; structure began to take shape of what the architect had in mind. To the outsider, various opinion took place, whether is positive or negative comments. There is no turning back. To me, is more of a pleasure to marvel. A new challenge to develop photographic angles of the twin tower in the right perspective. Am a photographer that is paid to shoot, not shoot for free. I am not able to travel back weekly or monthly to capture the construction phrases.

What fascinate me was how fast the construction of the tower had developed. Started in 2013 and complete in 2017, which is the current year! A much needed 5 years to complete 186m tall is very fair. Time whizzed by quickly. With the aid of technology in the construction sector, nothing is seemly impossible.

Jan 2016 – DUO residence flank by Park View Square on the left and The Gateway on the right

Nov 2016 –  A missing honeycomb window, i think construction phase about 90% completed

May 2017 – The future, construction work are still on going on the ground floor

I will continue to work on more images of DUO as the pictures shown here portray only one side of the tower. Honestly, not justifiable to the architect, but hey, am not contracted for this project. Bear in mind we should have the free will to create.

Same scene but different perspective

Scene #1

Scene #2

A little bit of background. The building architect is Iversen Van Sitteren & Partners. This building is name Shaw Tower. Standing along Beach road. A 35 storey tower building meant for offices and retails. Precast concrete panel fenestration allowed floor to ceiling gazing in the office units. It offer the building’s undisturbed views of the sea. Shaw Tower remains a distinguish feature in the commercial district today.

Look at the two pictures above. Am wondering which one do you prefer? Some may prefer both images. Some may not even like it at all for whatever reason. A few may choose one of the favourite from the two pictures. Sometimes it can be a headache to select the best picture out of the many. Let’s use this 2 pictures to have a quick discussion.

Scene #1 was the first picture i took. The light was great as you can see, the sky was in saturated blue which i totally love it. A bit of puffy cloud to add as an extra element on the sky. Sometimes i like to include a taxi vehicle inside my frame as my personal style of work. Common colours of taxi vehicles in Singapore are usually in red, blue and yellow. However, i dislike the tree branches on the left of the image. It seems to distract my main focus on the architecture.

Scene #2 i start to make improvement. I’ve adjusted my distance and composed in a way the tree branches is out of the frame. Now you can see the sky is completely in blue colour, the viewers can easily now focus it attention on Shaw Tower. However, there was no taxi at that point of time for my personal style of work. The flow of the traffic is hard to predict, sometimes many vehicles can come all in one time, making it hard to wait for a single taxi vehicle to appear even after a long wait.

What makes a striking image if i have to decide the best out of the two. I think a great photograph rely on line, shape, form, texture, pattern and colour. These are the basic elements of good composition. Every successful photograph rely on one or several of these elements, regardless of the subject.

As i am writing this now, i have a clearer perspective scene #2 would be my ideal choice. If you looked carefully at scene #2, 3 colours; blue, yellow and green caught my attention. And also without any distraction of the tree and vehicle on the road. The building is in a proper vertical manner for architecture photography work.

‘Hidden Door’ on ArchDaily

‘Hidden Door’ project is a documentation of series of doors in the backstreet of Singapore. This photo series has been very close to my heart for many years. But there is a problem. No one knew about it, despite all the SEO were in place, it was hardly searchable because there was no need for it. Although i did get some attention when i posted it in my personal social media. There was an overwhelming response from friends, which was great. But somehow i feel is not enough, something is lacking. This become a problem for me for a few years.

Until recently, i just wanted to message ArchDaily. This is an architecture website that serves inspiration and information to architects around the world. The viewership has an over 10 million monthly visit and over 2 million followers on Facebook. Am not sure whether are they interested in my project, but i knew if am not going to ask, i will never know whether ArchDaily will be interested or not? So i send a message. Guess what?? The person that replied me was interested in my series! More messages were exchanged and before i knew it, Boom! ‘Hidden Door had appeared on their website, comes with 595 likes! Simply amazing!

Just do it!

11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS

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11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER Ricky Gui FROM Singapore

LOS ANGELES 05 Nov 2016 – Professional photographer Ricky Gui of Singapore was presented with the 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Honourable in the category of Professional Architectural at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 5, 2016.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA, Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography; Young & Rubicam, Lima; and Anthem Worldwide/Marque Branding, Sydney who honored Spider Fellows with 627 coveted title awards in 31 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,556 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Ricky’s “Esplanade,” an exceptional image entered in the Professional Architectural category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Honourable.” Jury member Paola Anselmi, interdisciplinary curator and arts writer in Australia added, “As always it was a real treat to be part of the program. Congratulations to all involved and to all the remarkable photographers who gift us new insights into the world and ourselves.” “A truly amazing set of entries, so many deserving winners,” added Marcel Wijnen, Creative Director at Anthem Worldwide.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. http://www.thespiderawards.com

Contact: Ricky Gui
Telephone: +6598489316
Email: ricky.captureasia@gmail.com
Website: http://www.captureasia-photography.com

A building with many names

This is basically a #throwback of a picture i took early this year. I was on my way to capture the old dragon playground in Toa Payoh and i walked past this traditional Chinese building. A building with many names house under it. Singapore Chinese Physicians’ Association, Singapore Chong Hwa Medical Institution Singapore and College of traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Winning architecture photo competition in Singapore

Am extremely humble to be one of the many winners of SkyVille@Dawson photo compeition organized by WOHA. I never thought i would have win anything, my objective was to document some really fantastic pictures from various angles and lighting i had observed, post it up in my Instagram account and particpate in the competition.

WOHA is Singapore famous international architect firm behind the design of SkyVille@Dawson. WOHA has also designed many projects that can be seen by the public, naming a few are, Park Royal Hotel at Pickering street, School of the Arts Singapore, Stadium MRT station, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.

Below are my three winning image and clips created by WOHA instagram. You can check out the pictures in my instagram as well.

Selected for “Most Powerful Story”

Selected for “Most Powerful Image”

Selected for “Best Photographer”

I did not study architecture for a living, my knowledge of architecture is very limited. But belt with more than 10 years of photography experience. My approach towards architecture photography was to capture the essence, in the most profound way from various angles. Spend time to study it, repitive journeys – till i have the feel to “interact” with the architecture.

There is a proverb saying “Less is more”. With one picture, relating the entire story in a single frame, it is very empowering especially in photojournalism, street photography, landscape etc. However, for architecture, there are many way to showcase the building. Using different ideas to compose it, i can opt for a symmetrical format if the design allows, using a long lens to shoot details, using a tilt shift lens to capture is amazing as seeing the building in a non converging manner etc. So you see, there is almost no dead end to it quality if one can see the possibilities out of it. A building is not just a piece of concrete block placed there for it’s usage purpose. But people living and working in it, generate useful ideas to create a better world.