Cityscape (Chongqing, Sichuan Province, China)

Posted by Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 26 June 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Chongqing is famously known in China as the "Mountain City". A few days ago I finally got to see the myth for myself- and true enough, its roads were full of slopes and hills. No wonder, that must surely be why there are so few cyclists and so difficult to get a cab. *This shot was taken at the "一棵树" observatory towe. (directly translated as "a tree observatory tower") I placed the camera on a plate of cement and set the shutter to shoot after a countdown of 2 sec- in order to ensure minimal shake for my 6-sec exposure. I had to use ISO 400 as any ISO above 400 produces a considerable amount of noise that destroys the picture.

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