Adrian & Sherman: People-Watchers

Street pho­tog­ra­phy in Sin­ga­pore is rapid­ly gain­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty, with sev­er­al com­mu­ni­ties sprout­ing up on Face­book. What defines street pho­tog­ra­phy? An abridged ver­sion of an attempt to explain it would look some­thing like this: peo­ple + can­did sit­u­a­tions + pub­lic places. Aik Beng Chia once men­tioned that the beau­ty of street pho­tog­ra­phy is to cap­ture the nat­ur­al essence at that point of time. Rather than be over­ly con­cerned about the tech­ni­cal­i­ties of a pho­to­graph, it is still bet­ter to first cap­ture the emo­tions.

We have been want­i­ng to fea­ture the works of cousins Adri­an and Sher­man for the longest time. It’s been such a while that I can­not even seem to remem­ber how I first came across their works, and for this I sin­cere­ly apol­o­gize. Both cousins are keen prac­ti­tion­ers of street pho­tog­ra­phy, pock­et­ing moments they steal off the streets, curat­ing the moments and allow­ing for a more com­fort­able instance of ‘peo­ple-watch­ing’.

So take a moment, and ‘peo­ple-watch’ through the eyes of Adri­an and Sher­man.


First and fore­most, please tell us a bit about your­self.
24. Sin­ga­pore­an, stu­dent, pho­tog­ra­ph­er, video­g­ra­ph­er, sports enthu­si­ast, weird, hap­py, and often harm­less.


chicken rice

How long have you been tak­ing pho­tographs?
I start­ing tak­ing pho­tog­ra­ph­er when I was eigh­teen or nine­teen years old.


Touch of an Angel

What kind of pho­tos do you pre­fer to cap­ture? What is your style in pho­tog­ra­phy?
I didn’t know the term “street pho­tog­ra­phy” exist­ed back then, but shoot­ing in the streets was some­thing I grav­i­tat­ed towards even­tu­al­ly. I guess I’m attract­ed towards the usu­al chal­lenge — cap­tur­ing that spe­cial moment. Doc­u­ment­ing those often inter­est­ing and fleet­ing moments in our every­day life. In addi­tion, I real­ly enjoy the con­fronta­tion­al aspect of it. Step­ping with­in some­one else’s com­fort zone with­out alarm­ing them. That’s my ecsta­sy.

Dare you to move

i'll shine. i promise

What inspires you?
The works of oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers such as Sher­man Seetho, Rachel May Tan, Ban­glin, Aman­da Wong, Sze Kiat, Har­ri­et Koh, Sil­ver Tan, Alve­lyn, Dan­ny San­tos, along with many oth­ers.

childhood sweetheart

Final­ly, what kind of equip­ment do you use?
Dig­i­tal: canon 5dmk2 with a 50mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8 and 17–40mm f4
Film: Canon Eos3

Adri­an doc­u­ments his pho­to­graph­ic jour­ney at Mono­chromic Per­cep­tion.



While I was major­ing in Fash­ion Design in NAFA I applied for pho­tog­ra­phy class as an elec­tive. This chance quick­ly became a career choice after I real­ized I couldn’t stop snap­ping ALL THE TIME.



I’ve been tak­ing a series of street pho­tographs and it’s been the more promi­nent genre over the past year on my visu­al diary. I have been com­pared to a voyeur because of my style of shoot­ing (from a bus, behind my friends etc.)



I would like to say it’s dif­fer­ent from how many would per­ceive it but I’m hop­ing you get my drift. I’ve always favored the taste­ful idea of being able to cap­ture ‘moments’ as I’ve always felt that peo­ple caught in their most vul­ner­a­ble and unpre­ten­tious moments are the most beau­ti­ful.



I love my life… and if life were a dish on a bowl, I would savour it slow­ly and lick it to it’s very last bits.



Sher­man doc­u­ments his pho­to­graph­ic jour­ney at SO CHILL.

Besides street pho­tog­ra­phy, both cousins also delve in dif­fer­ent gen­res of pho­tog­ra­phy.

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