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The fifth photograph in the S p a c e s series, my final project for my Black and White Photography class. My favourite photograph in the series. I think the title is pretty self explanatory. Taken inside Lecture Theater 19-A, NTU.


Summary of work done in darkroom for final print

Aperture: f5.6
Filter Grade: 3
Exposure: 12s + 6s burn (top 4 tiers of light) + 3s burn (additional burn on topmost tier of lights) + 6s burn (bottom left)

Equipment used

Nikon FM3A
ISO400 film

About S p a c e s

The law of gravity says that all particles in the universe attract one another. We are inexplicably bound to the universe, sharing an invisible, yet intimate bond with it. The space lying between us and infinity is teeming with unknown forces. We build bus-stops, buildings and benches to fill this space around us and unknowingly form a connection with them.

So bound are we to these spaces around us that we leave a mark upon them. Our story…somehow engraved in time and space. For me, as a student, a significant part of this story of my life was written in my university. It has been, no doubt, one of the most significant journeys of my life. 

But not only has the university left its impression on me, but I too have left my mark upon it, as have thousands of students who have their own story… their own life… all of it absorbed indiscriminately, by the confines and spaces of NTU.

My project is a narration of these stories, this epic journey through a students’ life, told not by myself or any student, but by the spaces that have witnessed these stories take shape. By this project, I hope to capture those spaces in NTU that are usually teeming with life, but are now empty, alone and have nothing left but the memories of those that have passed through them and shared a part of their lives with that space.

As I had mentioned earlier, the story of my project (and that of any NTU student) would not be told by me, but by the spaces I capture. Right from the very first impressions we get of our university from the orientation ceremony in Nanyang Auditorium, to our first home away from home, our first meal etc, to our final farewell…all captured through a series of photographs of the spaces that we interacted with.


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May 15, 2010

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