Project 1: My Line is Emo


ANGER my line is emo 4

This is Exasperation. It’s frayed apart and is a visual representation of how one would feel under intense annoyance.

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This is Irritation. I felt like Irritation starts with one starting point and just grows more and more wild from there. Which is seen in the picture

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This is Vengeance. As a more methodical kind of anger, there is a pattern to this line. It still retains a dark and evil looking vibe.


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This is Horror. People tend to hear their own heartbeat during horrific moments and that’s what this line represents.

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This is Dread. To dread something is to anticipate with great fear or apprehension. The line running through the pattern shows this apprehension.

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This is Uneasiness. The patterns in a circle serve as a visual representation of the coiling of guts and a squirmish feeling.


JOY my line is emo 14

This is Thrill. The extreme amount of patterns and the varying contrasts between dark and light give off a lot of energy, giving this line a feeling of thrill.

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This is Optimism. A light happy feeling achieved with what seems to be patterns being blown away by the wind.

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This is Triumph. Like a wave crashing over rocks, this line captures the victorious feeling of overcoming an obstacle.


LOVE my line is emo 11

This is Attraction. The straight lines that bend slightly show how attraction is the beginning of love, like 2 people who have just noticed each other for the first time.

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This is Love. A fast heart beat and a upward feeling that makes you feel lighter, this is what the line is trying to capture.

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This is Sensual. Pleasure in physical and emotional senses is often represented by curves which has been repeated many times in this line.


SADNESS my line is emo 7
This is Guilt. A contrast of blacks and whites, crashing into each other without pattern. This represents the conflict of emotion within oneself when guilt exists.

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This is Melancholy. Grayish slow moving ink across paper is a visual representation of melancholy.

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This is Isolation. The white splotches surrounded by darkness shows how despite being around others, one can still feel very isolated.


SURPRISE my line
This is Revelation. It starts off with dark obscurity, followed by sudden white spots that represent the idea or realization coming to life and growing larger.

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This is Shock. This is a emotion that can shake one’s very soul or world. In this line there is focus on where the shock takes place.

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This is Bewilderment. Sharp lines with a indiscernible pattern meant to confuse the viewer and create a feeling of bewilderment.

Process Development

Arlo there,

So here’s the process I went through for my 3 sketch models!

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So these are photos of my 1st sketch model. I tried to get a design where the D, SD and SO can be easily recognized from any angle. I also tried piercing but it wasn’t very smooth.


I made a sketch analysis of this model and after the class critique session, I realised the SD was too long, thus making it look bigger than the D in some angles. Made a note to shorten it. The model was well received though and I was happy about that. Decided to add wedging into this model.


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Tried another model but with more hanging for each piece.20160901_174635

This had quite a few problems. The SO was longer than the D, as well as being flushed to the tip of the SD. Meanwhile the SD was wedged into the center of the D. In general, the model was not as interesting as I thought it was. The lengths were too similar in some cases. At least I managed to get some wedging practice out of this.


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For the third model, I tried to get the same effect of having a easily recognizable D, SD and SO from any angle.


However, this design came with a myriad of problems too. The SO felt too big, the SD’s height was similar to the width of the D when seen from an angle and the SD felt like it did not stick out enough.

But through the analysis, I was able to decide on a model to improve upon.

Project 1: Picture Story – Curating Self

I discovered quite a few interesting things and recounted some fond/not-so-fond memories for this project, so all in all I think it went well.


Task 1 - 1
Taken somewhere along Haji Lane. I previously had asked my friends about what defined me. Strangely, what defined me was my lack of presence. So I remembered how long exposure shots could leave faint copies of people and that’s how I achieved this shot. I moved around in order to create motion in the shot and make it seem like even though I was barely there, I wanted to be noticed.
Task 1 - 2
Taken at home. This shot was inspired by Lee Friedlander and his style of inserting himself into his own photos without actually being inside his photos. I never really like being in front of the camera since I was young. Which explains why my family photos don’t actually have a lot of photos of me. The pictures seen here are the few rare ones with me inside. You can see other frames in the corners, those are for my brother.


Task 1-3
Taken at a pathway near my house. Another shot inspired by the works of Lee Friedlander. Waited really long for the sun to get bright enough and for it to be less cloudy/hazy so my shadow would be more distinct. I raised one of my hands in this photo cause I was pressing the camera button. It took multiple shots but this is my favourite one. I like the texture the pathway provides too, like it’s a grainy photo but not really.




Task 2-1
A shot at home. I tried to capture how I took care of my army singlet in this set. In this picture, I’m taking the singlet down after it’s been dried from hanging. The singlet was something given to me from high up the food chain in the Singapore Army and in some sense, this photo represents how I continue to receive and care for it daily. The focus might be slightly off and it may appear grainy but it’s a theme that I wanted to capture for this set. I think it’s more obvious in the next photo.
Task 2-2
A shot taken at home with the whitest wall in my house. I wanted to capture the contrast clearly so one can see how much the singlet and I have gone through. The stains come from general wear and tear, except for the big yellow stain on the chest area. That’s from a stray paintball. This set of photos is grainy and slightly off focus to just show how these objects and memories of them will deteriorate over time. But they still hold meaning for us.
Task 2-3
This shot is on my bed, where I usually fold my clothes. I put a second singlet at the corner to show what the original color is like. The one that I wear a lot is faded, just like some of my memories that I have with the singlet. But I definitely still remember them.


TASK 3 – MY WORLD za warudo

Task 3-1
This is the entrance to Bishan Park that is closest to my house. I wanted it to be the first photo so it’s like I’m bringing you into the park. The little girl appeared with perfect timing as I had just set up, so I managed to get this shot of her riding on her cool scooter thing. I liked the lines in this photo because it makes your eyes travel deeper into the park.
Task 3-2
A shot from the bridge into Bishan Park. I wanted to capture the size of the park from a pedestrian’s point of view. It didn’t use to look this nice. The small river that runs through the photo used to be a massive monsoon drain made of concrete. Now it still does the same thing but with AESTHETICS. I used to catch bugs in the grass patches near what used to the monsoon drain.
Task 3-3
This is an area inside of Bishan Park. It hasn’t changed at all. I never understood why the 5 paths leading into it had to meet in the center but it’s a nice place to relax. This is also one of my family’s favourite spots because they got to shake the late Lee Kuan Yew’s hand during Chinese New Year. I was standing with my hand outstretched, waiting for Mr Lee to shake it but he passed over me and shook my brother’s hand instead. It’s one of the many memories I have in this park. All the shots in this set were taken with a wide angle lens so that I could capture as much of the park as possible to share.

That’s all I have to share. I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at my photos!