Permanent Resident by Nadia Ongkowidjaja

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Nadia Ongkowidjaja just knew that she wanted to work in a creative field, and once she entered NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media, she narrowed it down to Photography and Digital Imaging. “I decided to follow my passion. I grew to love photography and I enjoy capturing the essence of people and places in my stills.”

“Permanent Resident examines Nadia’s “perplexed life”. “I consider myself to be perplexed, as my roots are unknown to me and I am consequently unsure of who I am,” explains the photographer. “My citizenship and place of residence were decided by the previous generation and hence I have never lived in nor know my native country. I therefore reside in a land that I consider home and yet do not fully belong. Thus, my understanding of how I came to be is minimal, and standing in society, fairly questionable.”

Close Enough by Charmaine Poh

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Charmaine Poh has unveiled her latest work, a story about the rights of LGBT people through the use of Cambodian wedding rituals. The images were taken during the Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, and have been showcased on the Invisible Photographer Asia platform.

“A wedding is often a mark of this approval; it is considered an ideal to reach for. Yet love does not fit neatly into boxes, and one does not always find it. Unceasingly, we try to grasp a thing we cannot name. Through the use of Khmer wedding rituals, I illustrate stories of those who, in society’s eyes, can only look to possessing this from afar.”

Hungry? by Juliana Tan

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Food styling by Kat Wong.

Juliana Tan gives her overseas friends a taster of Singapore delights in her latest photo project, Hungry?

We asked Juliana about her new work.

“When I was living abroad, my friends often asked me what I missed most about Singapore. Is it my family? Friends? I’m almost embarrassed to say this but the one thing I crave for is Singapore’s local food. I’d choose Teochew mui over burgers any day. Or cai fan for that matter. Or prata (Crane Road). Or kaya toast with teh-o-peng-siu-dai and two soft-boiled eggs. You get the drift.

In those difficult moments (dramatic), I made mental sketches of my favourite local food. Most of them are easily available from hawker centres so they’re not plated to look Instagram worthy, but they burst with flavours I cannot find elsewhere in the world.

So when I returned to Singapore, I was determined to photograph our local food with the same sentiments I had when I was away. Except that I don’t know how to put the food together stylistically. Thankfully, despite my clumsy pitch, my university classmate Kat Wong (also an amazing cook) agreed to indulge me and styled the food for this project.”

Full series here.

Trading @smokesforshots

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Do you also wait for the holiday season to do something about those eternally unchecked resolutions on your list?

That’s exactly what Nicholas Goh did. By trading @smokesforshots, he is putting the breaks on his smoking urge by trading the habit of a smoke break for a street photography shot.

“Both pastimes take about the same amount of time, ease fidgeting fingers and share space on the streets of Singapore – the art of street photography, being the much more edifying habit.”

Check it out.

Exhib! Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling

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Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling is a photo book by Alvin Toh about Olympic gold medallist, Joseph Schooling. In conjunction with the launch of the book, 10 local designers were commissioned to design a promotional poster.

Go underground before 30 November and marvel at the posters on display in MRT stations across the dot.

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