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week 5 – matthew hulse

time lapse photography of people walking on pedestrian lane
– multiple exposure photography –

Multiple exposure photography is a technique where multiple images are captured on a single photographic frame. This is achieved by exposing the photographic medium (such as film or a digital sensor) multiple times, either on the same scene or on different scenes. In digital photography, some cameras have a multiple exposure mode that allows you to take multiple shots and combine them into a single image. The resulting image can have a surreal or dreamlike quality, as the multiple exposures can create an overlapping and blending effect. Multiple exposure photography can be used creatively to capture motion or to blend different scenes together to create a new and unique composition. Some photographers also use multiple exposure photography to create intentional “ghosting” effects, where a subject appears semi-transparent or as a ghostly presence in the image.

– Zhou HanShun –

Zhou HanShun is a photographic artist and art director based in Singapore. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and RMIT University. He has worked as an art director but continues to pursue his passion for photography and visual storytelling.

Zhou HanShun uses photography to explore and document the cultures and people in the cities where he has lived. He has created several series of photographs that capture the essence of these places, such as “Singapore Noir,” a series of black and white photographs that explore the dark side of the city-state, and “Beijing Silvermine,” a collection of images found in a Beijing recycling plant that document life in China during the 1980s and 1990s.

Zhou HanShun’s work has been exhibited in Singapore and internationally, and he has won several awards for his photography. He is also a founding member of the photography collective, AikBeng Chia, and has collaborated on various projects with other artists and photographers.

– going out –

So, I finally decided to go out and try to capture some crowds instead of waiting around for people to tell me they’re available to take a picture of them; in fact if I had done it like that I think it would have been so unnatural and forced (as you will see in an upcoming series of images).

I believe these to be quite successful images!! I love them. The dynamism and fluidity in them really accentuates the ghostly look I’m trying to achieve. I would have liked i they were a bit more crisp like HanShun’s photos, but I guess that’s as good as I’m going to get with digital photography on a phone… I wanted to see if the absence of colour adds anything to the images, as mentioned in last week’s post. I have come to the same conclusion as last week: B&W is just more striking, however the coloured images have a certain charm of their own… I’m just not sure what it is…

I’d like to thank everyone who posed for these pics! Although unedited, these pictures have their merit as they showed me what I could do for capturing crowds. Unfortunately, I am not immensely satisfied with how they turned out. As I mentioned previously, I believe these pictures to be a bit staged and maybe a bit too theatrical to be able to capture the raw and impromptu nature of some of the other ones I’ve taken. The good news is that they have not gone to waste, as they are part of the process of understanding what works and what doesn’t.

Looking forward to more impromptu crowds now…

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