Today’s photoessay has no theme beyond the observation of life as a flaneur in Singapore; in this case during in-between time from a teaching assignment a couple of months ago. You’ll notice this set of images is broken up into two distinct styles; the first series is more along the lines of what I do now – humans in environment; life in context; ‘people in sauce’. It is visually flatter, a little more structured, painterly, and perhaps almost aperspective in some ways. I like to think of the presentation as something akin to a more dynamic version of the traditional still life. The second set is unashamedly cinematic.
Curiously, though I do a reasonable amount of work for clients in this style, and it’s one of the most popular things I teach, I personally have been moving away from it for some time; perhaps partially out of saturation/ boredom, or more likely because of personal aesthetic and artistic preferences. I am also gravitating towards scenes with stronger geometry or more context for a more complete story or the ability to convey a more complex idea or philosophical question; it’s actually difficult to do this in a single cinematic frame because it’s very difficult to create one with all of the elements in the frame, rather than the feeling of the elements. The cinematic style, to me, works best in a series or sequence of images, not so much as standalones. An additional part of the reason for me moving away from cinematic is probably because I’m being increasingly strict on curation; standalones are preferable from a variety standpoint and also printed presentation. Nevertheless, I believe these sets actually work quite well together for precisely this reason; there is a contrast in presentation style, but the quality of light and color tends to link them together. Enjoy! MT
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