INDIVIDUAL CURATION for CS2006 FINAL PROJECT

Part of Kevin Lee Wei Ye’s street photography project titled “Election Street”, taken during Singapore’s General Elections in 2011.

There is strong use of Gestalt Theory. The aspect of Similarity is most prominent, with both common fate and colour playing a part in this effect.

The large majority of the subjects in the photo are looking up in a state of suspense, as if waiting for something. There is an air of uncertainty in not just the subjects expressions, but also their body language. With anticipation, they stand, but in meek fashion as their arms clutch themselves in front of them.

The anomalies of this similarity do not stand out in this photo though. This is largely due to the utilisation of a monochrome colour scheme. However, these anomalies are distinct as a representation of the Singaporean population just as my group hopes to portray — that while most wait in yearning, there are others who display nonchalance and weariness.

The monochrome scheme seems to be intentionally chosen to further highlight the stark contrast, as if it was as originally coloured, it is likely the other colours would be a form of dissonance to the viewer.

White is a also a symbolic symbol as it represents the People’s Action Party (PAP), which is a key subject in this photograph, and also in my group’s project.

(photo taken from http://www.kevinwylee.com/election-street#1)

‘Waiting For A Train’ taken by Bobi Dojcinovski

The use of Lines and Depth are vital in the photograph.

Multiple lines work together by merging into the same vanishing point. This Linear Perspective not only makes the photo feel more 3D, but also makes it easier for viewing. The converging of the lines smoothly leads the viewer to the subject, despite the subject not being in the foreground.

The skilful use of both vertical and diagonal lines allows for a dynamic photo. On the left, vertical lines from the pillars and platform provide a kind of order and conformity. It is in line with the people digging their heads into their phones. They are still and consistent. Whereas, on the right, diagonal lines of the train tracks give the photo more life with the sense that there will soon be movement.

In the centre, where vertical and diagonal converges, lies the subject. He is a part of both sides, a representative of one attempting to leave the uniformity. An anomaly, he draws the viewers’ attention.

This photo is an opposite of the earlier photo in the sense that while both showcase a form of waiting, the majority of people here seem disinterested, leaving that one man’s animation out of the ordinary. While all of them know what is to come, only one man remains excited for it.

(photo taken from https://500px.com/photo/3955581/waiting-for-a-train-by-bobi-dojcinovski)

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