“The Universal Mundane” is a self-published photo zine by Singapore-based photographer Lee Chang Ming. Consisting of 40 pages of full-colour images, the A5 publication is an aesthetic exercise which focuses on the beauty of ordinary and locationally nondescript visual situations found across the globe.
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LEE CHANG MING: A zookeeper or a wildlife cameraman. I used to watch hours of nature documentaries on National Geographic and Animal Planet and think to myself that it would be the coolest thing ever to go on adventures and capture all those breathtaking moments.
LCM: Just got back from Sri Lanka and on my way to develop the images taken there. Also, updating Nope Fun, an online platform where I feature contemporary artist and photographers.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
LCM: Nope, mostly learnt through experimentation or the internet.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
LCM: I’m based in Singapore. I’ve been thinking about Manuel Castells’ concept of space as an expression of society and how it applies to Singapore, where tropical rainforest and built urban environments seem to co-exist (in sharp contrast) on a relatively small island.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
LCM: Get off the computer and go take some pictures.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
LCM: I don’t exactly have a plan A.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
LCM: Not necessarily when it comes to photography, but I think it helps keep me motivated.
Galavant Magazine Issue No.2 “Believers” is 117 pages of original literary works and images. Featuring photographers Nguan, Alex Thebez (both have been featured on Nope Fun here and here respectively) and 23 other contributors (including myself!). Additionally, Anythony Gerace and Sarah Eisenlohr were also included in the magazine under Nope Fun’s recommendation.
The publication features articles in which writers provide a piece (poem, prose etc.) and artists have to create a series based on the text. The result is the combination of word and image through the collaboration of two individuals around the theme of “believers”.
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