Photography Art

When i told people my occupation. They said:”Oh you are an artist, that’s nice.” I was always dumbfounded by their replied, felt kinda of unnatural each time. Because i never thought myself as an artist. For some time, i can’t clearly define what does Art mean. I usually see myself as a commercial photographer or a business person, wanting to  provide unique value picture solution for companies around the globe.

In my personal opinion. Art has various form of interpretation. Let’s just focus on photography practice. If you asked me what is photography art. I think it like a visual absorption feast. Is about individual pair of eye get to notice the scene at that point of time or moment, using photography medium to capture it.

Everyone sees things differently, have different way of analysing information. That is why i think the topic of Art is always subjective. The debate/discussion of photography art is not necessary about technical aspect of the execution; aesthetic plays a major role as well. How Art is perceived also depends on the human’s emotion in that moment of connection.

Now as i write, i reflect. I think Art cannot please everyone. But if my photography Art work able to evoke someone’s emotion and interest. I think that is consider a successful piece of Art work (photograph), even if only take a person to admire it.

We all may see a same visual but each mind has a different perception/opinion. For example, put a group of photographers to shoot a vase in a decorated room, each photographer will produce different beautiful picture through their own interpretation. No two pictures will be the same.

How i think now may not be the way i reflect about Art in future. Is still a learning process for me, as i continue to grow, i believe i will find more deeper meaning in Art.

Purging in progress on Facebook

What am i purging?

I am currently removing most of my pictures albums from my personal Facebook account. Why am i doing this, am i crazy or depress?

Why am i purging? 

You see the thing is, i don’t enjoy that eager feeling of waiting for someone to click that magical “Like” button for my photographs. I just realised i hate instant gratification. Honestly, a tremendous waste of time (i hate wasting time). If there are no “Likes” – what happen is self doubt creeps in, the feeling can be degrading and losing a bit of confident at time. Everyone loses confident at some point of time because of doubt or fear. Perfectly human being to say.

Posting so many pictures on social media may not truly reflect your life. That depends the type of pictures you are sharing. I used to see how people only portray the glamorous side of their lifestyle. Luckily, i barely can envied about that type of life, we all know how reality work.

Next, purging doesn’t mean i don’t like the pictures, but is less meaningful for me as i matured more. The perspective thinking between age 25 and 35, and so on, can be a lot of different.

Should i purge?

Is like cleansing; practicing a long meditation makes one more focus. Similarly, going to the spa to ease muscle tension accumulate on the weary body. Purging pictures off social media is a very personally decision for me. If you don’t want to purge doesn’t mean you are wrong because the pictures must be holding much memory for you. If you dare to purge, it means two things. First you got the guts, yes i got guts because i don’t really care if the old picture are there or not. Secondly and most importantly i see, is that there will still be much room for me as a person to grow.

Conclusion

As a photographer, the picture i took can reflect my style and personality. I want to start this journey of sharing pictures that are more meaningful to me, it would also be great if the pictures i share is able to resonate with someone else. Hope you feel release after doing it.

Eric Kim said:”Don’t care about the likes, care about the photos you like.”

Patience is reward

Life work in a funny way. Before success, you will constantly faced rejection, disappointment, agony, frustration, and maybe give up in the end. You think nobody give you a chance. Another hard truth is, this is a destined path to struggle in order to reached the peak. There is no short cut except very very hard work, fighting your way through all the difficulties.

Forget about admiring other’s people success. Don’t ever think they are lucky. Luck comes with a lot of hard work that most people don’t get to see behind the curtain. Rather, study how did they fail and become successful in their own way, ask yourself what can you learn from failure as well?

The picture above, condos at Tanjong Rhu. I went up to the spot so many times and always get much disappointment of the scene. Somehow i persists and was finally rewarded with the best weather i could possibly imagine. I would say is a personal triumph and learn how determine i was to get the picture at all effort.

Such determination will also be applicable into my commercial jobs for clients that require photography service. I want to offer valuable pictures that goes a long way.

Bless all

Travel Collection – 2 in Bangkok

Not sure had you read my Travel Collection – 1 in BeijingTravel Collection – 1 in Beijing

Now here goes another one of my picture story telling of why do i make this particular image and how do i approach towards the subject during travel in other countries.

As many of the pictures were taken years back. I may not remember all the small details anymore, but the scene still linger in my mind.

Portrait of a Monk

I was like a street hunter, with an eagle’s eye looking for picture opportunities in Bangkok. I can’t remember which temple i was at, there are so many temples everywhere in busy Bangkok. A Buddhism’s country that much devoted to the belief.

I wandered into this temple where i can see a row of golden Buddhas in line. I took the opportunity to rest myself from the heat of wave. While i was cooling down under the shelter, my eyes was scanning for my ‘prey’, not many visitors at that moment, kids were running around, a few monks making their way to the exit.  I capture some still life street photograph and that was about it. Something was lacking. But i don’t know what is that hollow point at that moment.

Often when i search hard for picture opportunity, that situation never appear. The moment i stopped seeking, the chance is presented and is up to you to grab it. Why do i say this? Is because much patience had already dry up while waiting or expecting for something to happen. If nothing occur as you visualise,  you may end up being frustrated, disappointed and even a waste of time.

What is the disparity between Waiting and Expecting?

Waiting – Not knowing what is going to happen next, unable to control the situation. (negative)

Expecting –  A desire to see a situation that is going to unfold. (positive)

Back to the temple. As i as was about to leave, i noticed a monk by himself standing in-front of the Buddha statue. Somehow that particular moment caught my attention. I  boosted up my confident, approached the religion man. Is a do or die moment, i don’t want to moan later why i did not even asked about it and regret for the rest of my life.

I can’t speak Thai, except for the basic “Sawadee kap”, palm together. I spoke in the most simplistic English and hand gesture to ask for a picture. Hoping he will understand. I was not nervous, but neither will i be disappointed if he rejects me.

The monk smiled, nob his head *throw fist on air*

I recalled having some difficulty in the composition, whether should he be standing at the side or the centre. I quickly made a few frames and concluded that standing in the centre would be better. Everything is all centralised from the background to the key subject. Is the the student being humble in-front of the Buddha’s teaching.

He did not smiled throughout, neither i want to control his expression. For street/environmental portrait. I decided to let the monk to be himself, and be respectful to him is important.

Personally i like this picture so much that i printed out 12 x 8 inch and hang it up on the wall.

Hope you enjoy this article, drop me a comment if you like it or how to further improve it.

Case study for work problem and solution #1

Sharing my work experience regarding arising problem on set and creating solution. Photography is not just simply taking a camera and click a picture for the professional. Is also about solving problem and issue on the ground, giving solutions through varies suggestions. These requires with years of experience and handling the situation professionally.

Above is a picture last minute requested from the client to do a portrait picture, and i only have 2 wide angle lens with me, I choose the 16-35mm to capture this picture, another lens is 17mm fixed lens which is not suitable at all. Which explains the picture have more head space on top. Going in too near will cause distortion. In this way i have to make sure my perspecitve is correct. The next problem is there are no proper background inside the shop.I will have to choose an outdoor location with a narrow white wall available as the back drop. Make use of the available tight space and natural light to do this. And this is how the result turns out to be.

A decent picture solution! Click on my website for more great pictures!

Finally over 100 on Instagram!!!!

The “LIKE” or “LOVE” on Instagram can become quite an obsession for many people. Most people would love to receive attention and been popular in what they love to do, or post. The desire to reach “celebrity” status may not be of everyone’s interest. The more people click “Like” on your singular picture post, it create this impression from other of how good you are in taking pictures. Another method is your popularity status in the community through your contribution.

There are plenty of honest tips about how to get followers in legit, or not in the most honest way. Gaining so many likes for a singular picture shows that you are regularly contributing to your group of viewers who are interested in your work. I realised there there is a common trend in this area. Before i go into what is that common trend. Here are some funny fact i thought of to share.

First you have to be a super pretty face girl with generous size of boobs to catch so much attention, if possible have snow white skin and long slim legs. Ladies, please don’t go cosmetic surgery just for popularity, it will kill you in later years. I have to admit huge boobs is a Law of Attraction.

Secondly please don’t secretly go up to the roof of skyscraper or tip of a tower crane to take pictures with your friends hanging on the edges without any safety gears. Looking at it makes my palm sweat and worry you may suddenly stop posting on Instagram later. You only live one, once you drop, most likely no one can patch you back. Plus the poor security guard may get fired because he is not doing his duty.

Third, unless you are a damn famous celebrity. I don’t need to further elaborate this point.

SO, what is this common trend i realised to get plenty of followers; hundred and thousands of likes for your single post. I would say about 97% based on individual. These 97% individual would be FOLLOWING a large group of people on their account, and in return they also have a large group of FOLLOWERS. Or the opposite way, having interested viewers who like your work and start FOLLOWING you and you started to FOLLOW them back. Which either way reciprocate each other.

Is all about numbers! For example, for a picture to receive 1 0 0 0 “LIKE”. You need to have at least 3000-5000 FOLLOWERS who are interested in your work. So what happen to the other 2 0 0 0 FOLLOWERS? Well, because if you are following 5 0 0 0 people on your account, you will get to see 5 0 0 0 posts a day, assuming these 5 0 0 0 people post a single picture each day. How the heck will i be able to see 5 0 0 0 posts in a single day? That explains the math.

For Capture_Asia Instagram account. I am FOLLOWING 3 2 8 users, currently have 3 4 7 FOLLOWERS. Why do i say currently? Because the FOLLOWERS figures will fluctuate accordingly to my observation recently. I save that reason for another post. So on average my posted architecture picture created about 50-80 Likes for the last 2 months, with the benefit hashtag.

Anyway, am celebrating my first hundred “Like” on Instagram. No chance of champagne popping. Social media require to generate lots of time and hard work to see the end result. I know, hundred “Like” is nothing as compare to other users who can easily hit over thousands in less than 30 minutes. Am contended with the current.

THE MOON IS REAL, for goodness sake. Go out more often ya!

Singaporeans doing a mad rush shooting spree to document Rocher Centre before making way for roads.

Closing to a 100, please Like if you Like. 😀

You may also be thinking why did i not start FOLLOWING a massive amount of people to yield the return. Because i am always on the look out for great pictures but under-rated. These are the quiet individual who can be equally talented like the super popular users. However I am not prepare to involve 3-6 hours a day browsing on Instagram. Life is more beautiful and fun outside than gluing the phone onto my face.

PEACE!