Most people probably know Tan Chuan-Jin as Singapore's Speaker of Parliament.
What is less likely known is that he is also a photography enthusiast.
On Jan. 31, an exhibition of Tan's photos, titled "Our Place in the World", was launched at Far East Plaza, showcasing the photos that Tan has taken during his travels over the past 20 years of his life.
And they are definitely a notch above what you'll find on a regular influencer's Instafeed, to say the least.
Photos of both urban and natural landscapes
Tan's photos run across both natural and urban landscapes.
Here's a few of the photos he has taken so far:
According to The Straits Times (ST), Tan usually brings along two mirrorless digital cameras, a tripod and three lenses -- including a 100-400mm telephoto lens -- for many of his current travels.
What's more, taking a shot can sometimes require waiting for up to five hours.
ST quoted Tan stating that his preference is for capturing sunsets "because I can't get up for sunrise."
Tan first started on his photography journey nearly 24 years ago when he was serving in the Singapore Army.
He began taking photographs when he trained at Sandhurst and further honed his photography skills afterwards while studying in the UK.
Shooting for charity
Tan's exhibition is primarily aimed at helping raise funds for the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised communities in Singapore and will be open to public viewing from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.
The funds will go towards the following 13 charities partnered with the exhibition:
- Breakthrough Missions
- Care Corner Singapore
- Centre for Fathering Limited
- Club Rainbow (Singapore)
- Gladiolus Place
- HealthServe Limited
- Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore
- Life Centre Community Services
- Mediacorp Enable Fund
- Shine Children and Youth Services
- The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund
- The Bible Society of Singapore
- The Turning Point
The public can support this effort through donations. Depending on the amount donated they can receive any of the following:
- A postcard pack for S$50 donated,
- A special photo book box set for S$1,000 donated,
- A premium photo book box set for S$5,000 donated,
- A limited-edition exclusion metal print for S$10,000 donated.
More information on the exhibition can be found on the site of Hope Initiative Alliance.
Top left photo by Rachel Ng, right courtesy of Tan Chuan-Jin.
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