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08.02.2019 Ivan Joshua Loh

Personal Best vol.33 | Ivan Joshua Loh

Ivan Joshua Loh

Ivan Joshua Loh, a FUJIFILM X-Photographer is known for his quirky and different approach through his lens. He has received numerous accolades from the International Photography Award, New York and Photography Master Cup. Most Recently a Gold, 1st Place at the 2014 PX3 Prix De La Photographie in Paris .
Ivan started shooting since his teenage years with his father’s Nikon SLR and he hasn’t stopped since. He has lensed campaigns for clients such as Singapore Airlines, MTV Asia, Nike, Bossini, Nanyang Technological University, Caltex, Ascendas-singbridge group, Allianz Insurance, Manulife Insurance, HSBC Insurance, DHL. TNT, UOB, CAAS, Hilton Group, BLINK, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Raffles Hotel, Diegeo, Embraer, Fujifilm, Carlson, TATA Communication, INCOME, GIC,HDB, Clark Quay, HOT FM 91.3, Kiss 92FM, JIA 88.3, Power 98, and CHIMJES.
His editorial works have appeared in magazines such as Home+Living, TopGear Singapore, Her World, Cleo, Seventeen, FHM, Parents World and Home & Decor. His works have also glossed the pages of international magazines such as Conde Nast, Quattroruote, Asian Photography and Digital Photography(UK).

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  • FUJIFILM GFX 50S
  • XF 23mmF4 R LM WR
  • XF45mmF2.8 R WR
  • FUJIFILM X100F
  • FUJIFILM XF10

Story: Old Resident

As a commercial photographer Ivan is always challenged to meet the client’s requirement. He brings this same attitude when shooting street photography. There are many elements that is required to make that shot.  Be it the location, that perfect moment, lucky timing or the rare strange  encounter that lead to that final shot. Above all, the photographer and his tool; the camera must be ready to nail it. They must be One.

Ivan loves shooting series. Just like advertising photography; here is a series on street photography blending with environment with a subject. Sometimes  the moment is indeed a stroke of luck. Most of the time is a waiting game for  that decisive moment. That may or may not turn out the way we envision.  If it doesn’t, we try again.

This last photo is Lai Tak Tsuen. It’s a public housing built in the 70’s on Hong Kong Island. It’s also known as the the “father of public housing”. When I arrived, I realized it’s not that public as one needed an excess card to get in for security reasons. I was tempted to just go back and forget about this location. Instead I waited for a while and boldly blend in with the crowd and just walk
in. It’s truly a classic architecture marvel. After checking this building I found my spot and waited for a resident on the right level to walk pass. I was fortunate to nail it.

I only stayed for 15 minutes before I was busted. Wish I could stay longer. A security officer found me and ask me politely in cantonese to leave as I wasn’t a resident. Was it worth the risk for this shot of an old resident in Lai Tak Tsuen”?  It certainly was and I can’t promised I won’t do it again.

This photo won 2 Honorable Mention in 2017. International Photography Award and International Color Award.

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