A diary, as the old adage goes, is an ideal companion and a passageway to one’s soul. Underpinned in each pen stroke are accounts, sentiments, and resolutions based on scenarios that are striking enough to be recognized. Singaporean photographer Ying Ang, instead of relying on a pen and a stylized notebook, turns her images into mementos as she captures scenes from her travels around the globe.
Ying is naturally drawn to beauty, showcasing peculiarities in nature and the intricacies of human emotion in her photographs. Well-traveled, she covered seven locales located in different parts of the world: Sonoma Country, Lago Maggiore, Los Angeles, Negril, Bournemouth, and Reykjavik. Each location yields 12 captured scenes; the entire collection contains a total of 84 images.
In looking through Ying’s photographic diary, the viewer gets a glimpse of the character of the aforementioned places, which includes lives, lifestyles, manmade structures, and nature. She tends to showcase the aesthetics of her immediate surroundings, imparting a reserved and slightly somber air to the entire series. One can posit on her frame of mind while taking the photos by looking at the partially diffused tones and the strategically isolated subjects, which act as an adhesive to the different series within the collection.
Viewers will marvel at fine architecture or some of nature’s magnificent features, but will notice certain nuances that may induce a trance. The human subjects’ expressions give the impression that something’s amiss or there may be an entirely different dimension beneath a supposedly pristine environment. Accompanying the photos are written accounts of her travels on her website, personal blog, and social media profiles, for those who are particularly curious.
All told, Ying Ang’s compendium of images dangles subplots for the probing mind and subtly nudges casual viewers to enter the realm of thought. She intends to make everyone see the world differently, one photo series at a time.