I want people to take a closer look at ourselves
Disconcerted by an Asia that is quickly forsaking its traditions for a modernity that leaves more people on the lower side of equal, she finds herself compelled to photograph the everyday lives of ordinary people.
Using a story-telling format, the photographer looks into a human psyche that is caught between split-seconds of emotional revelations and the harsh truths of reality.
Her photographs seek to be straight-forward and informative, using an aesthetic that is at times confrontational.
Mindy’s training began as a daily newspaper journalist in Singapore. Apart from breaking news, she reported on migrant labour, underprivileged communities and the blue-collared working class. She won a Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) award for excellence in Human Rights Reporting in 2007. Her transition to using the camera as her preferred medium for story-telling began in 2008, when she decided to go solo.
The genres of her work today extend from street photography to contemporary affairs, weddings and sports.
She has photographed for Thomson Reuters, covered the Beijing Paralympics, and commissioned to produce text and photographic reports in cities like Seoul, Mumbai, Jakarta and Shanghai.
Last year, she produced a series of photographs in North Korea which went viral on social media, and subsequently exhibited in France, in the Festival Pil’ours.
Currently, her work about Lee Kuan Yew’s state funeral and Singapore’s mourning are on display at the National Museum of Singapore. She also co-published a photography book ‘Silenced Minority’, about her country’s electoral campaign.
2016 Nikon Street Photography Workshop, Nikon School, Singapore
2016 Photokina, Fujifilm X-Gallery, Köln
2016 Festival Pil’ours, Festival International de Photographie Femmes à Saint Gilles Croix de Vie
(International Festival of Women Photographers, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France)
2016 K+ Instgrm Exhibition, Scotts Square
2016 A Moment of Unity, National Museum of Singapore
2016 One by One metre square, Flaneur Gallery
2010 SKII Clear Water Project Jakarta, Tangs Orchard
2010 Sports Photography Exhibition, Singapore Sports Council
2010 Behind the Wheels of survival (Manila), Jurong East Regional Library
2008 Para Games Beijing, Volvo Art Loft
2004 ‘Fish in a dish’, Singapore International Documentary Film Festival, Singapore History Museum
2004 ‘Fish in a dish’, 9th Malaysian Video Awards Festival, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2009 Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), 2nd place, Creative Portrait
2008 International Photography Awards (New York), 10 Honourable Mentions
2007 International Photography Awards (New York), 2nd place, Editorial Sports
2007 Society of Publishers Asia Awards (Hong Kong), Editorial Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, Honourable Mention
2007 Singapore Press Holdings Special Award for Excellence : Cambodian Dragon Boat Tragedy
2007 Singapore Press Holdings Special Award for Excellence : Abuse In Children’s Home
2006 Singapore Press Holdings Special Award for Excellence : 200 Maids In Little Shophouse Of Horrors
2005 Singapore Press Holdings Special Award for Excellence : Filipino Maid Murder Stories
2004 Crowbar Awards, Bronze, Design – Editorial Publication
2004 Crowbar Awards, Bronze, Advertising – Narrative Photography