Since I am interested in the culture of Demonstration and Protest, i decided to do a story on the ongoing demonstration, "Occupy London". Do check out the articles below.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
As mentioned in my previous post, I'm often intrigue by the motivation behind all these demonstration and protest. Such mass movement seem to be very much part of life on this side of the world. So in-conjunction with my environmental portraiture assignment, i've decided to get in touch with some of the activists and demonstrators.
Maria Gallastegui, 53, an activist with (Peacestrike.org). Amazingly, she has been camping outside the House of Parliament since 2006. She is against the British government decision in going to war. She believes in peace and hope to get the government to listen and respect the people will.
Anas EL-Khani, 35, born in Syria, has been living in London most of his life. An activist with the (British Solidarity for Syria) movement. Demonstrating to raise awareness to the current situation in Syria. Hope the International Communities will increase pressure on the Syrian regime.
Mojahed, 32, Syrian, has been in the UK for 3 years. Demonstrating with his young son, to show solidarity with his fellow countrymen in Syria. He is very upset to see Syrian suffering and hope the British Government will do more to prevent further atrocity.
Very often, demonstration only work in number. The bigger the masses the larger the response, however, do not undermine the individual behind the facade. By putting a face and a little human touch, i hope to unveil the many stories that are often more powerful than the forces of number. This will be an on-going project...
Monday, February 13, 2012
Tuck away in the relatively peaceful sanctuary of Singapore, the conflict and unrest that is happening around the world are often irrelevant. Glimpse of images & reports from the news are the only reminder we had. All these seem so distanced while we continue in our relentless pursue for the seemingly, unimportant, financial struggle of a city dweller.
On Feb 11, I had the opportunity to document a demonstration organized by Amnesty London in Trafalgar Square. It was a peaceful demonstration in support of those protesting against repression throughout the Middle East & North Africa. The determination of the people were evident. Not surprisingly, majority of the demonstrators were Syrians, many of whom were directly affected by the ongoing conflicts.
Such demonstrations are often perceived collectively in the mainstream media. The focus is often on the obvious agenda. Coming from a place where protest and demonstration are rarely heard of, I am interested in getting to know more about the individuals that participated in such events and the stories behind them. Such mass movement could only be made possible when individuals decided that they had enough and wanted change. These stories are often powerful and cannot be undermined.
A symbolic attempt to burn the Russian Flag by the demonstrators.
(Photographs taken with Canon 5D Mk2)
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The lens restriction that we had previously were removed and we were given the freehand to fully express ourselves in this portraiture assignment, which also meant i could finally work with colors. The challenges then is about the approach in getting up-close and personal with a person you barely know. You will need to take control of the situation, giving your subject the artistic direction and hopefully you get a shot that truly reflect his/her personality. To sum it up, this assignment will definitely put your technical knowledge and interpersonal skill to test.
Together with 2 other photographers, Valentina & Diogo, we decided to head out to the street of London looking for people with distinct features and personalities. It requires a great deal of confident to approach a stranger and asking for 20 mins of their time to do a portrait. In such freezing weather, i was expecting lots of rejection but surprisingly, the 3 persons that i've approached were kind enough to say yes. I had a great time shooting these lovely individuals with different personality and background. It's amazing how someone who you barely know could so warmly welcome you into the 20 mins of their lives. These are the images selected for the critique session and i am so glad that i have made the right decision this time round.
Meet Rezza, an extremely talented street dancer, from Ghana. You can check out his performances along South Bank.
Robin, a fellow photography enthusiast who owns a beautiful Leica M6.
Glenn, a really warm and charismatic gentlemen from London that i couldn't give a miss.
(Photographs taken with Canon 5D Mk2)
One of the many good things about doing an assignment with a fellow photographer is that you could also have your picture taken while you are hard at work. :)
(Photograph taken by Brazilian Photojournalist, Diogo)
With a bit of time on hand, 3 of us decided to visit the National Portrait Gallery to look for "inspiration". And look what the lovely, Valentina, got for both of us.
(Photograph taken with iPhone 4S)
There are so much we could learn from each other while working in a group, and most importantly, the companies really make this whole assignment so much more enjoyable. :) I will definitely be looking forward to more of such session. :)
Up next, Environmental Portraiture. Do stay tune for more!!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Last week assignment was about Human Relationship. We were given the task to capture a single image that expressed the emotion between 2 persons with the same lens and control restriction. I had a tough time getting contacts and finding a suitable subject for this assignment. So i thought, "why not start from the street, it shouldn't be that difficult looking for love on the street of London?!" Well, I am so wrong. It took me 3 days of endless walking looking for couples expressing their love in public. I had a few shots of couples holding hands and that is it, there is really nothing much going on.
After hours of walking in the freezing weather on the last day, I began to head back toward Waterloo station thinking i will have nothing for the upcoming critic session. Then out of the blue, a couple appeared right in front of me, oblivious to the rest of the world, their expression were priceless. Then, i knew i got the shot.
Compared to the rest of my group, i've done pretty badly this time round. I should have been more resourceful in the search for my subject rather than looking randomly on the street. After all, this is the kind of assignment set out to test our resourcefulness. Well, another good lesson learnt for me.
This week is on Portraiture.. Stay tune!! :)
(Photograph taken with Canon 5D)