Born and raised in Singapore, Sebastian desires to understand who he is in the rapidly changing country he calls home through images.
Photography for him is a visual language, uninterrupted by words. Like how poetry use words to crave into the individual and demands for past experiences to be revisited for interpretation, great photography should invoke the same with light, shadows, geometry, gestures and emotion. It is an obsession. It is a way to understand society/himself and simultaneously making sense of it.
As someone who educates for a living, he hopes to do the same by sharing his knowledge with the world as a guide to self-discovery through photography.
While he does not use likes on Instagram as a reference point for his work, he is honored that his major influences like David Alan Harvey, Fan Ho and contemporary photographers like Tavepong, Argus Paul have acknowledged his work through the social media platform.
Submisson Review for Lensculture's Street Photography Awards 2017 (Asylum of Glass)
Hello Sebastian Chin
Thank you for sharing your photographs with us.There's some great shots here. You have a very good sense of light and composition. I especially like number 1, 3, 6, 7 and 9 which strike me as the most dense atmospheric images in your current selection. The quality of your work is really high and there isn't a single weak picture in your series. Also number 4 and 5 magnificently express the feeling you describe in your statement. The solitariness and desperation of the individual in an ever growing and (due to the its spacial limits) hence shrinking city you capture them beautifully in your series. So, yes, intrigued I am.
Having said that there's still some room for improvement. For example, number 8 for example could do with a bit more room. Cutting of the face of the person you're capturing there's little to identify with, which isn't a problem as such if it wasn't that the composition in this case leaves the thrill that your other images convey amiss.Or take number two. Somehow I'm so much drawn to the person at the left hand frame, that it becomes the main focus when actually it's rather distracting for the composition as a whole. I took the liberty and suggested a little crop which I think renders the whole image more dense.
I absolutely agree with you when it comes to photography being some sort of visual language and I think you manage excellently to express your own voice.
I think it‘s a great idea to make a book out of this series! Once you have 30 or more images I would really love to see this edited into a publication!
- Feedback by Photo Industry Professional (Lensculture)