Located at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre at Gurdwara Street, this free exhibition showcases the creativity and artistry behind a local talent who has gone on to have an illustrious career in fashion photography.
Starting out with a vintage camera, a gift from a childhood friend, Chuan Looi got his big break working for Hong Kong actress Charlie Yeung, who rewarded him with a junior position in her image consultant company, Starz. It was also there when he became assistant to Wing Shya, and the rest is history.
With a repertoire for his work with Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire and more; as well as celebrities like Elle Macpherson, Charlene Choi and Edison Chen, he has come a long way from his humble roots.
Renowned for his highly arresting and compelling photographs, he is given free rein to express that in his first solo exhibition, Lid and Let Live.
Once you step inside, immerse yourself in a series of 25 portraits, all shot in black and white. And that's not the only thing in common (I don't want to give it away, but it's something to do with lid).
Each of these photographs tell a story, and for me, they were mostly gritty and raw, which is very much Chuan Looi's forte. A personal recommendation would be to take in all the photographs before reading the two poems in the exhibition, which would help make perfect sense of the entire exhibition.