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My Week in Photos: 2016-09

For the week, 29 February – 6 March

I’ve been trying to get out of the project’s rut by enforcing some added discipline, but it may not be enough because I’m being confronted with the lack of inspiration. However, one thing that did surface from this last week has been location plays a part in the creative process. Perhaps I’ve been looking in the wrong places (ie. Not moving out of my comfort zone), and so this week I made a concerted effort to go to a place that I’d been noticing around my neighbourhood, and taking photos in this new place was both refreshing and invigorating.

Notes from this series

  • The primary location was this open space opposite where I live. Close by is a port, and the location where I took the photos was only recently developed, and so there was a lot of empty space. I took it on a Sunday morning at 730am, so there really wasn’t anyone around as well.
  • I really enjoy the desolation and quiet. I made a conscious effort to try the iPhone’s faux paronamic stitching tool, and while it’s not perfect, it’ll suffice.
  • I wish I took a better picture of that chair. It’ll be appearing in a friend’s music video some time in April or May.

As always, the project is being archived here.

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My Week in Photos: 2016-08

For the week, 22 – 28 February

This week, I went to the Esplanade to watch Nick play a set with Jaime Wong. It was a rather intimate set with very minimal instrumentation, and it was nice to see a decent turnout for the gig. Nick’s a close friend of mine, and I wish him every success in his craft and endeavours.

I also went to check out the Open Farm Community Social Market over the weekend. It was nice but… it just felt a bit off centre also. I mean, I have tremendous respect for the people who were there to sell the produce, but maybe it still hasn’t sunk in that Singapore is a place where we’re known for domestic produce or products. To that end, it is encouraging that something is happening in Singapore, and I hope to see more homegrown creativity and entrepreneurship being celebrated.

Notes from this series
– Not a very inspired week.
– My favourite photo would be the top-down shot from over the balcony that frames some cafe tables and chairs as well. Composition-wise, I’m happy with the variety of shapes in the photograph.

As always, the project is being archived here

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My Week in Photos: 2016-07

I’m trying to get back into a routine to find some sort of bearing for my life again. Sitting at home and playing computer games for the majority of daylight isn’t a very healthy psychological disposition. Unfortunately I haven’t really found that spark yet. Don’t infer too much meaning from this post as I am posting it about four days late, and I wish I could give a better recount of the photos I took.

Notes about this series

  • I’m highlighting the first photo, because I remember walking my partner to the train station in the morning, and decided to have a moment to myself at a canal near my home. From across me, I remember the morning light as being very cooling, and calming. I don’t want to live a life where I’m rushing to every errand, and forget the serenity of mornings.
  • I quite like the pictures I took from inside the car when we were under a highway.
  • Sometimes the moon is the only thing you see at night. It was somewhat close to us when I took the last picture.

As always, the project is archived here.

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My Week in Photos: 2016-06

For the week, 8 – 14 February 2016

One more week has passed. I haven’t been making any headway with the job hunt because it was the Chinese New Year on Monday and Tuesday. Most people have been away since last Friday and some are extending till the Wednesday. I’m just taking it as a sort of semi-excuse to enjoy some time off, and not think too much about the future. Unfortunately, the unhealthy byproduct is that I’m not thinking too much about anything either, and this is the second week that the mwip project has suffered.

I do feel pretty good that I’ve finally caught up with the publishing backlog though.

As always, the entire project is being archived here.

Notes from this series

  • This post is dated 14 February 2016, but was actually published on 17 February 2016.
  • Nothing really struck me this week. I’m really doing this out of duty, and it looks and feels painfully uninspiring.

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My Week in Photos: 2016-05

This has been the first week of unemployment. I’m still not motivated to take photos or leave the house unless I need to.

As always, the entire project is being archived here.

Notes from this series

  • For all the talk about not being inspired, there was an amazing sunset happening outside my apartment. It looked like a spiral of fire had descended upon us. I’m still not too sure how I’m supposed to take monochrome pictures of such visually stunning events, but I’d like to figure that out.

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My Week in Photos: 2016-04

This last week has been a rough one. I got retrenched on Thursday and although I saw something coming a week ago, you still have to learn to let go when it happens.

As usual, the entire project is being archived here.

Notes from this series

  • I tried to be aware of my surroundings when taking photographs, and the paths that I’m used to walking have taken a different hue in my mind’s eye.
  • My favourite photo from this series is the vertical shot of the air conditioning ducts with the steps leading up to the door. The 3pm sun casted some really nice shadows on the wall. I also enjoy how level the shot is.
  • While this post is dated 31 January 2016, it was actually posted on 17 February 2016. I’ve been dealing with a lot of unmotivation and can’t seem to jumpstart myself.

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My Week in Photos: 2016-01

Well, the very first week of 2016 is over, and there are 51 more weeks of this project to go.

I don’t really know why I’m approaching this as a countdown, but one of the useful byproducts is that I get to keep track of where exactly in the year I am, and how much time we have left for the year, before the cycle starts again. Kinda like how for some of us, when it’s Friday, we’re already thinking of Monday, and the dread that follows it.

One of the challenges of this project is taking time to either take photos, or compile them into a post. As such, quite a few photos from last week involved shadows, because whilst I’m at work, I do leave the office at different times and notice different things.

I usually hang out near some corners, so you do get some interesting shapes at different times of the day, and I am starting to get a bit of a handle on the sharpness of the shadows based on the time of the day.

I’m not too sure what I’ll be exploring for Week 02, but pray that I find something.

_The whole collection can be found here

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My Week in Photos: 2015-52

The last week of 2015 was a cool one, weather wise. The end of of the year is usually colder in Singapore as the monsoon season kicks into high gear. I was indoors most times, either at work, or while having a break at home with my video games. However, the times I found myself outside of work or home settings, were usually at places of food and the company of my partner, who has been encouraging me with taking these photos, and giving her own inputs as well.

Despite the lack of external stimuli, the week has been an exercise in composition, and I find myself gravitating toward empty space. I’m not too sure how that plays into my attempts at photography, but perhaps I wanted to evoke a sense of barreness due to the colder temperatures.

The only one I wished I could have improved on much more, is the shot of the sea cucumbers on a bed of ice. The textures were foreign to the usual urbanscapes I’m familiar with, yet, I don’t think I did it much justice.

You can see the entire collection-in-progress here.

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