Trail Closed

Posted by Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 11 December 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I went on a mountain biking 'expedition' with another friend of mine at Pulau Ubin, one of Singapore's offshore islands, rich in biodiversity of all sorts. From Ubin Town to Chek Jawa to Noordin Beach we've blazed through countless mud trails (we specifically chose the path in worse condition when we had a choice) in which we didn't even know where we'll be at the end of the trail. This was one of the numerous trails that were 'closed' for some reason or another. Perhaps a tree got struck by lightning and fell - hence obstructing the path? Or maybe some other reason.

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