My World – Research & Finalisation

•       MY WORLD      

Welcome to my World! This is the marketplace I grew up in. These are the familiar faces I have seen all my life. They made up most of my childhood memories.

There’s the fruit seller uncle, chup chye png uncle, tutu kueh macik and her son. In this series of photos, I aim to capture a still moment of their everyday job routine and the significance they have made to my life thus far.  More than just photographs, we see a familiar bond of friendship, relationship, feelings, and memories. We often take for granted how convenient these people made our lives to be. Craving for rojak? Sure, it’s perhaps just a few steps away. Sick and feeling unwell? Sure, head down and grab some panadol. As technology quickly catches up with time, we are often so caught up with social media and our phones that we forget about HUMAN INTERACTION. I am definitely guilty of this. Remembering once, one of them said “Hi!”, and I simply flashed a pacifying smile and walked away quickly while busying with my device.

We often take for granted how convenient these people made our lives to be. Craving for rojak? Sure, it’s perhaps just a few steps away. Sick and feeling unwell? Sure, head down and grab some panadol. As technology quickly catches up with time, we are often so caught up with social media and our phones that we forget about HUMAN INTERACTION. I am definitely guilty of this. Remembering once, one of them said “Hi!”, and I simply flashed a pacifying smile and walked away quickly while busying with my device.

Each photo portrays a still moment of their everyday job routine and how it is like. I believe we Singaporean are all familiar with these services as they can be found in almost every neighborhood.

My intention is to capture the happiness and uniqueness of their job regardless how trivial or insignificant it may seem to some. Each job has their purpose and they exist to provide a service to us humans. This project has enabled me to reconnect with these people after all these while.

Research: Mindmap/Thought Process

Artist Inspiration: Mindy Tan, @Tinyhumanmind

Taken from: https://www.instagram.com/tinyhumanmind/

Core Concepts & Photography Style:

  • Trades of Singapore
  • Humans of Singapore
  • Unique cultures and rituals
  • A documentation of interesting events and happenings
  • Play with a lot of colors and backdrop that has clear telling characteristics of one’s occupation

My Interpretation of My World:

 

Aite that’s all, folks.

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Time:  https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/qchua007/week-3-project-research-finalisation/

Object that Fascinates – Research & Finalisation

What is one object that fascinates me:

•       TIME      

Watch tells time. It has always been something that fascinates me deeply. Time has no shadow, neither does it take any physical form. Yet, it is way more precious than anything else on earth.

They say, “Time is money.”, but I beg to differ. Time is priceless. It cannot be quantified into figures like how money do. You can always earn back the money that is lost. How about time? Can you recover time?

We always hesitate in the face of challenges, and many a time, good opportunities, telling ourselves that there will be ‘next time’. Hence, we postpone doing good things, doing things we love, and eventually, setting our dreams aside altogether.

Time once gone, is gone for ever. Only in photographs can time stands still. We should make the most of our everyday life, just like the saying – Carpe Diem.

Hence, through this series of photographing an apparatus that tells time, I want to make use of this opportunity to remind myself the value of time.

Research: Mindmap/Thought Process

 

Artist Inspiration:  Bobby Kiran Yeo, @bobbykiranyeo

Taken from: https://www.instagram.com/bobbykiranyeo/

Core Concepts & Photography Style:

  • Advertorial Style
  • Color wise: Strong dominant hue
  • Modern minimalist

My Interpretation of Time:

The first and second images were shot in low light. This setting can be easily manipulated because it is moody and evocative. I shot this in low shuttle speed so that I can introduce some amount of blur in my photograph. I am looking to shoot my item at a place which will bring across the feel of timelessness which will reflect the mood I want to bring across.

Photographs were shot in raw so that I could adjust the color temperature in post production phase. In this case, I selectively desaturated some of the core colors, e.g: green and blue.

The other few:

My World: https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/qchua007/my-world-research-finalisation/

2D Sketch Analysis & 3D Models

A 3-dimensional item I found to be interesting:

• KNOTTED BANDANA •

Bandana is a multi-functional item. The possibility is endless. I can choose to style up an outfit by having it wrapped around my head or it can be used as a decorative piece on any handbags. Have an open wound? Well, fret not. It can be used as a bandage as well, so use it to dress your wound in time of crisis! This is why I am so intrigued by it.

2-Dimensional Sketch Analysis:

  • Dominant: Band of the bandana
  • Sub-Dominant: Knot
  • Sub-Ordinate: Ribbon
  • Texture: 100% Pure Cotton, Opaque
  • Void: The negative space between the batik patterns

3-Dimensional Cardboard Models

Central Theme: HALF

#01: 

 

#02:

#03:

 

3D Models Sketch Analysis:

 

Week 2, Class Exercise

 

Hello, World 🙂

1-Point Perspective:  Location – ADM Library

Type of shot: Wide Shot

 

2-Point Perspective:  Location – ADM Library

Type of shot: Medium Wide Shot

 

3-Point Perspective: Location: ADM Library, The spiral

Type of shot: High angle shot