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Singapore

We scavenge and curate homegrown works from aspiring artists and dreamers alike.

A Partial Fantasy

Photo & Film

A Partial Fantasy

Hui Shan Tan

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.
-- Pico Iyer, Why We Travel

TAKING A GLIMPSE into the images produced by Nguan immediately takes one to a different place. Born and raised in Singapore, Nguan's photographs are known for their pastel and dreamlike tones, and they bring a new form of intimacy between the subjects and viewers. 

He pursued his studies in Film and Video Production in Illinois, and continues to travel and take photographs of people and places. Through his lenses, things take on a form of beauty and order in lives--that which we may not notice, or even possess, otherwise.

He currently has two books, Shibuya (2010) and How Loneliness Goes (2013), both of which showcase the various sides of human life and living, and something that he has termed as 'emotional globalisation'. While many of us reside within concrete jungles today, Nguan's photographs carry a sense of softness with them, contrasted against the stark coldness of cement walls. 

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They invariably bring us to a place beyond our own, colouring our imagination with a form of romance, an awakening to a beauty hitherto unseen.

And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed.
-- Pico Iyer, Why We Travel

Images by Nguan.

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