Menu Contact

Life Behind the Lens

13 December 2015

Engage with the artist Loke Hong Seng, fine art photographer capturing street scenes from the 1970s in Singapore, as he talks about capturing the moment and composing a photograph, as well as providing insight into his intentions and motivations in making artwork at a time when there was no market for fine art photography. This is a lecture on the history of Singapore through Photography & Artist Advice on Techniques of How to “Make” and not just “Take” a photograph.

The artist will talk about techniques:

1. Composition: These particular photographs by Loke Hong Seng were composed carefully, waiting for days, weeks and months for the perfect light, the right people to frame a particular shot in order to express his artistic vision for a narrative. His drawings “are as much as an interpretation of the world as paintings and drawings are”. Susan Sontag in her book “On Photography” states in her essay “In Plato’s cave” that “Even when photographs are most concerned with mirroring reality, they are still haunted by tacit imperatives of taste and conscience”.

2. Medium: The difference in taking a photograph with film (and its consideration to not “waste” every shot as film was an expensive process. As opposed to digital where the selection process takes precedence. How the different media/ different cameras contribute to different ways of thinking about practice.

3. Prolific: The artist talks about his ritualistic addiction to the “Click” sound and how he needed to shoot one roll of film each month. He reveals what he does now to manage this need.

4. Subject: How compassion and empathy for the subject matter affects the product that is taken.

5. Themes: How the artist worked according to themes in order to organize his practice as well as to make sure he was covering all the bases for recording according to his narrative.

The talk will be moderated by Zhuang Wubin. 

This is suitable for artists and also those looking for art appreciation through photography. This session is free of charge, registration required:

Light refreshments and a small selection of cakes and pastries will be available for purchase.

13 December, 4:30pm