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Curating self – nature

Task 2 : My World


Since young, I am fascinated by the vast nature around us. I really like nature photography as nature is very unpredictable. Living things like birds and insects tend to move around a lot. The feelings that I try to evoke through these photos are calmness and serenity.


From this picture, I think you can guess where the place that fascinates me is. This significant place is of course, the Botanic Gardens. Anyway, you would probably know that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to the internet, a black swan represents something extremely rare. I believe that everyone is unique in their own ways and I tried to portray it through this black swan which happened to pop its head out for me to take a quick shot of it. It makes me feel really special to have gone so close to the swan.

It also reminds me of the childhood fairy tale i used to read, ‘The Ugly Duckling’.



For this photo, I tried to play with the one point perspective of leading the viewers’ attention to the hut.

The reason is such :

There is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Pot of gold = Hut

Rainbow = Road/Pavement

I tried to portray that meaning through this photo,  that success doesn’t go to you, you go to it.


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This photo reminds me of my younger self, when I actually thought how would it be like if i sat on the lily pad. But I would probably sink since it cannot support my weight. I also tried to incorporate what was taught in class, depth of field.

(it could support a bird’s weight though. Continue to scroll down to see a photo of it) :^)


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This is the last photo I chose. This photo to me shows how rustic and old the Botanic Gardens is. It is founded in 1859, which is over 150 years old. The wooden planks seems like it has went through a lot of rain and shine. Also, I played with the one point perspective in this photo.

Bloopers/other photos of nature that i took in Botanic Gardens :

Here you go 


Some dragonflies

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More birds

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Artist References :

My main inspirations for these photos come from the photographers from national geographic. 

The specific photographer that I get most of my inspirations from is Tim Laman. Here are a few of his works from his instagram account :



Feel free to follow him on instagram like I do ! 




I like nature and the photos I’ve taken do not actually portray any human in it :^)

Curating Self – hohohockey

Task 1 : Object and representation of self


The object I chose to use is my hockey stick. Hockey was the first ever sports CCA that I’ve joined in my life. The reason why I chose to join hockey was the fact that it was a unique sport unlike any other.


For this photo, I’ve covered my eye with my hockey stick. I look really tired and sad. The story behind this was that hockey, likewise any sports, it comes with risks. I was from Jurong Junior College and the incident happened during a friendly match between my school and Millennia Institute. Unfortunately for my friend, she lost her sight in one of her eyes due to the opponent hitting her in the eye with her stick. Adding on, due to this incident, JJC hockey was disbanded after my year and we did not participate in the A divisions. I was the last batch of hockey players from JJC. Thus, my hockey stick really meant a lot to me.

Moving on, I captured the sun flare when the sun was setting. This warm light reminds me of the times when we visited her in the hospital and donated to help her family out with the medical bills as she is not very well off.


Despite all these issues, I met some of my closest friends through this competitive sport and i tried to portray it through the warm lighting in this photo. Furthermore, I am smiling in this photo unlike the previous one. Hockey is a sport that I enjoy and can see myself playing more in the future. I will not let this incident stand in my way.




Other photos that I took :



I tried to play with the foreground, midground and background, but I feel that it is a little messy around the branches and I should have stood a little closer to the camera.


To me it is kind of a very normal sports photo, thus I did not pick this photo.


Notes :

I like to play with depth of field as seen from my photos. :^)