For the first time, Leica Galerie Singapore, has rolled out an innovative and bold exhibition that showcases work of two photographers from completely different backgrounds. Leica Galerie Singapore is a platform for internationally acclaimed artists as well as for established and emerging local photographers to present the world as it unfolds for their Leica lenses. Aptly titled 二: A Tale of Convergence, the entire narrative celebrates two individuals truly crossing artistic boundaries to elevate their individual approach to their passion – the art of photography.
Twenty-two-year-old Lee Yik Keat is a self-taught street photographer who started his love for photography with his smartphone five years ago. He is inspired by the environment around him, the simplest of daily activities, music and people ‘chasing their own dreams’. The absence of formal training and technical knowledge has enabled Yik Keat to work with no boundaries – pure instinct, inherent appreciation of light and shadows and ability to transit raw emotions through his lenses.
In complete contrast, Geoff Ang, at the age of 44 is an accomplished commercial photographer. His successful career for leading international brands has opened up many opportunities, including a brand ambassador for Leica’s SL-system. Both intuition and technical application makes his work compelling for both marketing effort but most importantly in his mentorship programme, a personal initiative close to his heart.
Leica Galerie Singapore orchestrated the two photographers’ partnership and were inspired by the evolution of photography. In their pursuit to explore how two generations – a Millennial, more adapt to touch technology and a Generation X growing up in the 80s with access to more classic and traditional tools can combine their work – has resulted in a convergence of their ideas, their vision and their technical skills. For this exhibition both Yik Keat and Geoff were handed the sleek and versatile Leica SL-System, one of the brand’s premium systems featuring cutting-edge technical features for enhanced camera handling.
With complete creative freedom, the gentlemen were given free rein to approach their subjects and apply their distinct technical touch. After weeks of deliberation and discussion on their individual set of collection inspiration struck and true convergence took place.
Multi-Sensory Exhibition using Augmented Reality
To further push boundaries into the world of digital transformation, visitors to the exhibition are taken on a multi-sensory journey with the support of Artivive. By simply downloading the augmented reality app and scanning the pictures using their smart phones, each print bursts into life through movement and music, taking visitors deeper into their photographic journey.
Leica has confirmed a two-day workshop led by Geoff and Yik Keat on 17th and 18th of August, for budding photographers looking to gain access to both photographer’s expertise. Further details of the workshops, areas of focus and booking details can be accessed at the Leica Akademie website: https://www.leica-store.sg/akademie.html
二: A Tale of Convergence Exhibition
27 July to 24 October 2018
10:00am – 8:00pm
Fullerton Square, #01-07