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
We all live beneath a single, shared sky—these photos show how notions of national identity may be discarded when we recognize the unifying nature of our common environment.
The town of Tranquillity, California—tiny as it is—thrums with deep unease. First, step into this mysterious world, then read our exclusive interview with the photographer (and Aperture Portfolio Prize runner-up).
A series of (photographed) performances, which touch upon everything from identity alienation, to imperiled environments and the stark beauty of the desert. This work overflows with energy and inspiration—don't miss it!