Yik Keat Lee’s favorite photographs are the ones that give him what he calls the “flashback effect.”
No matter where in the world he is, he makes pictures before they slip away. Brief recollections can last forever if he’s there to photograph them.
The artist lives in Singapore and is currently serving in the country’s military. He taught himself how to make pictures when he was just sixteen, using a phone.
Since then, he’s honed is skills but remains untamed by the “rules” of photography; at twenty years old, he hasn’t lost that spark of youth.
These days, Lee travels about three to four times each year.
He thrives most in places that are as unpredictable as he is. He likes Bangkok and Hong Kong because they’re two of the rare places where modernity and tradition collide.
The best stories, he suggests, can be found in the contradictions brought on by metamorphosis.
That sense of evolution and striving is at the heart of all of Lee’s work.
When asked what inspires him most, he replies simply.
An unquenchable thirst for making beautiful images is far more important than anything that can be taught, and in Lee’s mind, you’re either born with it or you aren’t.
“People who want achieve something so badly they think about it all the time” the artist says, “These are the types of people that inspire me.”
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Image Credit: Photograph by Heather Allen, National Geographic Your Shot
“The lines of the quills were perfect, forming a Fibonacci curl from the nose right to the end of the quill,” writes Your Shot member Heather Allen of this porcupine photographed on the Oregon coast.
“I just loved the light hitting the top quills, setting off its face.
The final [bit of] luck was that he lifted his head and looked right at me.”
Allen’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including Sumatran tiger cub twins, the Rio carnival and a late winter snowstorm in Washington DC.
Northumberland, United Kingdom: The aurora borealis, or northern lights, were visible over the UK last night, pictured here at Dunstanburgh Castle.
Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA
Washington DC, United States: People walk across the National Mall during a snowstorm expected to drop between 12cm and 20cm of snow. Temperatures dropped to -15C earlier in the day – the lowest this winter
Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA
Steve Kay with his custom van (Kay is also pictured in the main image, with his dog).
Image Credit: Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
Fallen from the nest
This tawny frogmouth chick fell out of its nest just a few days short of being able to fly, but thankfully the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers have been advising on care.
Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor susannah_keogh
Detail: “Oh, Dear, My Thanksgiving Dinner!” c. 1907 by Jeanette Bernard:
Jeanette Bernard: American photographer, born in Germany: (1855-1941)
A gelatin silver print from original glass plate negative acquired by Culver Service : 15.6 x 20.0 cm:
from PhotoSeed Archive