Street photgraphy

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The 53RD COLLECTIVE: Thai Yong Wong

I finally tried my hand at street photography, not least because I wanted to provide some insight into daily life in Singapore as I saw it. I found myself really struggling to find a cohesive theme while I was shooting, but looking back I think it's because of how diverse the country is. I began to embrace the diversity and abandon the entire idea of representing a single idea, because Singapore as I perceived it couldn't be represented by any single theme besides diversity itself. The collection therefore features the young and the old, the city and the suburbs, and well, everything that Singapore encompasses. Perhaps I'll endeavour to stick to a single theme the next time I attempt to capture Singapore, but as a matter of introduction to this place I call home, I could think of nothing more appropriate than this.

Portfolio II

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The 53RD COLLECTIVE: Thai Yong Wong

"Travel photography" is a term I've long struggled to grapple with, and my views on what it means have changed drastically since I first began shooting on a holiday.  No longer obsessed only about landscapes, I've come to learn that "travel photography" entails any sort of photography that seeks to capture - forgive the cliché - the essence of the place visited and shot.

Armed with an X-Pro 1 and the XF35mm f/2 lens, I sought to put my newly formed definitions of "travel photography" to the test in Hokkaido, Japan, where I visited this summer. These pictures were the product of my efforts to capture a broader range of photos with more varied styles, each in the hope of capturing (and communicating) the different facets of Hokkaido I saw. The pictures reminded me not only of the beautiful place that Hokkaido is, but also of all the emotions and well, vibes which the place evoked in me - and I can only hope it does the same for you too. I hope you enjoy them!