We first featured photographer Yeow Chin Liang earlier this year with some of his striking street portraits. But seeing his Flickr bursting with beautiful photos, we thought it was time to highlight Yeow’s work again.
For “Take a Seat”, we decided to feature a selection of portraits taken while people are sitting down in public places. Whether on a bench, a street curb or a pile of rubble, this spontaneous pause – a makeshift rest – unifies the various photo subjects. It flips the idea of formally “sitting” for a portrait.
Yeow runs an IT company during the week and turns shutterbug at weekends. About three years ago, he was at the launch of the Olympus PEN EP2 when he met some other photography enthusiasts. “Eventually we set up a Olympus PEN Lover Group page on Facebook. We still go out shooting on the street every Saturday morning without fail.”
He experiments with different cameras, mostly using film. “I use RF [range finder] and compact cameras more often for street shooting.” While he finds it hard to name a favourite camera, he says his current obsession is the Fujifilm Klasse W.
Yeow usually asks permission before taking someone’s portrait. However, he remembers once finding himself in the opposite situation: “I remember I met a stylish uncle at Petaling Street. He wore an eye catching jacket, a nice cap and carried a nice vintage bag too. He approached me and wanted me to photograph him. I guess this was the only time I felt so welcome to take a photo of someone on the street.”
All photos courtesy of Yeow Chin Liang.