Ivan Kuek (Instagram Singapore)


To all iPho­neog­ra­phy lovers, here’s anoth­er treat. Today, we have our Spot­light on Ivan Kuek, the man behind Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore (@sgig on Insta­gram). To those unfa­mil­iar with it, Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore is a local com­mu­ni­ty made up of Sin­ga­pore­an Insta­gram­mers who have come togeth­er to spread and share their love of pho­tog­ra­phy through the eyes of an iPhone.

Hi Ivan, how long have you been into iPho­neog­ra­phy?
I have been doing it since Decem­ber 2009 when I got my iPhone and it has been an excit­ing jour­ney. My iPhone pho­tos have been fea­tured in the fol­low­ing:
• Archi­tec­ture — MMS Gallery in Philadel­phia (Feb 2011)
• iPhon­eArtist of the day — iPhon­eArt (Oct 2010)
• iPho­neo­g­ra­ph­er of the Day — iPho­neogenic (Aug 2010)
• Any­thing Goes — MMS Gallery in Philadel­phia (July 2010)
• On the Go: Trav­el cell­phone pho­to of the day — USA Today (June 2010)
• A Visu­al Feast — World Gourmet Sum­mit 2010 (April 2010)

Dances with Birds


Yellow Cab

Cat on the Throne

When and how did you start doing Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore?
I start­ed Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore on Face­book some­time in Jan 2011. Insta­gram does not have a pri­vate mes­sag­ing option and we have fol­low­ers from all over the world. I thought it would be a good idea to gath­er fel­low Sin­ga­pore­an for pho­towalks and mee­tups to chat and exchange ideas. And that is how Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore came about!

How long did it take before you had a reg­u­lar fol­low­ing?
I don’t remem­ber how long it took but the com­mu­ni­ty has been grow­ing for the last 4 months. We have about more than 300 mem­bers but I’m sure there are a lot more Insta­gram­mers in Sin­ga­pore. In Sin­ga­pore, Insta­gram has picked up the most inter­est com­pared to any oth­er city around the world (http://www.nuwomb.com/instagram-search/)!

How often do you have Insta­gram mee­tups and what is the usu­al atten­dance like?
We orga­nize a month­ly meet­up called InstaMeet where we have about 15–20 Insta­gram­mers. Dur­ing the last InstaMeet where we did a pho­towalk at Chi­na­town, more than 40 Insta­gram­mers turned up! They come from diverse back­ground which range from stu­dents to accoun­tants, civ­il ser­vants, house­wives, design­ers and even pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers.

What do you hope to achieve, or any future plans for SGIG?
Insta­gram is about shar­ing pho­tos and mak­ing friends around the world! We have cre­at­ed a hash­tag, #sgig, that is one of the Top 10 tags on Insta­gram with more than 40,000 pho­tos tagged. It is inter­est­ing that pho­tos from Sin­ga­pore are being seen by peo­ple all around the world and we hope to give them a glimpse of the peo­ple, the cul­ture and scenery from Sin­ga­pore. We are in the midst of organ­is­ing an exhi­bi­tion so do join us on Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore and look out for more infor­ma­tion.

What apps do you use with­in the iPhone for your pho­tos?
I am con­stant­ly look­ing out for new apps and will post them on Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore to share with every­one. My favourite apps change from time to time, but my 3 most com­mon­ly used apps are Iris, Pic­tureShow and Blur­Fx.

It doesn’t mat­ter who you are, young or old, male or female; we hope to see you on Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore as you share a glimpse of your life through your pho­tos!”

Silver Lining

Dad & Bride

Anchored to the sky

Marina Bay Sands

"Excuse me, there's a tulip on my coffee!"

Climbing up the stairs

Check out more of Ivan’s pic­tures on his flickr page.
Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore can also be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

News­flash: Look out for our Redis­cov­er­SG Insta­gram Sin­ga­pore Chal­lenge tomor­row. You could win a Gakken­flex DIY 35mm TLR cam­era!


  • Eevon

    June 7, 2011

    ah now i know what’s #sgig! Pity insta­gram is not avail­able for andri­od phones… i switched over a month ago… Dear instra­gram… pls have an andri­od ver­sion pls!

  • instagram

    February 11, 2012

    Hi there, sim­ply turned into alert to your weblog via Google, and locat­ed that it is real­ly infor­ma­tive. I am gonna watch out for brus­sels. I will appre­ci­ate in the event you con­tin­ue this in future. Numer­ous oth­er peo­ple might be ben­e­fit­ed out of your writ­ing. Cheers!

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