I am fortunate to be able to have the guidance of Mr Joel Yuen, a multidisciplinary photographer based in Singapore, as I work on my project on imperfection. After several years of my school life dabbling with the camera I recently realized that I never really thought about the meaning behind image-making. Photography to me had always been the click of the shuter - the capturing of but a fleeting moment. But after some reflection, that may be limiting the power of what I can achieve with photography, because photography has been, after all, a powerful medium for the communication of messages. And for so long I just focused on the aesthetic beauty of photography rather than the message. I hope that I can complete this final photography project before I leave our school's photographic society.
I took this picture some time back. I thought the sunset was absolutely gorgeous - I had to take home a good picture from the opportunity. So I snapped, snapped and snapped. Imagine my disappointment when the purity of the photo turned out to be contaminated by that very unappealing lens flare right beside the subject. Much to my dismay, that speck of dirt just had to appear there on my lens. Without much hesitation I consigned the image to the lonely corners of my hard disk. But then as I was revisiting some old photos for Mr Yuen today, I saw it a second time - and having embarked on my project on imperfection, I saw this photo from a different eye. Who said that the perfect image must be pure and clean? A speck of dirt can actually look pretty cool.
(this is such a contrast to my previous photo, reflect on right, which seemed to applaud the minimalist approach to pristine purity in photography)
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.