Lee Chang Ming is a passionate life-logger and he shoots every ‘extraordinarily’ mundane and interesting thing he comes across. This young Singapore-based photographer is also active in curating and promoting impressive work of noted and noteworthy artists and photographers though his famous Tumblog ‘Nope Fun’ which contains more than 400 features and interviews. His photographic work is retro-style, evocative, and nostalgic. Here we have an ensemble of his old and latest work with his to-the-point replies to our questions:
Please tell us about yourself:
I was born and raised in Singapore and love eating chocolate.
I’m not sure what the “world of photography” encompasses and I think everyone with a camera can be a photographer. How seriously you take it or think about it is another matter, so I think it a question of definitions. Having said that, photography is an area that I’ve been continually interested in as a medium and feel personally invested.
I don’t think there is anything to understand (conceptually) in my photos, even though I do like to think about the act and process of photography in general. If the photographer considers him/herself to be an artist and thinks that an artist statement is relevant to his/her work, then by all means go ahead. It’s always nice to have some context if the final product itself doesn’t show that.
I like many kinds of photography, but I personally don’t like food photography because it just makes me hungry.
Tell us about your method of shooting outside?
If something intrigues me and/or the lighting feels right, I’ll take a picture of it. I tend to be spontaneous and prefer natural lighting whenever possible.
I mainly use a Contax T2 and a Nikon FM2 for personal work and a D750 for other projects. I think editing is all part of the process of photography, but of course the question is: to what extent, which depends on lots of factors. For example if it is for photojournalism (which has it’s own set of ethics) or if it or an advertisement or for exhibiting in a gallery etc.
Thanks! It was the song I was listening to at the time when I started the website, no particular meaning behind it. I guess I’m spontaneous like that. I started out by featuring artist that inspired me and then it grew from there. There isn’t a particular criteria for selecting the artist, but it’s just what appeals or seems exciting to me at the time.
I’m not qualified to answer such a question, but I’d definitely watch out for photographers from Asia (China, India, Taiwan, Singapore etc.). I like how photography as a visual medium can cross language barriers to communicate ideas, which makes it pretty exciting to me.
I don’t know much about public affirmation, but I do know what I like and what I like in my work. I self-published my zine last year and have a couple of other future ones planned together with Total Purpose Press.
I’m particularly interested in publishing in its various forms, so hopefully I can publish new projects and work with other photographers and artists. No solid plans so far, but I’m always open to new ideas and collaborations.
My favourite photographers include Nguan, Stefano Marchionini, Lukasz Wierzbowski and more recently Quentin de Briey.
I haven’t watched many films lately, but some favourites include those by Michel Gondry, Gregg Aaraki, Harmony Korine, Wong Kar-Wai. Been listening to Sean Nicholas Savage lately.
Something to say to our readers or aspiring photographers: