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2017 Week 27: Creating Art From The Ordinary

2017 Still Life: Shining LampUnusual Light
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I once heard an interesting concept about food and cooking: Truly great chefs are not those who create unique fine-dining cuisines with expensive and rare ingredients that are only accessible by the rich. Instead, the really great chefs are those who can make normal everyday dishes taste fantastic and rise above its peers. The reason is because it is easy to make something unique look and taste good. But making the ordinary taste amazing? – That’s the true mark of a superior craftsman. In other words, that chef in his fancy restaurant whipping up hundred-dollar fine-dinging dishes is an inferior cook to that guy in a corner store making fantastic burgers that can draw long queues of waiting, salivating customers day-after-day.

Indeed, the same idea might apply to the art of photography. Anyone can make an interesting subject, well, look interesting. 😉 But making the ordinary look interesting? Now that’s the real challenge! Continue reading

Singapore 2016 Week 41: Life Among Geometry And Architecture (Gallery)

A gallery for a popular theme: life among urban geometry plus a number of architectural shots from Singapore. –WY

Singapore 2016: People Among Geometry 5Singapore 2016: Life Among Geometry (5)
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 100

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People Among Rectangles In Architecture 6

People Among Rectangles In Architecture 6Nikon D610, 50mm,f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 560

This is a curious thing. Among the boring, old buildings in an old area of the city, an old government-owned “public” building exhibiting striking abstract designs of rectangles and cubes. The people working and living here for decades do not realize this – thinking that these beams and columns to be boring but necessary designs from an era of less efficient construction methods. Whether this is true or not, whoever is the group of people who designed this is either miffed that their work never received any public notice, or snickering with glee that such a avant garde design sneaked past the uptight and boring regulators for government-owned buildings.