Upfront! with Shawn Lee, Photographer Capturing Light

This article is concurrently posted on The Kent Ridge Common.

All photos are taken by Shawn Lee.
Shawn Lee is a 25-year-old photographer who does freelance editing and photography. His photos capture the lyrical beauty of transient moments. Do take a look at his photos here.

It's with pleasure that we now chat with Shawn.

Hi, Shawn, tell us a little bit about yourself –

I’m born and raised in Singapore.  Singapore is pretty much 'home' to me.

Did you study photography in school?

No, I studied engineering in poly. I’ve always enjoyed looking at photos of other photographers back in those days. Gradually, I started to learn the basics of Photoshop from the Internet. I only got my first camera in 2008 and it was a Panasonic lx3.

How would you describe your style?

I don’t really know what style I would categorize myself as.. but I like my photos to be as simple as possible, minimum distraction. I like to capture the candid expressions of my subjects, getting their most natural expressions.

What is your favorite theme?

I enjoy street photography a lot. There is something special about it that makes it very interesting to me. I don't really know how to put them in words but there is a certain 'beauty' in street photography. The candid expressions of people, some particular moments and sometimes, the pure randomness of the photos. It’s hard to explain.

All the cover photos in your online album are in black-and-white (BnW). Do you have a special preference for them?

I think I do have a preference for BnW photos. The reason for having BnW cover photos in my online site is to keep the page as simple as 'clean' as possible. There is a certain beauty in BnW photos that words can’t explain. A 'good' photo is more than just rich vibrant colours, it’s also about the lighting, composition and subject. At times, without the 'distraction' of colours, one can truly appreciate a photo in unique ways.

What equipments or software do you use?

I am a Canon user, I don’t hate Nikon. Many people always ask me, “why Canon and not Nikon? Which brand is better?” To be honest, I don’t think there are any significant differences between them that can cause one to lose sleep over which brand to adopt.

How important is Photoshop in processing your images?

For editing, I use both Lightroom and Photoshop.

I use Lightroom for simple editing. Only use Photoshop for more complicated work.

Are you a Mac or PC lover?

I’m a PC user right now. Not really a lover of any system, as long as it serves its purposes, I’m happy to use it.

If you’re not a photographer, what would you be?

To be honest, I’ve got no idea. Haven't thought about that question.

What is it about photography that captivates you?

Photography is the closest thing we have to a time machine.

And what would you like to be in 5 years?

Haven't think about what would happen in 5 years. More important to enjoy what is going on now. 5-years-later stuff is for 5-years-later Shawn to worry about.

Thanks, Shawn, for your candid responses!

Here're more photos that Shawn took:


Why not take a closer look at Shawn's archive here?


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