NYC - SVA Photography Summer Residency

Hello my lovelies, I'm back!!Alright I've been back for three weeks-ish now but guys, the last two months in NYC has been truly amazing!

How I wish I could fly back there once a month! It might just be possible if only the flight time between NYC and SG wasn't so brutal. Such a literal pain in the ass! (read: 20+hr travel time) Regardless, being able to be there and soak in all that NYC had to offer made it worth it. I'm honestly just thankful for all the things I got to experience and all the lovely people I've met there.

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Attending SVA's Photography Summer Residency Program was one of my reasons to head to NYC this summer, it's main purpose being to add some structure to my trip and to make sure I don't end up goofing off and eating Shake Shack every other day. I still ate at Shake Shack way too often haha, but the residency did succeed on keeping me on track. The schedule worked such that 4 times a week, I would only need to be in school for a 20 minute critique with the instructors while once a week there'll be group critique session which would take up the whole day. Having to somehow come up with new work to present every week in the critique sessions really started the ball rolling. My class was made up of a bunch of wonderful photographers from international and diverse backgrounds, coming from countries like Norway, Dubai, Israel etc. The result was a nice clash of cultures and view points that gave me a lot to think about during my time there. The faculty was, obviously incredible too. But guys. The equipment provided by SVA. Oh my lord, I was in a photographer's candy land! I found myself renting out the Hasselblad every other day. It was just wonderful. :D

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This was pretty much how the group critique sessions would look like. Everybody would bring their work and put it up for discussion which can be a little intimidating but being able to hear so much feedback really helps!. This happens once every week so everybody can see the change in each other's work through the course of the residency. Also got to do an exhibition at the end of the course! Can safely say I've exhibited my work in NYC now hahaha.

Anyway, once I got the engine running, I just kept doing photo shoots after photo shoots for the next extra month I was there. It was a great experience of figuring what I like and what my style is. The creative folks I got to work and collaborate with are all so ridiculously talented, just being able to be in the general vicinity and breath the same air they do was such an honor haha. Plus I got to shoot the gorgeous Diandra Forrest!

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In anyway case, I can't wait to show you guys my new works. I really do think they'll add that extra oomph needed in my portfolio so I'm quite excited :D

The concrete city of New York is really such a fascinating place, so different yet similar to Singapore. With the crazy crowds, hustle and bustle of city life, I almost felt home.  Almost. But ah, it's good to be back.