Tale of a country

Posted by Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 29 August 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

You see a paratrooper; a paratrooper alone and helpless. You also see a country; a country alone and helpless, but has grown so much and stands out so well despite so many difficulties along the journey. Singapore was born with nothing - no resources, not even with the blessing of space. Yet she has stepped over so many problems which still plague some nations today in the 21st century. Singapore must continue to put her best foot forward to bring her to a new era.

This is a Singaporean commando, proud and strong, before the eyes of his country folk during her birthday. Happy birthday Singapore!

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