Chua Chye Teck, 'Nothing', 2011–2014
Nothing is the outcome of photographer Chua Chye Teck’s wanderings through the urban landscape of Singapore, capturing evocative scenes he chanced upon. These works made with a film camera stand out in the sea of digital images, largely produced with smartphones, that have become deeply interwoven into contemporary life. The photographs convey the textures and tactility of the featured sites, figures, and objects. At the same time, they carry a sense of anonymity. The subject matters depicted are lesser known and nearly invisible, but brought out by Chua’s attention to the qualities of line, structure, light, and shadow in his photography.
Nothing departs from Chua’s other works, where he employs the medium as a form of documentary and way of systematically indexing the objects and situations he encounters. In contrast, Nothing celebrates what is not in plain sight. If asked what Nothing were about, Chua may respond by stating that is simply a series of fragments that can be viewed individually or as a meaningful whole.