Local iPhone photographer Chia Aik Beng has an amazing eye who manages to capture the most remarkable scenes. His ability to compose, and his sensitivity to colour, light and shadow undoubtedly come from his background as a designer but it is his patience and willingness to wait for the ideal shot that marks his work as a photographer.
He has been shooting with his iPhone for a while and he is now beginning to get the recognition he deserves. A few days ago, it was announced that three of his photographs, taken with his trusty iPhone 4, were winners in this year's iPhone Photography Awards.
One of his photos received an Honourable Mention while another two were selected in the People category and the Others category.
We spoke to Aik Beng to get the story behind these shots.
Location: Lobby area of Downtown East in Pasir Ris in 2011. The shot is of someone in the walking in the swimming pool overhead.
For this shot, Aik Beng went to Downtown East two or three times in order to capture the perfect shot. The day he took the shot involved waiting for half an hour. "I just stood there waiting for a person to walk over me," he said. All that time, he held up his iPhone, just waiting for the right moment. "You have to ready or you might miss the shot."
Location: Joo Chiat, 2011.
App used: Cross Process.
"What attracted me was the sign. It was an old school sign so I waited for an old lady or an old man to walk past to link it back to the signage," said Aik Beng.
For this shot, he waited about half an hour before the old lady walked by. He managed to take one shot of the woman before she walked out of the frame.
Location: HDB block opposite Sim Lim Square, 2011.
App used: ShakeIt Photo
"What caught my eye was the checked flooring. I went up to the third or fourth floor and I waited for someone to walk across," he said. He took a number of shots of people walking and eventually decided that this was the best composed one.
If you want to see more of Aik Beng's photography, check out his Flickr page and his website. You can also follow him on Tumblr and Instagram.
He is currently working on a PDF book made up of his photos of the people at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in its last days. I've seen some of the photos and they are pretty amazing. Watch out for this book, which will be made available as a free PDF on his website.
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