Often named among the top 10 photographers to follow in Malaysia, YS Ting, who goes by the moniker Poopeson (for reasons unbeknownst to us), comes with a diverse body of work ranging from lush fashion editorials to polished commercial prints, to vivid, mouthwatering food and beverage visuals, which reveals a sophisticated approach to photography, with a particular emphasis on capturing the light and mood in sleek style.
His all-time curiosity and long suit, however, is portraiture, says Ting, who explains that the eyes are windows to the soul, and as such, tell a unique, profound story of the individual and the moment every time. Capturing the light in the eyes in a still photo, Ting adds, allows him to create that human connection often neglected in today’s fast-paced digital world, and tell many interesting, personal, even meaningful stories, which, he hopes, will lead to many different interpretations and #LightUp an emotional and intellectual response among his audience.
August Man Malaysia, together with Martell NCF, hopes to #LightUp your senses with the world seen through the lens of Ting. In the video, the photographer stages a conceptual portrait shoot of a beautiful model consuming pieces of plastic, alluding to our fixation with physical beauty in contrast with our daily indulgence in unhealthy food and precarious diet. Ting also talks about how taking a chance on photography and keeping a curious eye have come to #LightUp his life with whole new experiences.
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#BeCurious, be inspired and check out our previous episodes in collaboration with Martell NCF, featuring menswear designer Vincent Siow of CMDI; King Quah and Shannon Toh of online custom t-shirt-maker Saltycustoms; Kyle E and Jun Ong of the creative collective POW Ideas; and Chong Fei Giap and Audrey Chew, founders of Loka Made, a creative brand with a particularly Malaysian flavour.