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Gallery After Hours at National Gallery Singapore

A night at the National Gallery Singapore, the After Hours packed with different interesting events beyond visiting the various art galleries inside there. Gallery After Hours happened on 29th April 2016 and it was a good time to visit the National Gallery Singapore again! I haven’t seen all the art exhibitions inside the various galleries of the National Gallery Singapore yet!

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Food, drinks and music performances were the programme highlights of Gallery After Hours, there were French Wine and cheese tasting, I saw them from the outside and didn’t get to try it out at Gallery & Co, located at City Hall Building Level 1. I hope to attend the French Wine and cheese tasting in the future!

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The glass enclosure segment that connects the City Hall Building and former Supreme Court, is going to be popular spot for photographers to capture different views of the amazing architectural facades of these two historical and iconic buildings. This is known as the Padang Atrium and during Gallery After Hours, there were electronic music performances held there. Visitors sat on the steps, watching and listening to the electronic music performances. While it is not an official performance ground, I reckon it will be a great outdoor performance area in an indoor enclosure!

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On the Gallery After Hours night, I also visited its first international special exhibition, Reframing Modernism, co-curated and co-presented with Centre Pompidou, Paris. This is a very interesting and intriguing arts exhibition, showcasing more than 200 artworks from about 50 artists, with approximately half from Centre Pompidou and the other half from Southeast Asia. This special exhibition is also the inaugural exhibition at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery. Reframing Modernism challenges the existing paradigm on the presentation of the modern painting, visitors inside the Reframing Modernism exhibition are invited to connect with the artworks, to draw their own personal connections and conclusions, about the history of modernism and the development of art in Southeast Asia. This unique exhibition, Reframing Modernism, gave me a lot to view, think and connect. It felt mysterious, at times mind blowing, I hope to visit again and re-connect with the artworks again.

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Reframing Modernism exhibition will be at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, located at City Hall Building Level 3 until 17th July 2016. Admission charges into Reframing Modernism exhibition are at $15 and $25 for Singaporeans and Non-Singaporeans respectively. For more information, do visit the National Gallery Singapore website! I strongly encourage you to visit Reframing Modernism and the other art galleries as well!

After visiting Reframing Modernism, I went up to the roof top terrace on the 6th floor, namely Padang Deck and Coleman Deck. This two spots had some great views of both modern and historical Singapore. It’s simply amazing, it’s so beautiful. I want to come back again to the Padang Deck and Coleman Deck, to capture the views of modern and historical Singapore at different times of the day, morning, afternoon, evening sunset and night landscapes.

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It was a fun night of Gallery After Hours at the National Gallery Singapore. Visiting art galleries, food, drinks and music performances, a fun time for friends to get together, visit National Gallery Singapore and have a fun night! I would plan and visit National Gallery Singapore again, for Reframing Modernism and landscape photography from the Padang and Coleman Decks.

I would like to thank National Gallery Singapore for the invitation to Gallery After Hours!

Home Store-ies Photography Exhibition

The Singaporeans storeroom is a unique feature, lifestyle and forms an integral part of our lifestyle today. To many of us, it seems very uninteresting, boring and messy, especially for some of us when we looked at our own storeroom. Have it ever occurred to you how does your friends or strangers storerooms look like? Are you curious about it? Are their storeroom like yours?

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Zinkie, a very talented photographer friend, embarked on a personal photography project to photograph and document the photographs and stories behind the storerooms in Singaporeans home. There were 20 photography works on display at The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429 from 3 April – 17 April 2015 10am – 10pm (17 April: Till 12PM).  Zinkie’s photography works can be pretty abstract at times, yet, her Home Store-ies Photography Exhibition is a little bit abstract yet you can sense and relate the stories behind the photographs, the human touch in them.

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If you are interested to know and see what kind of things are being stored in other peoples’ storerooms, drop by The Arts House and visit Home Store-ies Photography Exhibition!

Do check out Zinkie’s works on her website and Facebook page!

CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” 2014 Photography Exhibition

The fifth edition of the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Exhibition will be held from 15 to 19 August 2014 at ION Station, B4 ION Orchard, from 10am to 10pm.

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The Exhibition features the winning entries and a range of commendable photographs of photography enthusiasts who participated in the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition, earlier this year. This year’s theme called for submissions that reflect “Happiness” captured against the backdrop of CapitaLand properties in the Asia Pacific region in countries such as Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

For this year 2014 photography competition, Sean Gallagher, a National Geographic Creative Photographer and filmmaker will be here for the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” 2014 Photography Exhibition, he will also be announcing the winner of the competition too! I am a fan of Sean Gallagher’s photography works!

For more information, do visit the website and their Facebook Page!

* Information and Picture Courtesy of National Geographic Channel, CapitaLand and TPR *

5ive Foot Way – Days We Met Photography Exhibition

The world of photography is very beautiful, from the art of capturing a moment, to admiring and learning from fellow photographers artworks. This particular collective group of 5ive Foot Way photographers, whom I have known some of them for a few years, Callan and Jing Wen, during street photography outings. As time goes on, chatting and catching up with them, I got to know Aik Beng at a later stage through the Instagram network and their first group exhibition. In their second group exhibition titled “Days We Met”, I got to meet Donna and Adam and was glad to have a chat with them about their wonderful photography artworks too!

The 5 of them are talented photographers in their own rights, with an eye and perspective of photography that is unique, interesting and sometimes abstract. Their photographs will definitely be able to bring you a journey through their eyes, perspectives and how they express their feelings and thoughts through them. At their second group exhibition, “Days We Met”, there will be 30 photographs, in colour, and also black and white. The photographs will share the group members’ exploration in experiencing life through own experiences and journeys.

“Days We Met” will be hosted by Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, and open to the public from 10th to 24th January 2014. Admission is free, and exhibited prints are available for sale at $150 each. You might be thinking, who are the photographers that make up 5ive Foot Way and where are they from? 5ive Foot Way is a Singapore-based photography collective consisting of 5 members:

Adam Abd Rahim — http://www.thestreetsamurai.com/

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Aik Beng Chia — http://www.aikbengchia.com/

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Callan Tham — http://www.callantham.com/

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Donna Chiu — http://donnachiu.4ormat.com/

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Tham Jing Wen — http://www.thamjingwen.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/5iveFootWay

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There is an Artists’ Talk – Behind 5ive Foot Way and “Days We Met” on Saturday 18th January 2014, 2pm-4pm at Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Filmmaking. Do drop by and visit the Days We Met photography exhibition and chat with the 5 photographers too!

The folks from 5ive Foot Way have been a great bunch of photographers whom I learned from, encouraging, willing to share and chat everything about photography. They produce their own photography books, that are an inspiration to me, not just in their works, they also shared on how to go about doing it and getting there through their own personal experiences. When the time is ready to produce my own photography book, I will know who to look for guidance and advice!

Photography is not just about photographing and capturing the moment. The elements of friendship, helping, sharing and learning together with other fellow photographers will make your photography adventure/journey so much more interesting and fun, along with encouragement and support to make you strive and excel in what you want in your photography.

 Having photography friends and groups such as 5ive Foot Way, I am sure you will enjoy and appreciate photography even better!


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National Geographic Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Canon

National Geographic is celebrating their 125th Anniversary. In celebration of their 125th Anniversary, National Geographic Channel and Canon are working closely together on initiatives in the month of November to bring to life some of National Geographic Channel most exceptional content collected over the years. I went down to Vivo City on the 1st November 2013 and visited National Geographic 125th Anniversary Photo Exhibition in the evening and I had a fun time admiring the great works and collection of National Geographic over the years.

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Award winning photographer, Cory Richards, was in Singapore to open the exhibition, said, “Photographing for National Geographic is truly a phenomenal experience. It is a challenge every day, but a challenge I embrace wholeheartedly. It’s an honour to be featured in this exhibition and I am grateful for the support from both National Geographic and Canon in my explorations.”

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Here’s a quick snapshot of National Geographic 125th Anniversary Photo Exhibition details

1-3 November 2013
A Photo exhibition will be held in conjunction with Canon at VivoCity.
  • Photos from National Geographic’s rich archive, consisting of pictures taken by renowned photographers such as Thomas Abercrombie, Michael Nichols, Steve Winter, Tim Laman, Cory Richards
  • Best shots from the EOS Young Photographer Awards held earlier this year
3 & 10 November 2013
National Geographic Channel will be airing two one-hour specials commissioned by Canon during the EOS Amazing Photo Hour.
  • 125th Photos that Amaze Us – follows some of the most brilliant photojournalists who risk almost everything to discover the world for us
  • The Killer Shot: Lost Eden with Tim Laman – National Geographic’s most famous photographer, embark on a journey to the frontier of the Pacific – Australia’s Cape York Peninsula and the adjacent areas of Southern New Guinea across the Torres Strait.

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The photo exhibition is definitely worth visiting, especially if you are National Geographic fan and an enthusiast photographer. The photos and stories by National Geographic over her history of 125 years definitely impacted millions of people around the world and still continuing today. My photography style is largely influenced by National Geographic when I first started learning about photography and reading the great works by the National Geographic photojournalists.

It’s the weekend and do make a trip down to Vivo City and visit National Geographic 125th Anniversary Photo Exhibition!

* Information Courtesy of National Geographic Channel, Canon Singapore, Ogilvy Public Relations and Full Circle PR *

Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition

At Gardens By The Bay, the City in a Garden, located in the heart of the Marina Bay region, it has been gaining prominence and publicity, with many visitors, both local and international, coming down to visit Gardens By The Bay. The visitors were able o enjoy the greenery and sceneries, a park/garden to rest and relax away from the city life. Over a short period of 1 year since her official opening on 28th June 2012, Gardens By The Bay is developing into park/garden that attracts wildlife to the area. In my recent adventure to explore and photograph the birds that can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay, I was amazed of the diversity and number of bird species spotted at Gardens By The Bay! My bird photography adventure will still continue with the migration season coming soon and we can expect to spot more migration birds en-route to different continents and stopping over in Singapore at various locations.

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Have you ever wondered what kind of wildlife can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay? There is a bio-diversity of many different birds, butterflies and dragonflies that can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay! The Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition that is currently ongoing at The Colonnade at Gardens By The Bay (where the SuperTrees Grove is located) and visitors can have a greater understanding and knowledge of the diversity of the various birds, butterflies and dragonflies that can be discovered at Gardens By The Bay that were captured by a group of nature photographers. You will be amazed by the bio-diversity present at Gardens By The Bay and if you loved bird photography or macro photography, bring your camera gear out and head towards Gardens By The Bay!

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I submitted a few bird photographs taken at Gardens By The Bay and two of my photographs were selected for the Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition! This was indeed a great honour and achievement for my photography portfolio! My fourth time (at this point in time) that my photographs were selected for photography exhibitions and my second time (at this point in time) that I contributed to a photography exhibition at Gardens By The Bay (my first time was for Gardens By The Bay Official Opening titled “Where Wonder Blooms”). Here’s my photography collection on Gardens By The Bay and the birds at Gardens By The Bay!

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When you are visiting Gardens By The Bay, do drop by the Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition and spot my two photographs that were showcased!

Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition Information

Location: The Colonnade (Map Link)

Admission: Free

Dates: 1st August 2013 to 31st October 2013

Do check out Gardens By The Bay website for their Calendar of Events for more upcoming exciting activities and events!

Bought and Sold: Voices of human trafficking

In an earlier introductory post of a photography exhibition on my personal blog, Bought and Sold : Voices of human trafficking. I shared with my readers on the topic of slavery and human trafficking. They are an example of something that we human beings thought/assumed that it has improved yet it is still a big issue in the modern society today. “Bought & Sold” is a powerful photographic art exhibition on human trafficking by award winning photographer Kay Chernush. It is organised by Singapore-based anti-trafficking organisation EmancipAsia, together with ArtWorks for Freedom Singapore, to raise awareness of forced labour and sexual exploitation in Asia Pacific.

Are there still people in slavery today around the world ? Based on the research and statistics here on theEmancipAsia website, there are an estimated 27 million people in slavery today around the world. Can you do something? Yes, you can play a part to help by spreading the awareness of slavery and human trafficking that is still lingering in our world today, EmancipAsia’s link on “What Can You Do” will certainly be useful.

Here are the details of the photography exhibition –

Date: 13th July – 2nd September 2012
Venue: Walkway in front of Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Road
Cost: Free

Date: 3rd – 21st September 2012
Venue: Main Library and U-Town, National University of Singapore
Cost: Free

I decided to make a trip down to the photography exhibition myself, to visit and have a feel of the topics and issues raised with the topic of slavery and human trafficking. At the walkway in front of Mandarin Gallery at Orchard Road, there were many artworks on display, quite a number were more abstract artwork / painting as compared to a photograph. I continued walking, viewing each artwork carefully and I found a photograph in each of them, very abstract at times. Inside each artwork photograph, tells the story beside inside the artwork photograph.

The stories complement the abstract photographic artwork, they convey strong powerful and meaningful messages to all of us, living in a safe and prosperous country, the issues of slavery and human trafficking still remains a big issue in our modern society today all around the world. I strongly encourage all of you to go down to the photography exhibition, view the artistic photographs and read the stories.

Phrases such as “The Price of Freedom” and “Somebody’s Sister Daughter Mother”, might not mean a lot to us in our safe and prosperous society, yet such phrases will mean a lot to those people being forced into slavery or human trafficking.

Thoughts & Reflections From The Unguarded Moment

When I was a little boy growing up, my dad was influential, along with my uncles and cousin, introducing me to the world of photography and I recalled “playing” with his Pentax ME Super (not really working now) and later a Nikon F401X (in our little museum), before settling down with the Canon 30D today.

I collected and read National Geographic Magazines, although I had stopped collecting them (Not that I don’t support them, just that, I don’t know how and where to store them !!). There was a photo that caught my attention when I was very young and I still remembered it till today. Yesterday, at the exhibition The Unguarded Moment, on the last day of the exhibition, held at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

I finally saw it right in front of me with my very own eyes, a world class masterpiece that captured many hearts worldwide – The Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry. Viewing through Steve McCurry’s world class photographs, it was amazing, they were so powerful and delivered many different messages across to viewers, intriguing, evoking emotions in the subjects and us viewers, introducing cultural and societal situations, perspectives and practices into our eyes, heart and soul. A true master in photography, looking through his masterpieces, a great learning journey too for me.

Steve was in Singapore recently and I didn’t grab the chance to join the local photographers sessions and meet him in person ! Hopefully, when Steve is back in Singapore again, I would be able to do so. I was very happy that I visited Steve’s The Unguarded Moment photography exhibition on its last day and returning home later, I started researching, reading, admiring and learning Steve McCurry’s sites, photography works and blog.

Steve McCurry on Magnum Photos

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Reflecting on how I can learn and improve on my photography, there was a quote abstract by Steve McCurry – “But what matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling.”

Another little step into improving my photography ………

2 months of Photography Exhibitions in Singapore

As a photography enthusiastic a.k.a fanatic, Singapore is currently holding and going to hold a series of photography exhibitions, known as Asia Exposed, from July to September 2009.

The list of exhibitions are listed below :

The Unguarded Moment by Steve McCurry
Ongoing till 19 July 2009
Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
FREE admission

The Image of Our Landscape: 19th Century Singapore through Paintings, Prints and Photographs
3 September – 29 November 2009
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Mon – Sun: 10am – 8pm
FREE

TransportASIAN
Ongoing till 11 August 2009
Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Mon – Sun: 10am – 7pm, Fri: 10am – 9pm
Fees: Adult – $8, Concession (Student/NSF/Seniors 60 years and above) – $4
FREE admission from 12 – 2pm on weekdays (excluding public holidays) and 6 – 9pm on Fridays

From The Picture Press: The SPH Photographs Collection 1950 – 1965
Ongoing till 30 November 2009
National Archives of Singapore
1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5.30pm, Sat: 9am – 1.30pm
FREE admission

Altar: A Photographic Narrative by Samit Das
9 July – 31 August 2009
Indigo Blue Art
33 Neil Road, Singapore 088820
Tue – Sat: 11am – 6pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays
FREE admission

Source : National Heritage Board

Looking forward to experience, feel, learn and inspired by world class photographers, through their lenses and capturing Asia’s best moments and memories.