In the winter of 2016, sitting around the dinning table(my favourite spot to get work done) in Long Island, an idea of doing a photo shoot involving hot air balloon was being discussed and conceptualised right after I just completed shooting a collection of hats. Few months down the road in September we flew back to New York, we found our pilot and the balloon in New Jersey. We got everything materialised, after a couple of hours on the road, and the rest was history.
A collection of hats was conceptualised and shot against a plain background almost catalog-like but with a twist. The mood is dramatised by high lighting ratio to showcase the attitude instead of typical flat catalog even lighting. To complete the whole visual stimulation, smoke was carefully blew out by the model and the cracks on the body were later added in post editing.
Tell-tale Lines, a personal project created in late 2015. It’s a tribute to the untold hard work, from stay-home mothers to nurses, from cleaners to clerks, and especially the pioneers of Singapore whose perseverance and resilient have inspired me to become who I’m today. The exhibition was first launched at The Substation on 16th March and ended on 28th March 2016.
The collection of Tell-tale Lines has caught the attention of German Centre and they will be hosting the exhibition this month.
Date: 26th May till late July 2016
Venue: German Centre, 25 International Business Park, 3rd Floor, Singapore 60991
The street photography exhibition of Design District Singapore has been roving since November in 2015. Started at the Red Dot Traffic Building when it was first launched, then showcased at Singaplural 2016, then hosted by Chinatown in Pagoda Street, now it is hosted by URA at Singapore City Gallery(next to Maxwell Food Center), 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118.
The exhibition will be on from now till 29th May 2016. For enquiries regarding the exhibition, please contact email@example.com
Ha Giang, the final frontier in North Vietnam. 291km from Hanoi, it is the northernmost point of the country. Its land is filled with mountains and forests. It shares a border with the southern China’s province Yunnan which stretch 270km long from east to west. With a population estimated about 705,000, Ha Giang belongs to various ethnic minorities, such as Kinh, H’mong, Tay, Dao, Nung and Lo Lo. There are also two very rare ethnic groups, Pupeo and Phula, with population of less than 400 each. According to my guide occasionally girls from Ha Giang were kidnapped by the Chinese across the border and never be found.
Ha Giang’s main economic activity has been revolved around agriculture and forestry, but in recent years infrastructure has been improved in attempts to establish a manufacturing industry.
Despite being one of the poorest provinces of Vietnam, there was not once I was asked for money after I had photographed someone, unlike some other places I have visited. The people of Ha Giang are extremely friendly and welcoming but shy, due to the lack of encounter with the outsider.
The first run of my solo exhibition “Tell-tale Line” in March has finally ended. The success of the two weeks show at The Substation would not have been made possible without everyone who made it to the show. I would like to thank all the guests, friends, and my family members for the great supports you have given to me. The exhibition will be touring soon in the National Libraries and German Center, the dates are still pending.
More informations will be coming soon. Follow me on Facebook at alanlimstudio for updates.
When photographer Alan Lim was growing up in the 1970s and 80s, one scene entrenched itself firmly in his mind – that of people working hard. Whether it was workers laboriously grinding out tofu with a traditional stone wheel at his grandparent’s shophouse in Waterloo Street, or his father starting his day at 1am lifting and butchering meat in a Toa Payoh wet market, the ordinary person in post-independence Singapore was always hard at work.
This tireless ethic formed the backbone of Singapore’s miraculous ascent to affluence today. While the contributions of politicians and business leaders are well-documented and celebrated, success would not have been possible if not for the legions of everyman workers who toiled behind the scenes. Their stories were never recorded on paper. The only tell-tale signs now are etched on their weathered faces and hands.
“Tell-tale Lines” is a series of black-and-white photos that shines light on the wrinkled faces and hands of Singapore’s pioneers. The style is stark, personal, honest – allowing the subjects to tell their stories in the simplest of ways.
Venue: The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
As we celebrate our local heroes in Singapore 50 years of independence, it’s also time to put the spotlight on other unsung contributors who have shaped our nation. 50 foreigners have been chosen to be featured in a book titled Not Born in Singapore. They may have come from other shores, but these 50 foreigners have left their mark in building Singapore into the nation we know it to be today.Not Born in Singapore is my third book project this year. It was commissioned by Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and written by Tng Ying Hui. Out of the 50 personalities, only 21 of them were available to have their portrait taken, the rest of the photos in the book were either provided by them or from libraries.
Portrait of Singapore Violinist Siow Lee Chin whom I was very honoured to conceptualize and photograph for her book, titled From Clemeti to Carnegie which was out early this month.
Congrats Lee Chin!
As a People and Portrait Photographer for almost 20 years I have photographed many people from all walks of life. And during my 12 years career as a staff photographer in The Straits Times, I was lucky enough to have photographed some of the world most iconic figures, such as leaders like Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush, Lee Hsien Loong and many more.
But above all, there was one who I felt extremely privileged to have photographed, not once but numerous occasions. He was the founding father of the modern Singapore, the visionary who was responsible to turn the once a swampy island into today world class city-state, with precious decision. He was no other than the man himself, Lee Kuan Yew, the extraordinary.