An Early Start
Photograph Print by Yip Cheong Fun.
This artwork is mounted on mattboard.
Down Memory Lane in Singapore:
An Early Start
As a single body of work, the photographs of Yip Cheong Fun, like this print, reduce themselves to a provocative idea: That we are able, as humans, to capture and preserve, as far as possible, momentary highlights of life in general that we hope to pass on to succeeding generations. The greatness of Yip Cheong’s art is its ability to encourage feelings of empathy, inspiration and wonder within us, even after so many years. The greatness of Yip Cheong Fun’s art is its ability to encourage feelings of empathy, inspiration and wonder within us, even after so many years. The premise of its beauty is to alter our perceptions, whether in history or now, in a quiet reflection of our soul. This picture, like many of the photographer’s pictures, is also a useful document of Singapore’s social history in the last century.
The picture shows the unique skills of Yip Cheong Fun, the Master Photographer who was conferred the title Outstanding Photographer of the Century for his artistic work and as a Seascape Specialist. He has an unparalleled number of images capturing life, particularly the rural scene, and they are nostalgic. It shows compositional excellence and creates a mood in the wee hours of the morning which will go into our memories. To be able to capture the morning light in such a dramatic fashion requires an uncanny skill in the play of light and shadows. The picture also shows the life of Singapore’s workers – how they make such an early start to work each morning. It is like a documentation of life and human endeavour. The image is specific to a time and place – bringing us back to yesteryears in 1948 and a rural area in Jurong with trees and branches framing the picture. This is indeed a great picture, telling a secret about a secret in the days gone by.