[4D] Assignment 1 – Task 2: Research and Process


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):

  1. Inspiring Photographers
  2. Ideation
  3. Execution Process
  4. Concluding Thoughts

Part 1: Inspiring Photographers

Maarten Mellemans

All images above belong to Maarten Mellemans.

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

All images above belong to Masashi Wakui.

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.



All images above belong to Nguan.

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


Key words:

  • Timelessness
  • Tranquility
  • Nostalgia
  • Comfort
  • 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:

The unsung heroes of our every day lives.
Showcasing our national pride.

Each household holds its own unique charm and story!
A pile of items that my mom had conveniently placed outside.
It kind of looks like we are all living behind bars from this angle…


Shots from inside my home, welcome in!

We have this super duper old-school exercise bike that doesn’t even work anymore sitting in our living room. For some reason, we haven’t gotten around getting rid of it. Perhaps it’s because of the sentimental value behind it, as it was a gift from my paternal grandparents.
A common area where everyone keeps the tools to keep their pearlies white.
Decorative pieces in the living room.
My dad’s favourite hobby, watching TV and reading newspaper at the same time.
Home always welcomes me with open arms!
A tell-tale sign of who’s home and who’s not.
My mom’s collection of umbrellas.
Need a condiment? We’ve got them all!
This is a perfect example of the definition of organised chaos.
This little fella’s name is ‘Mango’. He has been with me ever since I was 6 years old, so he basically grew up with me! But age has never gotten to him at all!
My small collection of tsum tsums, which hold lots of great memories during my time working at The Walt Disney Company Pte Ltd (SEA).
Worn but trusty light switch, which accompanies me when I need to burn the midnight oil to rush through my projects.
All the magical formulas that help keep my home clean and comfortable to live in!
More magical formulas that keep the dishes in my home clean!
A lone ranger, guarding the house relentlessly from any intruder.

Concluding Thoughts

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!

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