Photography Project

100 Strangers Project – No. 27

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw - No. 27

His name is Md. Basheer and he is my stranger no. 27. Mr. Basheer is a retired photographer who shot interior design and food during his 40 year career shooting for magazines in Singapore. He is now driving a taxi but still teach photography sometimes. Mr. Basheer has six children and seven grandchildren. He was going to meet some of them for dinner at his son’s place after he sent me.

I took the photo using my iPhone inside the taxi. The only light source was the overhead lamp. My apology for the digital noise on your otherwise white shirt, Mr. Basheer.

100 Strangers Project – No. 26

100 Strangers Photography Project - by Hendra Lauw - No. 26

His name is Diego Resurreccion and he is my stranger no. 26. I met Diego on board the Star Virgo cruise ship couple months ago. He is from Makati, the Philippines and works as a chef at the ship’s Taverna restaurant. This friendly guy told me that his work arrangement is 10 months on board the cruise ship and 2 months off.

The Silhouette by the Moon – a Photography Project


It’s been a while since the last time I used my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, so when I saw the clear night sky and the almost full moon, I decided to use it to shoot some silhouettes of the branches and leaves against the moon. Even with the addition of 1.4X tele-converter and the 1.3x cropped sensor of the Canon 1D Mark IV, I still had to crop the photo to make it bigger.

The final results give me a feeling of looking into a different world or the world that exist only at night. This is my new photography project.  :)

So, here you go, the Silhouette by the Moon.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 25

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

I met these two lovely ladies when they sat down along the Bali Lane, viewing the photos they took using a Leica digital compact camera. Vera (left) and Kiki (right) are studying in Singapore. They are both from Zhejiang province in China. Kiki said she got that Leica camera from her dad. They are my stranger no. 25.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 24

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This cool gentleman is Craig. He has lived in Singapore for about 32 years now. He was originally from the southern part of New Zealand. He and his son own and run a barber shop and tattoo parlor called Hounds of the Baskerville in Bali Lane, near Bugis. He is my stranger no. 24.

When I met him, Craig was standing in front of his shop, having coffee and smoking. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 23

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

His name is Darren and he is my stranger no. 23. Darren is from Singapore and works in a shop called KIN (Know It Nothing), a multi label boutique in Haji Lane. KIN is selling mainly men’s clothing. When I met him, he was having a break sitting on a bench in front of the shop. After agreeing to be my stranger, he asked if he could go inside to take his hat and wear it for the photo shoot. I think the hat and sunglasses make it cool.  :)


100 Strangers Project – No. 22

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

Stranger no. 22 is Yok Chiang and Sok Hui. They are both university students in and from Singapore.  They are friends of Gyllan, the stranger no. 21. Yock Chiang (left) was doing some street photography when I met her in Haji Lane on 15th June 2013.MORE +

The Unexpected – a Film Photography Project

The Unexpected - a Film Photography Project by Hendra Lauw

I am starting a new photography project, a film photography project. I call it “The Unexpected”.

I will shoot a roll of film, either color or black and white, and when all the 36  frames have been used, I will rewind the film and load it again into the camera and shoot something else using that same roll of film. So, each frame will be exposed twice and the frame for the second shot may not be fully aligned with the first shot. I obviously can’t control what I will get, but I hope I will get one or two nice double-exposure images per roll. Let’s see.

The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations. ~ Eli Khamarov

What you see in this post are the first batch of images from this project, shot on black and white Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film at the beginning of this month using the Olympus OM-1N camera and Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens. Enjoy and come back again to check more images from this project.

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. ~ Masaru Ibuk


100 Strangers Project – No. 21

100 Strangers Project - No. 21 - by Hendra Lauw

Her name is Gyllan. She is a university student from Singapore who likes photography. She was doing some street photography when I asked her to be my stranger no. 21. We met last Saturday, 15th June 2013 in Haji Lane.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 20

100 Strangers Project - No. 20 - by Hendra Lauw

My stranger no. 20 is Joey from Negros, the Philippines. He was on vacation with his family in Singapore when I met him on Saturday, 15 June 2013 along the Haji Lane. He had Olympus E-PL5 with him and shared with me a little about his 19 year old daughter who is into photography and just recently bought a film camera.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 19

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw

My stranger no. 19 is a couple. They are Paula and Myx from the Philippines. They are both working in Singapore. Paula is a recruiter and Myx works in a design company. I met them while they were strolling along the Haji Lane on Saturday, 15th June 2013. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 18

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw - no. 18

Her name is Ann. Ann was on vacation in Singapore for three days when I met her in Haji Lane last Saturday, 15th June 2013. Ann came from Zhejiang province in China and she is my stranger no. 18.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 17

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw

His name is Mohammed Hanif and he is my stranger no. 17.

Hanif came from Karachi, Pakistan about 9 months ago to work at his uncle’s carpet shop in Arab Street. He is now in his mid 20s. Sound familiar? That’s because Hanif is the older brother of Arif, my stranger no. 16. I met Hanif when I went back to the shop to give Arif his photos that I took one week ago.

Here are the two of them together.MORE +