This series explores how one’s extreme familiarity with his environment can actually become a psychological entrapment. Singapore is so small that as Singaporeans, there is a dearth of novelty or “strangeness” in our surroundings. The series also explores how the Internet is then a medium in which Singaporean youths escape or perceive the world beyond.
The irony is that this dream is nonetheless an artificial construct. What is most revealing is how the Internet keeps us within a search bubble, constructing the way we perceive the world. Images appropriated online are not representative of the places. This reveals the incongruity between what is actual and what is being represented, and how the image is simply a projection.
— Benjamin Ziggy Lee
A photographer with a Japanese mother and a Swiss father tries to come to terms with his heritage through a series of factual, fictional and conceptual photographs.
A dark, rich, velvety photobook—we're immersed here in the sea, off the coasts of Brazil and Uruguay, bumping up from below to catch a whale's eye view, and then down again, only to surface in another spot with another vista, another surprise.
Nighttime photographs illuminated by the full moon reveal quiet, still spaces that vibrate with memories and subtle transformation.
Backhaus takes photographs of left-behind objects and rooms devoid of people, lending significance to things usually cleared away or overlooked. Although What Still Remainsshows no people, each image is alive with the lingering energy of those who have left the scene as it is.