China Town, Oh Chinatown.
A connection between the environment and buildings
For this project, I plan on going to Chinatown in Singapore and capture the culture of the area through the buildings and items I find. Instead of doing what I usually do which is storytelling through portraits and people, I want to start off the course by exploring something I usually don't do which happens to be architecture and landscape photos. This idea of storytelling the culture through taking photos of the literal place, architecture, and items in Chinatown is the theme for my project. I want to really show the connection of the buildings to the enviroment.
Below are my three images of inspiration for what I am really going to try and capture when I am in Chinatown.
By: Lily Banse
I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the composition and the story it gives about Singapore's Chinatown. The composition here clearly lays out the town with the middle and background displaying how Chinatown is smackdab in the middle of a huge city yet has the city surrounding it. The connection between the environment and the buildings in greatly shown here.
By: Lily Banse
I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the composition and the story it gives about Singapore's Chinatown. The colors here display how Chinatown is bursting with life and even how an older temple can still bring life and sustain life even today. I hope to emulate this in my own pictures by displaying color the same way.
By: Melvin Tan
I chose this picture as a picture of inspiration because of the composition and the story it gives about Singapore's Chinatown. The point of perspective of this picture is something that you rarely see anywhere and especially in Chinatown, it displays the great power these temples have in people's lives and how much they impact their characters.
For my next steps, I plan on using my Nikon D3400 with lenses ranging from my telephoto to my prime portrait lens in order to capture these images of the buildings. I will only be shooting in China Town exclusively and hope to go between August 23-25 in order to do most of my shooting. I want to go in the morning or mid-day in order to get photos. I will only be using the buildings and light and therefore won't need any models or props. I hope to use framing, point of perspective, leading lines, and overall use of light, shadows, contrast, and color in order to capture my photos.
Think Tank Feedback 1:
Ambika - Try to have people in your shots but keep the photos about the buildings.
Camila - Change the colors and make it very different
Digital Contact Print
I chose these four photos because of their ability to display the overall theme of my piece which is the connection of people and their buildings/environment.
For the first photo, a woman is walking in Chinatown and looks up to the rain in an almost heavenly way that displays the tranquility and almost holiness of Chinatown.
The second photo shows a woman standing in front of her sop in a way where she is backlit from her shop, showing how her shop lights her life and shows who she really is.
The third photo on the second row shows a man cooking food with hanging chickens to the right of the photo which adds great context to the photo and overall theme of Chinatown.
The final photo on the bottom row shows a man sitting in his colorful shop which is exactly what I wanted to portray, which is daily life of a Chinatown local but with beauty and color.
Think Tank Feedback 2:
Ambika - Keep the photos raw looking.
Camila - Focus on how the person connects to the environment when you are editing.