At Home In The Streets: Singapore's Melvin Mapa's Black and White Photo Series

Photographer Melvin Mapa refers to Singapore as his adopted country. Here, he wanders the streets with his camera, looking to capture candid shots of people in their "solitary moments." He recounts that his loneliness was key to his black and white photo series At Home in The Streets.

Melvin describes the creative process for this series by explaining that "being alone equips me to easily zero-in on other lone figures. It was Jean-Paul Sartre who said, "hell is other people" and I share the same existentialist view and express this through my photographs."

The mystery of the human condition also intrigues Melvin, and he tries to reflect his existential questions in his photos. Prompting his viewer dive deep into their own minds to try and understand the themes in his photos somewhat excites him. In his series, Melvin asks: "do my subjects abhor or revel in their solitude? Are they happy? Are they scared? No one knows except the subject themselves. Look at the lone man walking up the stairs. Is he at peace to be going through this journey alone, or is he yearning for someone at his side for the rest of the way? That’s where the mystery lies."

To view the full At Home in The Streets Black and White photo series, check out Melvin's website.

written by crissyrobles on 2018-10-17

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