Four local lensmen hold exhibition to promote digital photography to the masses
Saturday, 21 August 2004
Four photographers hope to inspire their fellow HDB-dwellers to make art, through photography. Their exhibition, Small arms… Big Matters!!! aims to convey their belief that seemingly ‘small’, inexpensive tools can produce ‘big’ and beautiful results, and that anyone can pick up digital photography and produce art.
Armed with affordable, compact digital cameras, the quartet traipsed through Singapore’s heartlands to capture the uncommon in the commonplace, the exquisite in everyday life. The four lensmen come from four different backgrounds: one is a cabby, another’s an engineer, the third’s a visual artist, and the last member of the group is a photography instructor and former press photographer. Francis Lee, Andy Tong, Vidson Ng and William Goh draw upon their rich, disparate experiences and histories to create unique perspectives that are encapsulated in their various photographs. All four share a common love for photography, and are members of the Tampines North Community Club Photographic Society.
Said Francis Lee, who used to work at Singapore Press Holdings publication Streats as a photographer: “We think that photography should be for everyone, for the masses. We hope that through our exhibition, the average member of the public, the heartlander, will be encouraged to pick up photography as an artform.
“We hope that everyone who visits the exhibition will see for themselves that photography is something that anyone can pursue – it isn’t the costly or exclusive pastime that some think it is. It is very affordable, and it is accessible.”
To help illustrate their point and vision, the foursome chose to work with the digital medium – a medium that has revolutionised the art and science of photography, and which has and continues to make photography much more affordable and accessible to increasing numbers of enthusiasts and amateurs.
The photographers will also conduct workshops on digital photography during the weekends. Members of the public, secondary school and junior college students from photographic societies and clubs will be invited to participate in these workshops.
Continued Lee: “We want to share our passion for photography with as many people as possible; we enjoy interacting with others who are interested in photography, and ‘bonding’ with them via this medium.”
Global multimedia organisation Canon, which has, over the years, developed technology that has benefited people from all walks of life, and which has helped to make photography increasingly accessible to more and more people, will sponsor all equipment used by the four photographers. The images will also be printed onto Canon photographic paper using Canon printers.
In order to reach out to the masses, the quartet decided to hold the exhibition at the Tampines Regional Library, where there is a good mix of students and adults from a wide demographic spectrum. Taking place from 4-18 September 2004, the event will attract passers-by with little or close to no knowledge about photography as an art form, as well as avid lovers and enthusiasts of photography.
The exhibition will open on Saturday, 4 September 2004, at 11am at the Tampines Regional Library. All four participating photographers – Francis Lee, Andy Tong, Vidson Ng and William Goh – will be present at the opening.
INTERVIEWS with all four photographers can be arranged.
“Small arms…Big Matters!!!” Photographic exhibition
Exhibition Opening: 4 September, 11am
Exhibition Period: 4 September – 18 September 2004
Venue: Tampines Regional Library
Viewing Hours: Library Operating Hours
Public Enquiries: Call 6788-8266
Tampines North Community Club Photographic Society
North-East Community Development Council
Tampines Regional Library
Call Francis Lee at 9479-6311