Day and night, light and dark. Our lives are governed by the diurnal rhythm set by the sun. In the following pieces I show landscapes, street photography, urbanscapes and vignettes in both day and night modes. Some scenes are better suited for day photography – like dramatic skies of a landscape, while usually the lights of the city are more suited for night photography.
Photography is usually used to ’freeze’ time, to capture a moment for remembrance. Yet every scene is subject to the flow of time, and to actually see a sun set into dusk is different than looking at an unchanging snapshot. In this series, I wish to remind the viewer that every scene in every photograph ever taken is static by showing the viewer two contrasting versions of the same scene.
At the same time I ask- what is the aesthetic of such an art form that merges both day and night?
Land and Seascapes
Pasar Malam 02, 2012. All Rights Reserved.
Pasar Malam literally means “Market Night”, or Night Market in Malay (the official language of Singapore, by the way). These series of images show the same stalls in daytime (closed and packed up) and night (open for business in full tungsten and fluorescent lighting glory).
The stalls move as a whole market from location to location, and sometimes come with a mini fun fair with kiddie rides as well. Pasar Malams have been a feature of public housing estates ever since I was a kid, and while the contents of the stalls have changed (note the ubiquity of stalls selling iPhone covers), the general atmosphere and striped blue covers for the stalls have not.
Pasar Malam 03, 2012. All Rights Reserved.
Pasar Malam 04, 2012. All Rights Reserved.
Pasar Malam 05, 2012. All Rights Reserved.