Belated congratulations to the Singapore Botanical Gardens for being recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a big deal because it is Singapore’s very first World Heritage Site.
It was a bit of an honour to be asked to contribute to the Garden’s Nomination Dossier. Here are some of my shots featured in the successful nomination application.
Okay, I know how it looks – Rory is slacking off again! But it’s not true! This is how we make hotel beds look pristine and perfect. I know it a little bit cheaty, but I pull the sheets tight to remove any visible creases and slot this bit of the image into the final image. This is one of the newly renovated rooms at M Hotel, Singapore.
Update! The final image:
I knew I got ‘the shot’ when I captured this restaurant image for Pollen at Garden’s by the Bay. I knew this one put the restaurant in context, I knew it was bold and eye catching. I knew it would intrigue the viewer. The restaurant marketing department obviously agreed because it is the opening image on their website – the image that grabs the viewer’s attention and entices them to explore more.
Which is really what I try to achieve with every image I make. In my mind, every exposure has to be a winner. None of them can be boring, humdrum or just average. They have to tell my client’s story while trying to sell an idea, help people discover and excite the senses.
Another of my shots appears on their Facebook over – another example of my panoramas fitting in nicely with FB’s cover image ratio….
DP Architects recently got a little bit of free publicity for a building they designed – the amazing Singapore Sports Hub. Because the Straits Times newspaper used an image DPA supplied rather than use images from their own photojournalists, the architects got priceless publicity for free with a nice big double page spread, with their name shown prominently. There could be a hundred reasons why they went with this image, but I like to think this was because supplied image they supplied was compelling, eye catching, and was the right image for the article.
You can see more shots I took for this project at this link here.
One of the best things about my job is meeting and working closely with people who are at the top of their game.
Working with André Chiang of Restaurant André is a bit like working with a slightly mad genius…but in a good way. His food and restaurant always fills me with whimsy, providing an escape from the real world for a few hours.
Here’s the result of me escaping reality for an afternoon, collaborating with a true artist and possibly genius….for Four Magazine.
I’m not quite sure if this appears in print or not, but it always satisfying to see my work appear in unexpected places. Today it is the New York Times. I have always assumed that the NYT was the Daily Bugle in Superman – that kinda makes me Jimmy Olsen?
Big thanks to Loh Lik Peng and the team from Unlisted Collection for sending in the portrait for the article.
Little known fact about me: I have never entered a photography competition in my life! I’m not sure why.
I guess I figure that every day I work, I am entering a competition, with clients as my judges. And the prize is to be invited to come back for the second and third jobs. In fact, I consider that second call to be my ultimate prize – it means my client feel they got value and my pictures did what they need.
Anyway, what was my point again? Oh yes, one client that calls me back is the National Parks Board, having worked on two of their annual reports, and their submissions for UNESCO submission.
And so in some ways I have won their photo competition. Not because I submitted an image, but because they used one of my images to advertise their latest competition. Sure, there’s no accolade, no name up in lights, but in my heart, I won.
And if you are interested in submitting your photos to their competition, you can apply here! Must say, Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year has quite a ring to it!
I am honoured to have my images of Shanghai’s beautiful Peace Hotel featured on the Hirsch Bedner Associates website. The renowned architects are the world’s number one hospitality design firm.