Similar to Task 1, this will be a compilation of all the research, ideation and execution that went into Task 2. I will be kick-starting this entry off with research first, before elaborating the ideation and process in detail.
Content of Task 2 (My World):
- Inspiring Photographers
- Execution Process
- Concluding Thoughts
Part 1: Inspiring Photographers
Maarten Mellemans is the photographer behind a project called ‘Fools with Dreams’. Tired of money, rules and deadlines, Maarten Mellemans gave up his job to quench his thirst for adventure. His project, ‘Fools with Dreams’ allowed him to trade his skills as a photographer for some food and a place to rest his head. The aim of this project was to allow people to follow their dreams and do what they love.
I admire Maarten Mellemans’ courage to leave what was comfortable and safe, and risk it all for his passion and adventurous soul. I too hope that I will be able to do the same in the future. His photographs captured his free-spirit – finding himself in new places, meeting new people and capturing their stories into photos.
Masashi Wakui is a Japanese photographer who has a distinct style of capturing Tokyo at night, transforming this bustling city into a dream-like location that resembles a scene from a Studio Ghibli film. Besides photographing on the main streets of Tokyo, Masashi Wakui also loves to explore and capture the small alleys that lie hidden away from sight. One look and you’ll know that that particular photograph was shot by Masahi Wakui. That is how unique his style is. Many have tried to replicate his style, they had gotten close to the real deal, but still imperfect.
Nguan is an established Singaporean photographer who is well-known for capturing the daily and intricate scenes of Singapore. Many of the scenes that he captures are familiar and close to the hearts of Singaporeans. While Singapore is famous for being a busy city where everyone always seem to be rushing somewhere, his photographs presents a different and more tranquil side of this bustling city. It is as if time stood still and we are able to bask in this stillness and quietness for just a moment. I love Nguan’s style of photography as he is able to take such simple scenes and evoke a sense of wonder in me.
Part 2: Ideation
- Well-lived in
Part 3: Execution Process
The location that I decided to shoot is my very own home! Like the saying goes, ‘Home is where the heart is’. There are just so many qualities of my own home that my hall room can never replicate. There is no such thing as a perfect home, but I am still very thankful for it since this is where I grew up at and spent my entire life at. Usually I resent the fact that there are so many random objects sitting in my home, but this project has definitely helped me to appreciate this ‘organised mess’ because there is a charm to it that I can’t quite explain in words.
I tried not to shift the items in my house around, so that you can have a glimpse of the real state of it, untouched and all. Technicalities wise, I played a lot with framing and depth of field. As my home is considered an organised mess, I find these two particular techniques especially useful in allowing my viewers to be able to focus on certain subjects without being distracted by the other objects in the background.
Shots taken right outside my doorsteps:
Shots from inside my home, welcome in!
This task has changed the way I view my home. I used to never pay attention to the nitty gritty details of my home because come on, who has time for that! However, now that I know that my home is filled with so many quirks, it makes me fall more and more in love with it. I am also filled with gratitude knowing that I have a comfortable home that will always welcome me back with open arms!