performancelifearchive asked:

Hey! Great work! Really illuminating read. I was wondering what it is like photographing people in Singapore. I get the impression that many humans here are quite conservative when it comes being in front of the camera. Having a portrait taken by someone else, spontaneously. Is this something you've encountered yourself? How have you overcome it? I suppose what I'm indirectly asking is, what exactly do you ask when you approach people and how many say no to having their photographs taken?

Haha it’s a 70-30 ratio so far. 70% of the people say yes, 30% say no. I guess people are surprised in a positive way more than anything. Most of the times they’re fine having their picture taken and having a conversation with a stranger as long as they’re assured that there’s no odd stuff happening. Body language, lots of smiling, and giving them a card to my page - all these things help!

Anonymous asked:

i really want to meet you, I think we'll have quite the conversation & I'm finally back home till end August!!

Haha let’s set up a meeting then! Drop an email here: humansofsg@gmail.com

A few weeks back I’d taken a picture of these two, and before asking anything else, I first asked if they were a couple. Turned out they were just friends.Yesterday, I received a message as follows:__Hi, if you can still recall, you took some photos and asked some questions of a young couple by the river side, but they turned out to be just friends then. I’m actually the guy, and we’re together now. I would say you helped spark a chain of events that led to the beginning of the relationship. Hence, it’s really special, and I’m wondering if you still have the photos.Thank you!__Of course I do :D

A few weeks back I’d taken a picture of these two, and before asking anything else, I first asked if they were a couple. Turned out they were just friends.

Yesterday, I received a message as follows:
__

Hi, if you can still recall, you took some photos and asked some questions of a young couple by the river side, but they turned out to be just friends then. I’m actually the guy, and we’re together now. I would say you helped spark a chain of events that led to the beginning of the relationship. Hence, it’s really special, and I’m wondering if you still have the photos.

Thank you!
__

Of course I do :D

"I lost a lot of money in my contracting business, and went into severe depression. Then I started driving a taxi because I was desperate for money. But even when I found money, I didn’t find meaning in life. So I started finding meaning in every word. You see the word ‘Family’? It has many different meanings. When you are small it means, ‘Father And Mother I Love You’ When you are a teenager it means ‘Father And Mother I Lie to You’. When you grow older, it means ‘Father And Mother I Leave You’. You see? Everything has a meaning! It’s a Life of Acronyms, and I want to show it to the world before I’m old. Because you know what ‘Old’ means? Onto the Last Destination.”

"I lost a lot of money in my contracting business, and went into severe depression. Then I started driving a taxi because I was desperate for money. But even when I found money, I didn’t find meaning in life. So I started finding meaning in every word. You see the word ‘Family’? It has many different meanings. When you are small it means, ‘Father And Mother I Love You’ When you are a teenager it means ‘Father And Mother I Lie to You’. When you grow older, it means ‘Father And Mother I Leave You’. You see? Everything has a meaning! It’s a Life of Acronyms, and I want to show it to the world before I’m old. Because you know what ‘Old’ means? Onto the Last Destination.”

"I work the night shift from 7pm to 7am and I protect the building and do my best to ensure the safety of the shoppers passing through ION. It does not matter whether I like this job or not. I simply have to work. I feel happy especially during the festive seasons when we attendants exchange gifts to show their appreciation for one another. Sometimes I meet shoppers who are quite demanding but I still have to handle them in a professional manner and it can get quite tough for me then."
By project24h, a project by SOTA students to bring out the unnoticed in Singapore.

"I work the night shift from 7pm to 7am and I protect the building and do my best to ensure the safety of the shoppers passing through ION. It does not matter whether I like this job or not. I simply have to work. I feel happy especially during the festive seasons when we attendants exchange gifts to show their appreciation for one another. Sometimes I meet shoppers who are quite demanding but I still have to handle them in a professional manner and it can get quite tough for me then."

By project24h, a project by SOTA students to bring out the unnoticed in Singapore.