Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Exhibition: Pulau Ubin: The Last Kampung - A photoessay by Nurfasihah and Nur Shafiqah

Select Books is pleased to host an exhibition of photographs by two student photographers, titled Pulau Ubin: The Last Kampung - A photoessay by Nurfasihah and Nur Shafiqah.

Nurfasihah Binti Abdullah, 17, is an Arts student at St. Joseph’s Convent. She has practiced photography since 2008. She quotes Soren Kierkegaard, a philosopher from Denmark, who said, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forewards" and adds, “To me, keeping the wild and nature alive, we have to understand how Pulau Ubin lived through the years. And as the photographer, I shouldn't be indifferent to things that may be extinct.”

Nur Shafiqah Binte Md Abu Bakar, 17, is a Malay Language Major at St. Joseph's Convent. Her interests include photography, arts and languages. She finds education and family as the most important things in her life. Shafiqah has practiced photography since 2009 and continues to enjoy it. “It helps me to relax and I learn a lot from my surroundings when I'm engaged through photography.”

This debut exhibition by the two young photographers also features selected pieces from guest photographers Dr Chua Ee Kiam and Marcus Ng, and is curated by Debby Ng.  It will be held till 30 June 2013.

Guest Photographers
Dr Chua Ee Kiam is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Dental Faculty, NUS and Honorary Museum Associate with the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. He believes that nature conservation is only possible if we are able to see what we are bestowed with and understand the intricacies of the relationships of living organisms. He has produced six coffee table books on nature, including Pulau Ubin: Ours To Treasure and Chek Jawa: Discovering Singapore's Biodiversity.

Marcus Ng is a freelance writer focused on Singapore’s natural and human heritage. He is the author of Habitats in Harmony: The Story of Semakau Landfill and A Ride to Remember: The Story of Mount Faber and Singapore Cable Car. He is an avid nature blogger and photographer.

Debby Ng has documented the natural world and its relationship with society and humanity for over a decade. She is the author of Life of my Sisters, a photographic documentary about the education of young women in Nepal. Debby has taught photojournalism to young women since 2011, with the intent to stimulate social awareness.

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