Three Photographers

Marjorie Chu with Kheng-Li Wee, Chris Yap and Bary Cha Cha (L to R) at Art Forum Singapore.

Following my last post on aboriginal art and batik, I thought I would share something quite different this time : photography. I gathered 3 photographic artists, Kheng-Li, Chris Yap, Wee and Bary Cha Cha, for a chat.

There are many forms of photography: jounalistic, documentational and art. My interest is in photography as an art form. With iPhone’s increasing popularity as a go-to device for record making, many see iPhone as the ‘state of the art camera’ that does all things.

It may well be for some, but there are numerous factors to consider in the process of creating an excellent image. To me, a fine photographic work has 4 crucial elements: lighting, composition, concept and print technique. Let me look at the work of 3 photographers through these lenses.


Chris Yap


It's so cold


fine digital Giclée print

on pearl cotton paper

edition of 3 + 1AP

76.2 cm x 50.4 cm

I chanced upon this work by Chris Yap during Art Stage 2018 and I acquired it without hesitation. Chris described his work as ‘dancing with the light’, so light is the key factor.

The work was arresting to me because the work had a certain romance and drama in it. The tactality of the objects in the image, the furry warmth of the deep scarlett red shawl, contrasting with the glossy pink of the chair, took appeal and mystery to whole new levels.

That said, printing techniques also make a lot of difference. Prints are multiple ‘orginals’. They, technically, complete the final process of image-making. Chris finished this particular work in Giclée print. In French, Giclée means ‘to spray'. Chris explained that this is a method of printing using a very fine inkjet printer that sprays up to 12 different colours onto a high quality paper or linen. The finer and denser the ‘sprayed dots’, the more intense the result.

Chris Yap