Light of Hope

Posted by Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 22 June 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

I usually face problems while shooting under dark conditions - where I have to set the exposure such that the picture can be clear handheld (I don't use tripods!). Sometimes, I have to set the shutter speed to as high as possible to highlight a bright thing in the dark (like in this picture). That problem was not observed in the process of taking this picture, though.

*negative space has worked to my advantage in this picture, I guess.

I am Ziren Wang, a student from Raffles Institution, Singapore. I picked up a camera in January 2009 in my school's photographic society, and I have never looked back. Years later, I have explored various different forms of photography, from event coverage, to fashion, to documentary, to photography using DIY lenses, and most recently, to film.

I must thank my seniors who have been so instrumental in developing in me a passion for this art. It has been said that there are two kinds of teachers: one gives the man the fish; the other teaches the man to fish. I believe my seniors are of a third kind: they have made me want to fish. They have imparted me with important technical skills, but they have also inspired me to continue photographing for six years.

"To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt." -Susan Sontag