“I like to look at the strangers that surround me. When I see a person, I like to think of what their background may be, their job, their story…I find a lot of people that cross my path are worth capturing. In my opinion, a great portrait must include a few elements: A unique character, good lighting, interesting environment, able to hold the gaze of its viewer and lastly, it should be able to tell a story with having to elaborate further. ”
Chin Liang was never set on capturing people in their workplaces, his only intent is to have fun shooting on the streets. The idea came to fruition when he was thinking of a catchy title for a series of environmental portraits, he noticed a connection between the images. Between capturing the trades that are slowly disappearing and wandering the streets, he had found himself photographing the everyday man in his ‘office’.
“I like to uncover the most ordinary thing that people are quick to overlook, along the way I discovered there is mush to learn from earlier generations. Perhaps I am the man in the gap, bridging the old and new. I feel there is still much to learn from these elders.”