Photography in the National Gallery Singapore
2016/04/04

About 6 months ago I quit my research job and started my photography business. I am not sure where the path will lead me. Most importantly I think  that I am stupid enough to dare to make a bold change in my life. After all, we only live once. I will occasionally post some links about photography from my new blog site, jupiterstudio.com.sg. I still want to maintain my wordpress blog here purely as place for a more spiritual communication with my blog friends, i.e. about poetry, arts, photography, love, and life. I hope you will enjoy too some works and words from my another blog site.

http://www.jupiterstudio.com.sg/blog/2016/3/28/photography-in-the-national-gallery-singapore

Thank you for the kind support and love from friends around the World!

K.C. Toh
4 April 2016, Singapore.

 

The Furry World Photo Series
2014/10/29

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老天托我给你一个口信…好好的爱我。
GOD HAS A MESSAGE FOR YOU….LOVE ME.

– 祈泉,2014年10月28日于新加坡

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我常常对人类某些想法感到很困惑。我们为什么要孩子来到世上然后又告诉他们世界就是这么的残酷。我想,残酷的不是世界,是我们自己。不是吗?我相信如果我们愿意给世界一点一滴的爱,爱会汇聚成一条河流,让她流经的世界会更加的美丽。这也是你的梦想吗?

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
I am often very confused with some human behaviors and thoughts. Why would we want to bring our children to this World and ask them to face the cruel reality of the World later on? For me it is not the World that is cruel, it is ourselves. Isn’t it? I believe if every of us is willing to give a little drop of love for this World, love will flow like a river and to make the World more beautiful wherever the river goes. Aren’t you sharing the same vision with me?

Life Photo Series
2014/10/23

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我们内心的不平静,是不是因为我们还不了解自己内心里住着的那位朋友呢?
Isn’t that the untamed feeling in our mind a sign of the lack of understanding of the friend that lives in our heart?

– 祈泉,2014年10月23日于新加坡

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这照片是在新加坡麦里芝蓄水池拍的。那里是城市里的天堂,因为有一大片树林。有多大呢?好吧,这片树林绕一圈回到原地,需要走至少4个小时。或许你说不是很大,但是用心和自然交流我们需要数字来证明吗?如果我的家有一个后院,而在后院里有自己的小花园,我想,天堂就是在我家后院,不是吗?我肯定是这样想的。我希望人们不要小看那小小而卑微的数字,像树林和我们的小花园一样,那里隐藏了我们难以用凡人的聪明和智慧所能理解的幸福。

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
This photo was taken at the Macritchie reservoir. The place is a heaven of the city, because of the large patch of the reserved forest. How large is the place exactly? OK, to go around the forest needs at least 4 hours of hiking. May be you might not agree with me it is big, but do we really need numbers to support our care and love for the nature? If I have a home with a backyard, and in the backyard I have my own little flower garden, don’t you think that the heaven is in my home’s backyard? I certainly think so. I wish that we will never underestimate the humble number of something, like the forest or our little garden, the hidden joy they can bring is beyond our wit and wisdom could reach and understand.

Your lovely comment is always encouraging.

The Furry World Photo Series
2014/10/21

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你需要时间来陪伴的是我,还是自己的心?
Do you really think you need time to be with me, or to be with your heart?

– 祈泉,2014年10月20日于新加坡

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这张照片是去槟城参加一位朋友的婚礼,在新郎的家拍的。这是他和弟弟养的一只狗,叫Big Boy,好好玩的名字。

THE LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE PHOTO
This is a photo taken when I was attending my friend’s wedding in Penang, Malaysia, and was taken in his home. This is a dog raised both by him and his younger brother. The dog has a cute name, the Big Boy.

Your lovely comment is always encouraging.

The Furry World Photo Series
2014/10/19

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我不要成为别人影子,我只做真实的自己,喵!
never pretend to be who you are not, just be yourself, meow!

– 祈泉,2014年10月18日于新加坡

/这是我妹妹的猫,叫Miyu。Miyu好奇怪,虽然以前她很讨厌我,可是到了发情期她却变成另一只猫似的。一般在这期间她只会粘着我,也只有这个时候是最好拍摄她的时候。动物的个性真的好奇怪,但也好可爱。在我之前的贴子有写到,现在她已和我友好相处了。
/This is my sister’s cat, her name is Miyu. Miyu is very strange, she hated me a lot, but when she is in her period, she would become a different cat. Only during this time, she would glue to me whole day long, and this is often the time that I could take her photos easily. Animal’s character is really strange, and yet adorable. As mentioned in my previous post, now she has befriended me again.

Life Photo Series
2014/10/17

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Isn’t life itself the most beautiful music ever played?
你不认为生命本身弹奏的是最美妙的乐曲吗?

– 祈泉,2013年12月22日于新加坡

//This is an old unpublished work, and words are revised, with the title changed from Earth Call’s Photo Series to Life Photo Series.

Earth’s Call Photo Series
2014/10/11

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I dance with the wind,
I dance with the light,
I dance with the flowers,
I dance with the stars.
with the humble you,
I dance with your heart,
with the humble world,
I dance for my life.

风儿和我跳着舞,
光和我跳着舞,
花儿和我跳着舞,
星星和我跳着舞,
因为你的谦卑,
你的心和我跳着舞,
因为世界的谦卑,
我为我的生命而跳着舞。

– 祈泉,2014年10月11日于新加坡

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Earth’s Call Photo Series is created for the love of nature, and this includes the human kind. A harmony relationship between Mother Nature with the human kind has been suggested in ancient philosophy like the book Tao De Jing (道德经), also known by the author of the book Lao Tze or Lao Zi(老子). The adjective ‘important’ is insufficient to describe the importance of nature. Nature, is the fundamental of our very existence, of our happiness, of the growth of our wisdom, and of love. It is the home of our heart.

Senseless Quote of the Furry World Photo Series
2014/10/08

Life Photo Series
2014/07/05

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Senseless Quote of the Furry World Photo Series
2014/07/04

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Senseless Quote of the Furry World Photo Series
2014/07/03

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Senseless Quote of the Furry World Photo Series
2014/07/02

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Senseless Quote of the Furry World Photo Series
2014/07/01

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Senseless Quote of the Furry World Photo Series
2014/06/30

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Earth’s Call Photo Series
2014/05/13

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《慵懒的时刻》A lazy moment
2014/05/11

《慵懒的时刻》A lazy moment

有时候我想
懒惰一下
谁也不想见
音乐也不想听
连梦也不想
连想什么也不想
或许我应该
找一个秘密的角落
让时间
也找不到我
然后看着自己
渐渐融化在
虚空里
没有留下
任何痕迹

Sometime I wish
to be lazy for a moment
to see no one
to listen to no music
even to dream no dream
or not to think about thinking itself
may be I should
find  a secret place
that even time
cannot find me
then to watch myself
slowly dissolving into
emptiness
leaving without
a single trace

祈泉
2014年5月11日于新加坡
Revised on 2016年8月13日

Earth’s Call Photo Series
2014/05/09

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Have not being published anything lately. I hope that I can publish some of the photo series that I have being working on in the last few months. I also hope these photo series will bring you a different perspective in living with and loving nature, the World, and the people.

warmest regard from Singapore,
KC
2014年5月9日

My world through the lens
2013/07/31

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Donah has a very nice blog about beauty and blogging. I saw how her website has transformed in recent year to become the look of a professional website. There are a lot things and experiences we can learn from her. A few weeks ago, Donah asked me to write a guest post about my photography for her , so I gladly agreed and it was published on her website a few days ago. Only now do I have the time to introduce the post here in my blog.

Thank you once again Donah, for a wonderful friendship. Thanks to all the bloggers who have visited my simple and humble blog. The little happiness from you are the candles of my nights in the journey of life, they are brighter than the stars.

Here is the link of the guest post.
http://sweetjellybean.com/2013/07/26/my-world-through-the-lens/

kc
31 July 2013, Singapore.

The Portrait of My Mom
2012/08/12

My mom is 76 now, and she has lung cancer, stage IV. According to the fact sheet, the survival rate is 1% with median survival of 8 months. She first diagnosed with the cancer was about 2 years ago, just barely 7 months after my father passed away because of liver cancer. I was living in London that time, and my world shattered into pieces, and felt the depressed all the time. In the end, I came back to Singapore after being through so many difficulties due to the mental depression. So at home now I can touch her, talk to her face to face, see her smile everyday, and smile to her everyday. There is a price to pay for every decision made in life, and this time, I lost my girlfriend, because she was reluctant to move with me to Singapore.

I do not want to compare which woman is more important in life, because both of them are so important to me in my life, but, one of them is my mom, an old woman, and has terminal illness. I lost my father, and this time, I cannot afford to lose my mom just like I did for my father. This is the most difficult choice I have made in life, and in the end, I bear the name of man of selfishness. May be this is my karma, and I accept it to my heart.

So by living close to my mom, I am delighted to see her everyday, to see the change of her everyday, she has becoming much slimmer, and growing weaker each day, and that is why I need to document her, before she has finally answered to the call of the World, and say yes she will go. Every photo of her is a journey to my heart, and my photography has merged into philosophy, and becoming spiritual part of me.

Now my mom lives with two of my sisters, me, and my younger sister’s boyfriend, we give her our love everyday, so that she will keep ignoring the call of the World, and stay with us as long as she want. She is still able to walk, and smile, and I am just happy to have her each day by my side.

I always love you, my dearest mom.

Kee Chua,
12 Aug 2012, Singapore

References:
http://www.lung-cancer.com/lung-cancer-survival-rate.html
http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/lung-cancer/resources/facts-figures/lung-cancer-fact-sheet.html

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A photo journal of portrait of friends in a journey to Pulau Ubin
2012/07/09

A journey to Pulau Ubin on Sunday, 8 July 2012.

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