Month: August 2017

Neighbourhood (task 2)

Neighbourhood. It is a place where we grew up and holds our childhood memories.

I grew up in Yewtee-a district in Choa Chu Kang for the past 21 years. It became a place of attachment, where my primary and secondary school are situated at. It is certainly a neighbourhood whereby I have many fond memories of and probably will. I remembered playing catching and spending my afternoons at a playground just beside my block. My life was indeed carefree back then.

Below are the pictures that I took during late evening, which are intended to portray a reminisce feeling.

Close up shot of the HDB National Day decorations.

Long shot of the newly renovated playground in the corner.

Events at the HDB multi-purpose hall, malay weddings under the void decks and even the corridors that lined up with pots of plants, holds a personal and meaningful value to residents. Simply because these common areas are located near us and we create memories just by leading our normal everyday life.

Hence, my neighbourhood holds a huge significant meaning to me and it evokes a sense of belonging deep within me. Especially with these National Day decorations in place, it awakens our spirit of patriotism, right?

Taken from a lower vantage point.

A unique perspective of two different buildings. On left is the new BTO building, whereas on right side is the old HDB flat.

Mid range shot of the path that I frequently used, back when I was in primary school.

My most cherished memory were the journeys to and fro my primary school. I would always popped by the mini-mart near my school for instant noodles, buy ice lollies from my neighbourhood auntie downstairs or sometimes I would buy magnolia icecream from the uncle who came on his three-wheeled motorbike, which parked just right outside Kranji Primary.

Little things like this seemed nothing and normal back then. But as time passes, these memories creates a part of yourself and defines you as a person. The environment of where you lived in and the people- neighbours who you interacts with. It is the people and the familiar surrounding environment that makes this neighbourhood exclusive to me.

My neighbourhood is not just mine alone. And that’s exactly what makes it so special.

The faceless works of Ben Zank

Image © Ben Zank


Ben Zank grew up in New York and he came from journalism background. Zank’s works touches surrealism in his encounters of everyday life. He has a characterize style of which he refers as “bizarre minimalism”. Models in his works usually poses in an eccentric manner and most of times, faceless. When they do show their faces, they tend not to look directly towards the camera.

Image © Ben Zank

Image © Ben Zank

Image © Ben Zank

“It’s pretty common to see beautiful faces in photographs, but I’m not trying to sell that. I’m interested in portraying the human form as something architectural and surreal.” – Ben Zank

He wanted to portray emotions of his subjects without the use of faces. Rather than the composition, people are the focus of his works.

Image © Ben Zank

Image © Ben Zank

I wanted to capture photos that enables viewer to feel certain emotions, without expressing it in forms of humans, just the environment itself.

Slightly higher vantage point.

From a slightly lower vantage point, to fully capture the path that I took to school

Subject distance- Long shot. (wide vast field in foreground, the worker in the mid ground, HDB in the background)

Exploring different vantage points/angles and investigating the place.

Diane Arbus and her portraits

Diane Arbus was best known for her square format photographs. She was also famous for her grainy, intimate voyeuristic work which mostly consists portraits of marginalized people- person or group that are considered insignificant or of lower status. Her works were mostly controversional and were heavily critiqued.–diane-arbus-photoshoot-inspiration.jpg

Most of her portrait shots are close-up shots, intending to create a sense of intimacy with her subject. As well as the details can be clearly seen. Below are my process photographs for task 1, attempting to take shots of different vantage points and subject distance.

Here’s a close up shot of the object on a neutral background.

A close up shot of me carrying the bike up the stairs. From a slightly lower vantage point.

Full figure shot with the object.

A mid range shot, interacting with the object.

Attempt in cropping unnecessary details.

Cycling is freedom (task 1)

If I were to choose just one object that represents myself and has a significant value to it, I choose my own personal foldable bicycle.

I usually went for a ride around my neighborhood when my mind was overflowing with useless thoughts. It helps to clear my mind about school work, life issues and to be away from the busy civilization. At the same time, it improves my state of well-being. Sometimes, I cycle at the nearby park as it is a good way of interacting with the nature. I believed that regular exposure to greenery helps to improve our mental health. What I liked when cycling surrounding with nature, is the refreshing smell of trees and morning dews. This is what had kept cycling over the past few years, since primary school.

Happiness is when you ride your bicycle downhill. The refreshing feeling of wind going against me, evokes a sense of freedom. For me, cycling gives a sense of freedom that nothing else can.

Previously the destinations of which my old bicycle went to, is limited within my surrounding neighbourhood area. It is quite troublesome to go to further places with my previous old bicycle, as it is heavy and unfoldable. With this new foldable bicycle that was bought recently this year, I am able to travel further away from my neighbourhood with a much portable, slimmer bike. It can be easily folded into the vehicle. I do sometimes cycle at the East Coast Park during public holidays. Other places includes Sungei Buloh, Woodlands Waterfront, West Coast, Chinese Garden and etc. Cycling in nature helps to alleviate things off my mind, as though the bicycle is powered by positive thinking.

Mid-range shot, showing the “exhausting” emotion

However, there is one downside to it. It gets pretty exhausting carrying the bicycle up the stairs, when there is no ramp seen nearby.



In my Pandora’s box

Hi! So, here’s my ultimate chosen object, which is the Eiffel Tower Ballpoint pen. Ballpoint pens are everywhere, but this particular ballpoint pen has a unique texture and shape. It resembles the Eiffel Tower. It is one of the coolest writing instrument I ever had. However, I could not recalled where I bought this from. In the past,I used to collect and bought intriguing miniature objects, such as a coin bank resembling fire extinguisher, a miniature wardrobe for accessories and etc.

The most interesting part of the pen, is the Eiffel design itself. Hence, I concluded that the body of the pen would be the dominant one. Whereas, the tip of the ballpoint is the sub-dominant. The sub-ordinate would be the intricate beautiful carvings on it! (of which the details could not be captured by my camera)

Below is my 2D Sketch Anaylsis Details of the selected object.


Contrast is an accentuation of many different elements in a particular design. According to, contrast can be defined as “the difference in visual properties that makes an object distinguishable from other objects and the background.”

In the previous class exercise, I had came up with 3 different compositions which consists of 3 different elements (D,SD,SO) and create a design that portrays CONTRASTS.


3D Sketch Analysis



Different perpectives

Q1.) What are the different effects moving from one, two, three point perspective?

We are able to capture the entire set/environment. It also changes the focal point of view, meaning there’s a change in the subject.  It also sets a different emotion. For example, a one-point perspective can be very narrow and limited but as it changes to a three-point perspective, the view will be broader and audience able to get a whole view.

Q2.) How can we use perspectives to draw attention?

The lines and vanishing points directs our eyes on a certain object/subject. It draws the viewer’s attention to specific focal points within the scene. More than three-point perspectives makes the viewer feel disoriented. 

Emma Kunz Spiritual Healer drawings

Emma Kunz (1892-1963)

A researcher, healer, and prolific artist.

“Emma Kunz left behind a lifetime of artwork consisting of 400 drawings. Apart from their aesthetic value, her pictures reach far beyond the concept of art to express her work as a researcher and healer.”

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