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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: 2016-03

Week 3 of the MWIP project has been rather challenging in terms of making the effort to take a daily photograph. While not a requirement of the project (I’m supposed to present my favourite photos from the week), I did form a tinge of guilt for not keeping up with a daily discipline.

What was fun though, was being able to take some macro shots with the Magniband, a strap with a macro lens that you can easily attach to your smartphone. Link

You can see this in action in 3 of the photos. I don’t think I need to say which. I took those in low light from a singular light source, and was just messing about with the subjects in my room. It’s really interesting when you have a new tool that lets you change your perspective.

Notes from this series

  • Rain always produces puddles of water which are great for catching reflections. My personal favourites are the ones where I caught the building’s reflection in the manhole cover, and the one where you can see the refletion of two girls sitting on a bench. The stains on the floor were also an excellent foreground for the frame. It’s sort of like a dirty dream.
  • Patterns. Not really a fan of how I captured the shot with the installation made from lights. But, the idea was there. Through my eyes, it was calming to see all the lights in a row, in a repeated system. Unfortunately, I didn’t achieve that through the perspective of my lens. Limitations of the photographer and the tool I reckon.
  • Composition and shapes. The shot of the balcony that was half wet and half over-exposed also struck me as one that I really like. It’s rather neat in the way the subjects are segmented, and all through the randomness of nature. It was one photograph where I did absolutely zero post-production.
  • The photo of the clouds was the most liked photo on instagram that week, which I find surprising. Personally, I find it boring, but I suppose it was a beautiful day, and people do like to look at clouds. I’m open to that, that these presentations are a dialogue with whoeever comes across them. I just find it boring, because I wasn’t really challenged in any way while taking the photo. I do think it’s nice though.

Maybe if you see something you like, or something that strikes you, I’d like to know! Leave a comment, and maybe we can start a dialogue regarding this project.

As always, the entire project is being archived here.

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My Week in Photos: 2016-02

On the surface, routine can kill creativity, but I find that it discounts the necessary discipline needed in order to cultivate a process of creativity.

I didn’t have a routine of creativity for last week, since it was the routine of life. As such, I wasn’t taking photos during the day since I was pretty much going to the same locations, communting to and from work. However, the needs of the project required me to constantly keep one eye open, for things I normally would not have seen.

What I mean is that I wasn’t constantly looking at my phone while I was on breaks, or during my commutes. It’s incredible the amount of visual information there is outside of the confines of the phone, and I think it’s a good habit to keep even if this project was no more.

Look up, look around, you’ll find your subjects for your frame.

Some notes from this series:

  • The first photo happened on a Monday night commute, as I was feeling exasperation from not being able to find a subject, and a somewhat empty train, I looked out the window as it was moving and noticed the reflection of lights and a lone person. It’s not the sharpest of photos, but I think it conveys the fleetingness of our mortal coils.
  • The photo of the empty street is unremarkable, but I was confronted by this empty street one day after work. It was disconcerting to not be around the usual bustle of the workplace’s vicinity, and I decided to take the opportunity to walk in the middle of the road to take my shot.
  • The closeup of the leaf was inspired when I saw my partner take a similar photo. I wanted something with more shadow waves, but I’m still rather pleased at how this one turned out. The one-source light really brings out the pre-existing lines of the leaf, and I think it succeeds in highlghting the things you don’t usually notice about nature that’s around us.

The whole series can be found here.

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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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Come 2016, I have decided to only upload black and white photos to my Instagram. It’s going to be really simple in execution and I will place more emphasis on the story within the frame.

My intention is to desaturate colours from Instagram’s in-app photo editing tools and leave it at that. This way, I won’t spend time fretting over how a photo to look, but just take the damn photo. Possibly tonnes of imperfections, but I want to improve my eye for photography rather than rely on post-work.

And ideally, I’ll post one post a week in the format: My week in pictures: 2016-xx for a total of 52 weeks, highlighting my favourites.

That is all.

EDIT-2015-12-28: I am using the Obscura App, Noir filter with almost no post-production work. The app lets me adjust shutter speed and ISO settings, and my goal is to concentrate on photography rather than post production work.

EDIT-2016-01-04: I realize that the series should be called, “My Week in Photos”, not “My Week in Pictures”

Announcement: “My week in pictures” will debut in 2016

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