Han Shun Zhou | Singapore

Short bio:
Born in Singapore. Photographer and Printmaker, when not doing my day job. I shot my first photograph in my early teens, with my father’s Minolta SRT. It was not until my college days in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts that photography and printmaking became a lifelong passion for me.

Why do you photograph on film?
I love the unexpectedness of film. You never know what you’ll get until it’s been developed. Nothing seems completely perfect on film. It’s this “rawness” that gives photographs it’s “character”.

What is your work about?
To say life moves fast in a city is an understatement. From daily commuting to eating lunches to causal conversations, people go through life in an uncompromising and chaotic pace. Everyone from the rich to the poor, the fortunate and the unfortunate, the young and the old – moves through the city like a chaotic mass, overcoming and absorbing anything in their path. Time in the city seem to flow quicker, memories in the city tend to fade away faster. Nothing seems to stand still in a city. With a population of over 7 million and less than 25% of land developed, this makes Hong Kong one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Confronted by the lack of both mental and physical space in this tiny environment, this series attempts to capture my emotional response to this city.