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