About Ziren

I am Ziren Wang, a student from Raffles Institution, Singapore. I seek to contribute to the very community that introduced me to photography - my school. I frequently and delightfully use my photography skills to serve my school and my community, as a member of the photographic society.

I picked up a camera in 2009 and I remember vividly the first ever "successful" image that I took - a front-on portrait of a Rubik's cube. Since then my dedication to this art has not faltered. Through the years I've hopped from many different types of photography - architecture, fashion, food, animal, documentary... Through the years I've also seen new approaches to photography - now I have a completely different belief of what a "successful" picture is. Heck, I don't even think there will ever be a "successful" picture, nor a "successful" photographer. Andy Warhol? Henri Cartier Bresson? My deskmate with his Instagram? Every photographer has different ways of presenting photography, and I'm starting to see the beauty in imperfection, instead of complaining about them, which was what I used to do. (check out my series on The Beauty of Imperfection - it is the imperfections that make life interesting!)

I'm currently on a posting hiatus because of two reasons. The first : A-LEVELS! The dreaded A-levels that haunts every junior college student in Singapore, the dreaded A-levels that brings my whole class to the library during recess, and most dreadfully, the dreaded A-levels that expects students to accept without question, and in an almost religious fashion, the accuracy of all assertions. But nonetheless, I've spent time doing another form of photography!

The second reason is film. You might recall some of my previous images were taken with a DIY lens. I have taken a further step back into the basics of photography! In fact, I have become obsessed with the basics of photography - with developing images from the negative, in a decrepit school darkroom which no-one has ever used for a few years already. The process of diluting the developer solutions (the legendary D-76 solution!), of shaking the film canister to develop, of ensuring that the timings are looked after, of watching the blurred image slowly get sharper and sharper, of putting the negative on the ancient enlarger, of letting the image settle on the photographic paper, of working in the darkroom all by myself, of enjoying the deeper thought process as I take pictures using the film camera, of wiping the negatives clean of chemicals, of trying to retrieve the film roll out of the canister without a canister opener, of accidentally getting the temperature wrong and over-exposing all my images to a beautiful effect, of deliberately allowing for light leaks to let some creativity leak in by itself, of................................ Perhaps the most alluring aspect of film photography would its malleability. Nothing is set in stone, if I tweak this, if I adjust that, a completely different result appears. I love how imperfect film is.

Interestingly, I started all this in the middle of A-levels preparation. Looks like exams made me do things I never thought I would do. After the A-levels, I will make it a point to digitize them and put them up here for you!

Okay, enough rambling - it's getting late. I don't know when I'll be updating this page again. By the time you read this some information may be outdated. In any case, I've tried to share with you a bit of what I'm thinking as I work through my Chemistry mock exam paper.

Contact details:

Email: ziiiren [AT] yahoo [DOT] com

Facebook page: "Ziren's Photography"

Photography Equipment

Canon 550D (for digital)
with 17-85mm F4-5.6, and 135mm F2.8

Canon 300V (for film)
with Kodak Tri-X ISO 400