Photography is Life! Photography is our past, present, and our future.
Unless we are living in a primitive society, the moment we make a conscientious effort to look around us we would have undeniably notice that photographic images dominate the very fabric of our social structure. And they are integral to the very fabric of our social norms. Beginning from the 18th century, mankind had produced approximately 380 billion photographic images with each of these images competing to influence our lives, one way or another, with varying success. The potential influence starts within the household where images are most commonly seen in our morning papers, promotional flyers, calendars, family photos, product packaging and etc. This influence continues even when we step out of our homes, into the elevator, at work, during lunch breaks, when we are sick or when we are enjoying ourselves. At almost every moment of our lives, there are photographic images surrounding our lives and sending sublime messages to the unwary viewer.
Photography is the primary art form that I use to express my creative intentions. The way how photographic images influence the viewer had always fascinated me. When I was young I like to observe the subtle emotional reaction of people when they are viewing pictures. In my pursuit to create images with souls, I endeavour to produce photographs where my viewers can immerse themselves into the images and/or to encourage the viewer to visually and mentally explore deeper. I aim to achieve a state where the photograph shares a synchronous relationship between the photographer, the subject, the subject’s environment and the viewer.
The spirit of holding on to hope, in times of despair, greatly influenced my artistic development. And it forms my affinity for harsh lightings, sombre mood, and high-contrast images. My works mainly centre on the subsistence of people and/or nature within their environment.
As an artist, I hope to perfect and expand on the art and to present myself globally as an established Singaporean artist. My work had matured over the years. It took on a more expressive panache and I deliver my work through creative fine art, pictorial and realism photography genres. I also have a special interest in documentary photography and I undertake projects when the opportunity arises. In documentary photography, I found permanence where memory fails.
My other passion lies in teaching and transferring knowledge. I have a strong interest in guiding and helping budding photography artists to succeed. I always believe the next generation will never cease to amaze us.