I am a conceptual fine art photographer based in Singapore with 10+ years of experience with digital photography and image optimization.
My philosophy regarding art is that an artist is a communicator, and that his message should be an authentic and original one. The artist, in order to create good or great work, should strive to ensure purity of message through various means, be it mastery of his medium or reiterations.
In this spirit, my take on my photographic art is that it starts with my idea or concept which is preconceived in my mind, goes through the process of set up, photographic capture and image optimization, and finally ending up with a fine art print. The print my art, not my online gallery, not images you see in magazines and certainly not those you get on Facebook
My website is titled “Thoughtful Photography”- and essentially I strive to make art that lets people think, and engage. So far a theme of sorts that has emerged from my art is that I try to engage my audience by providing a new perspective on familiar subjects.
This is so in the series “Exploded Flowers” (http://fqwimages.com/2011/08/exploded-flowers-3/), in which I take the one of the most familiar subjects we see in art – flowers – and present them in a fresh new perspective by laying the individual parts of the flowers in their relative positions. I find that this new perspective makes me realize that each part of the flower has its own beauty, and constitutes literally a single brush stroke of nature. Also, flowers are amongst the most perishable things in the world, and the photographic medium is one suitable to capture the moment in time of a flower’s bloom. This particular series has been featured and used worldwide in various websites like The Telegraph, Featureshoot, and Esquire Russia.
A related series “Floral Paintings” (http://fqwimages.com/2011/10/remix/) takes off from the idea of using nature’s own brush strokes to create original art and remixes of pre-existing art. Combining floral and plant components with photography and post processing, I am able to create an entirely new technique where I can use the colors, textures and size of petals, leaves, pistils and stamens as brush strokes. And by controlling the photographic processes of focusing, I can also generate depth of field. And finally digital post-processing allows me to finalize the image and prepare it for printing. The entire process yields a fascinating result where I can see the artwork, and at the same time realize that the components of the art itself are captivating in their own right. I find that this further blurs the line between photography and the traditional mediums of visual arts like paints, sculpture etc.
Personally I have a website at fqwimages.com where you can see online galleries of my art. I have received honorable mentions in the International Photography Awards, latest of which was in 2011, for my series “Old Singapore Playgrounds”.